What is French?
It's very likely that you studied French at GCSE, indeed many colleges will require it for you to study the A-level so I'm sure you think you know what studying A-Level languages is like. However, A-Level languages are interesting as you get to study not only the language, but the culture, history and current affairs of the French speaking world.
Over the course of your French A-level you'll enhance your linguistic skills and promote and develop your capacity for critical thinking on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and society of the country or countries where the language is spoken; develop control of the language to convey meaning, and extend your range of vocabulary; interact effectively with users of the language in speech and in writing, including through online media; engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the language, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language and understanding them within their cultural and social context; and develop knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of the country or countries where the language is spoken.
Expect lessons to revolve around:
- Listening - interviews, conversations, radio broadcasts, videos, video clips on the internet
- Speaking - role-plays, dialogues, pronunciation practice, short presentations and regular conversation classes
- Reading - articles, magazines, books, newspapers, and internet sources
- Writing - short articles, letters, reports, projects, poems, descriptions
- Grammar - games, revision and practice in class and using the internet
In second year you'll also have the chance to work on your individual project where you can identify a subject or a key question which is interesting to you and which relates to a country or countries where French is spoken. You'll use a range of sources, develop your research skills, analyse and summarise your findings, and present and discuss them in the speaking assessment.
Furthermore, if you are likely you could find yourself on a trip to France. You might have the opportunity to stay with families to experience the language and culture, and explore the country.