You will increase your command of grammar and vocabulary and be increasingly proficient in listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will develop translation and essay writing skills.
The AS year comprises topics on the French way of life which include:
Leisure and lifestyles:
- travel and tourism
- sports, hobbies and entertainment
- customs and traditions
- healthy living: health and nutrition, diet and exercise
- unhealthy living: drugs, aids, smoking, alcohol, etc
The individual and society:
- relationships, responsibilities and gender issues
- youth culture: values, peer groups, fashions and trends, etc
- education, technical training and future careers
You will be taught using a variety of methods to include pair and group work and debates. All teaching is in French: 4 sessions with your teacher, and one session per week with a French assistant for oral work. At the end of your AS French year, you will have the opportunity to take part in a study week in Paris and/or participate in privately arranged work experience in France via a specialist educational agency.
The second year of A Level French further develops and strengthens your communicative skills, sharpens your accuracy and manipulation of language and increases your knowledge both of French culture and of issues which affect contemporary France and the French-speaking world.
- pollution, global warming
- nuclear and renewable energy
- conservation, sustainability and recycling
- role of the media
- racism, immigration, social exclusion
- world of work (employment, commerce, globalisation...)
- the world of French cinema
- 'Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain' by Jean Pierre Jeunet
- 'La Haine' by Mattieu Kassovitz
The level of language is higher, more sophisticated and the issues more complex in the second year of the course. In addition, you will be asked to write an essay on a film in French under examination conditions.