FRENCH, GERMAN & SPANISH AS / A LEVEL

 

Exam Board:  Eduqas (WJEC)

Entry Requirements:  6+ in GCSE French / German / Spanish, with 6+ in Writing.

The syllabus introduces learners to advanced language studies and provides an engaging and inviting opportunity for learners to build on their previous study of French/ German/ Spanish.

Through social, intellectual, and cultural themes, learners will be able to develop their linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of the countries/communities where the language is spoken.

The opportunity to study literature and film will allow learners to develop a critical understanding of a work and its language structures, and to increase their cultural awareness as part of an integrated approach to language learning.

A strong focus is placed on building learners’ confidence and fluency in spoken French / German / Spanish using relevant and topical themes.

 

Course Description:

 

The specifications cover two main areas of interest:

  • Social issues and trends

  • Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture.

Each area of interest is divided into themes that will be covered over the duration of the course.

Students will also have tuition with the Foreign Language Assistant individually or in small groups. Cultural experiences e.g. cinema, theatre, internet and videos are a valuable feature of the course.

 

Year 12

Areas of interest

Social issues and trends

Political, intellectual and artistic culture

Themes

Sub-themes

Being a young person in French/ German/ Spanish -speaking society

· Families and citizenship

· Youth trends and personal

· Education and employment opportunities

Understanding the French/ German/ Spanish -speaking world

· Regional culture and heritage in France/ Germany/ Spain, and in Target Language speaking countries and communities.

· Media, art, film and music in the French/ German/ Spanish -speaking world

Year 13

Areas of interest

Social issues and trends

Political, intellectual and artistic culture

Themes

Sub-themes

Diversity and difference

·         Migration and integration

·         Cultural identity and marginalisation

·         Cultural enrichment and celebrating

·         Discrimination and diversity

GCE  A Level French

France 1940-1950: The Occupation and post-war years

GCE  A Level German

The making of modern Germany: 1989 onwards

GCE A Level Spanish

The two Spains: 1936 onwards

 

 

 

…French, German and Spanish continued

 

 

Assessment:

 

This qualification is made up of three components:

  • Component 1 is a speaking assessment.

  • Component 2 combines listening, reading and translation.

  • Component 3 assesses the learners’ response to a literary work or a film from a prescribed list.

Students will be assessed on their progress across all three components with an AS exam, and  then at the end of the second year students will sit their final A Level exams covering content from the three components from across the two years of study.

 

Why you should consider this course:

  • Modern Foreign Languages are highly valued by universities, particularly those in the Russell Group.

  • In addition to gaining the linguistic skills to communicate with people speaking a different language, you will discover different ways of thinking, seeing and relating to the world.

  • Learning languages helps you to appreciate diversity, enhances your sense of social responsibility.

  • By learning another language, you will become better at your own language.

  • Scientific studies demonstrate that studying another language has a positive impact on brain development and functioning. It enhances creativity, memory, problem solving skills, and ambiguity tolerance. It has been even demonstrated that the onset of Alzheimer’s disease is delayed in bilingual people as compared to monolinguals.

  • The value of foreign languages is widely recognised by employers and educationalists. Studying a language to A-Level is obviously useful if you wish to pursue a career specifically related to languages.  However, competence in other languages is a ‘must’ now in many other fields of work, for example, law, business, journalism, science and engineering.

  • Having a language can increase your salary from 8% to 20% and gives you a head start on other potential employees as by speaking another language you’re vital to any company who does international business.

Subject suitability for degree course or future career:

“In today’s world, English graduates without languages are at a real disadvantage,” (Anny King, Emeritus Director, Language Centre, Cambridge University).  We think the course is interesting, enjoyable, challenging and relevant to the needs of our students.

 A survey conducted with our Year 13 students shows that they judge our A-level course (topics and methodology) to prepare them well for the demands of further education.

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