You will learn about social trends and artistic culture through the following sub-themes: The changing nature of family, The “cyber-society”, The place of voluntary work, A culture proud of its heritage, Contemporary francophone music, Cinema – The 7th art form. In year 2 the topics studied focus on social issues and political culture: Positive features of a diverse society, Life for the marginalised, How criminals are treated, The right to vote and political commitment of teenagers, Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power? Politics and immigration. You will also study two pieces of work: a film and a novel. You will complete an Independent Research project of your own choice. You will present your findings in the speaking exam and discuss them with the examiner.
This course will be taught in a small group with a teacher. You will be expected to participate actively in class discussions in French. Not only will you be studying the French language but you will also learn to provide a critical analysis of the sub-themes covered. This will be achieved through classwork (sometimes in pair or group work) and through home study. You will be given access to our digital textbook. Your teacher(s) will set assignments under the form of written tasks, online tasks and oral presentations to the class. A significant amount of your time will be spent re-writing your class notes neatly as well as completing further independent study and research. We aim to organise a trip to France (last year we went to Normandy). This is a great opportunity to practise your spoken French in real life situations and get a better insight into French culture.
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing (2h30, 50% of the qualification) .Paper 2: Writing (2 hours, 20% of the qualification). Paper 3: Speaking (21-23 minutes including 5 minutes’ preparation time)
All three papers are externally assessed.
In addition to the standard College entry requirements (see our prospectus), we require a minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE French.
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