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French AS and Advanced GCE

Many 21st century jobs are international jobs. One of the aims of the A Level is to provide an opportunity for pupils to broaden their studies and to acquire the different skills required by many employers. Studying French in the Sixth Form helps to develop communication skills, teamwork and independence. Many of the pupils at TWGGS go on to spend part of their education and/or career in other European states. A sound knowledge of one or several languages is increasingly important for whatever choice of career pupils wish to embark upon. Be it in the travel industry, media, business, working for an international organisation or in banking, the study of languages, at AS or A Level, will enhance their prospects.

The specification is designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills specified for GCSE. It promotes progression and provides a suitable foundation for the study of the subject in higher education or provides direct entry into employment. Pupils will be required to listen to authentic material. The items may include informal dialogue, news items and interviews, talks or discussions of a more formal nature. Pupils will listen on their own personal cassette or CD player and have control of the recordings.

Teaching is usually shared by two members of staff in each year group, who use a variety of techniques and also encourage pupils to become independent learners and develop habits of listening and reading authentic resources. We aim to provide an additional conversation lesson with a native speaker to further develop their speaking skills. At school pupils will have access to various reading and audio material for independent research. All materials are authentic and regularly updated.


THEME 1: The Evolution of French Society

  • Changes in the family structure: Changing Attitudes Towards Marriage, Relationships and Family
  • Education: the Education System and Pupil Related Issues
  • The working world: Working Life, Work Opportunities for Young People and Gender Equality

THEME 2: Political and Artistic Culture in the French-Speaking World

  • Music: Changes and Tendencies - the impact of music in contemporary culture
  • Media: Freedom of Speech, Written Media and the Internet - its impact on society and politics
  • Festivals and traditions: Festivals, Customs and Traditions - in French speaking countries

THEME 3: Immigration and France’s Multicultural Society

  • Integration and multiculturalism: The Origins of Immigration (from the 20th century), the Evolution of Political Strategies, the Benefits and Challenges of Integration and Multiculturalism
  • The rise of the French far right: the National Front - its objectives, its leaders and public opinion

THEME 4: L’Occupation et la Résistance

  • L’Occupation: Life under the Vichy Regime and Pétain’s Authority, Occupied France, Collaboration and Anti-semitism
  • La Résistance: the French Resistance, the Importance of Jean Moulin and Charles de Gaulle
PAPER 1: Listening, reading and translation into English written exam. WEIGHTING
This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all four themes. 40%
PAPER 2: Written response to works and translation into French written exam.  
Pupils will undergo the in-depth study of one film and one literary text, including a translation exercise and two essays. 30%
PAPER 3: Speaking - Internally conducted and externally assessed.  
TASK 1 (discussion on a theme) Pupils discuss one theme from the specification based on a stimulus containing two different statements.
TASK 2 (presentation and discussion on independent research) Pupils present a summary of the key findings of written sources used for their research, answer questions and have a wider discussion.

Pupils will require a bilingual dictionary (approximately £25), a personal CD player (£20) for independent listening. We are looking into opportunities to go to France on a study visit during the two-year course (£500-£600). We also hope to offer the opportunity to attend valuable conferences in London, usually once a year.

Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus