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MFL: French

French

Continuing with the study of French to a higher level is an invaluable skill which promotes confidence, develops independence, resilience and creativity and allows students to delve further into the most interesting aspects of Francophone culture and language.

At Ashington Academy, the modern foreign languages department deliver a specialist and immersive course which continues to develop and perfect students’ productive and receptive skills. Speaking, listening, reading and writing are continually practised via the study of a wide range of themes which give a historical, social and cultural context to the study of the language. Lessons routinely use clips from French news channels, newspapers and magazines to discuss and debate topics relating to changing attitudes towards family structure, secularism in education, the 35-hour working week, immigration and integration laws and the role the Vichy government played during the occupation of France in the 1940s.

In addition to these themes, there is a specific focus on film and literature. Students will have the opportunity to complete an in-depth study of one film and one novel, focussing on the techniques and intentions of the specific director and author. These studies are further complemented by a visit to the Tyneside cinema to participate in a session of film analysis and discussion with native speakers and other A level students from the region. 

An exciting aspect of the A Level course is the Independent Research Project (IRP) which allows students to research and lead on a topic which they are passionate about. It allows students to become the ‘expert in their field’ and to lead a discussion and debate on their chosen area. This offers the perfect opportunity for linguists to display their strengths in other areas.

The A level French course at Ashington Academy provides linguists with the high-quality skills needed to move forward for further education and employment. Former students have benefited from their qualification to continue with the study of languages at university, to pursue careers abroad, to move onto a variety of courses including medicine, law, journalism and teaching.

 

 

Year 12

 

Learning outcomes

  • The A Level course in French aims to build upon the high-level skills and techniques already practised at GCSE in order to create fluent and confident language learners.  Students will complement their knowledge of the francophone world by studying a wide range of authentic and current materials across all four skills.   

Topics taught

  • A variety of topics are taught across 2 key themes. These include:-

les changements de la structure familiale

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le monde du travail

le musique

les médias

les festivals et les traditions

Students will also undertake an in-depth study of a French novel and a French film and begin preparations for an Independent Research Project about a topic concerning any aspect of the francophone world that is of interest to the student.

 

 

Year 13

 

Learning outcomes

  • The A Level course in French aims to build upon the high-level skills and techniques already practised at GCSE in order to create fluent and confident language learners.  Students will complement their knowledge of the francophone world by studying a wide range of authentic and current materials across all four skills.   

Topics taught

  • A variety of topics are taught across 2 key themes. These include:-

l’impact positif de l’immigration

les défis de l’immigration et de l’intégration en France

  • ême droite

la France occupéé

le régime de Vichy

la Résistance

Students will also continue to study the skills of analysis of a French novel and a French film and continue to research and prepare for their Independent Research Project about a topic concerning any aspect of the francophone world that is of interest to the student.

 

Link to exam specification

 

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/french-2016.html

 

Year 12 student

J’adore apprendre le français. Les cours se concentrent sur les thèmes culturels et je parle beaucoup. J’aime étudier les films et la littérature francophones!