Modern Languages at KS5

Studying languages at A level is not only an exciting challenge, but also an excellent way to develop your communication skills and discover more about other societies and their cultures.

The course is based around the language and contemporary society. You will get extra time with the Languages Assistants to give you that extra support.

The course is focusing on contemporary French and German and is therefore extremely flexible and useful for personal enjoyment, business or Higher Education. When competition for a university place is fierce, having studied a language is often an advantage when applying for any degree. Most of our students go on to study for a language degree or to combine the study of a new language with that of another subject at degree level. This will often lead to an opportunity to spend a year abroad. There is no doubt that studying a language will also enhance your prospects in the world of work.

During year 12 and 13, there will be the chance to undertake a week of work experience in a primary school in Germany or Belgium. To maximise the benefits of total immersion in the language, you will stay with a local family and will take part in sightseeing visits and also get to socialise with your host family and their friends. This will provide a boost for your linguistic skills as well as giving you an insight into other cultures and the daily life of the country you are visiting. This is a fantastic opportunity to not only have a taste of a different type of work experience but it is also an invaluable addition to completion of a UCAS form.

Independent Learning

It is vital that students boost their listening and reading skills by using websites and keeping up to date with current affairs programmes such as watching the news on the TV and radio as well as other programmes from those countries.

Regular vocabulary learning is key to success and to help with this, pupils are encouraged to take advantage of additional lessons with the language assistants organised as part of the time table.

The New Specifications for FRENCH and GERMAN - Starting September 2016

The specification is designed to be taken over one or two years. The specification is identical for French and for German.

This is a linear qualification. In order to achieve the award, students must complete all assessments at the end of the course and in the same series.

Students will develo p their understanding of themes relating to the society and the culture of the countries where the language is spoken, and their language skills.

The approach is a focus on how the target country’s society has been shaped socially and culturally, and how it will continue to change.

Students will study aspects of the social context together with aspects of the artistic life of Target Language countries.

AS SPECIFICATION

Subject Content


Social Issues and Trends

Changing nature of  the family
The “ cyber society “
The place of voluntary work

Artistic Culture

A culture proud of its heritage
Contemporary  music in the Target country
Cinema: the 7th art form

Grammar

 


How is it assessed?

PAPER 1 : Listening, reading and writing

What is assessed?

How is it assessed?

Questions

  • Aspects of Target country’s society : current trends
  • Artistic culture in the Target country
  • Grammar

Written exam : 1 hour 45
80 marks
40% AS

Listening and responding to spoken messages

Reading and responding to written messages

Translation into English

PAPER 2 : Writing

What is assessed?

How is it assessed?

Questions

  • One text or one film from the list in the specification
  • Grammar

Written exam : 1 hour 15
60 marks
30% of AS

Translation into French/ German

Either one question on a set text or on a set film from the specification

All questions require critical response to the different aspects of the work studied.

PAPER  3 :  Speaking

What is assessed?

How is it assessed?

Questions

  • One sub-theme from Aspects of  Target country’s society: current trends
  • One sub-theme from artistic culture in the Target country

Oral exam : 12-14 minutes
60 marks
30% of AS

Discussion of two sub-themes with the discussion based on a stimulus card.

 

 



A2 SPECIFICATION

Subject Content


Social Issues and Trends

The changing nature of family
The “cyber society”
The place of voluntary work

Political and Artistic Culture

A culture proud of its heritage
Contemporary francophone music
Cinema: the 7th art form
Teenagers: the right to vote and political engagement
Demonstrations/ strikes : who holds the power
Politics and immigration

Grammar

 


How is it assessed?

PAPER 1 : Listening, reading and writing

What is assessed?

How is it assessed?

Questions

  • Aspects of Target country’s society: trends and issues
  • Artistic culture in the Target country
  • Aspects of political life in the Target country
  • Grammar

Written exam: 2 h 30
160 marks in total
40% of A Level

Listening and responding to spoken messages

Reading and responding to written messages

Translation into English

Translation into French/ German

PAPER  2 : Writing

What is assessed?

How is it assessed?

Questions

  • One text and one film from the list set in specification

Or

  • Two texts from the list set in specification
  • Grammar

Written exam : 2 hours
90 marks in total
30 % of A Level

Essay  ( 300 words)
One question on set text and film
Or
Two questions on set texts

PAPER  3 :  Speaking

What is assessed?

How is it assessed?

Questions

  • Individual research project

Oral exam : 21-23 minutes
60 marks
30% of A Level

Discussion based on stimulus
and
Presentation and discussion of individual research project

Information extracted from : AQA   New Specifications for As and A Level

 


We really hope that you find this course exciting and challenging!

If you would like further information about studying French or German at A Level, do not hesitate to contact : 
Mrs K  McLay  - Head of Modern Languages k.mclay@thepolesworthschool.com        01827 702205  ext 301