Harris Academies
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French

Examination Board: AQA

Introduction

A small but vibrant Faculty, we offer students the opportunity to extend their knowledge of Foreign Languages to advanced level in French through the study of cultural, historical, socio-political topics amongst others. Our team of teachers is comprised of experienced and dedicated practitioners, some being native speakers.

Students study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. They will study highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the French-speaking world.

Students also explore the influence of the past on present-day French-speaking communities.

Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.

Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

 

Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

The changing nature of family (La famille en voie de changement)

The ‘cyber-society’ (La « cyber-société »)

The place of voluntary work (Le rôle du bénévolat)

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

A culture proud of its heritage (Une culture fière de son patrimoine)

Contemporary francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine)

Cinema: the 7th art form (Cinéma : le septième art)

Grammar

Students will be expected to have studied the grammatical system and structures of the language during their course. Knowledge of the grammar and structures specified for GCSE is assumed.

Assessment

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing paper

Paper 2: Writing paper

Paper 3: Speaking paper

Career Progression

Degree courses in French or French with Business Studies, Travel and Tourism, Law, Management Studies, French with European Studies and many, many others.

An A Level in French can lead to a career in the following areas:  Travel and Tourism, Secretarial Work, Translation and Interpreting, Journalism, Technical and Scientific Work and Teaching.