French at KS5

Course ID
AQA 7652
Faculty
Modern Foreign Languages
Department
French
Level
Key Stage 5 ('A' Level)
Head of Faculty
J. Giffen
Head of Department
V. Guenolé

To continue their MFL studies at KS5, a student needs to record a grade of 6 or higher at GCSE.

An MFL ‘A’ Level builds on the knowledge of vocabulary and grammar that students have developed during KS4. Students move beyond talking about themselves and their direct experience of the world to cover more global topics, such as immigration and politics. They deepen considerably their knowledge of the cultures in the countries where the language is spoken. They also have to read at least one work of literature.

Curriculum Termly Breakdown by Year

Year 12

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Week 1 & 2: Intensive grammar revision.
TOPIC AREA Aspects of French-speaking society:
current trends
1. La famille en voie de changement
2. La cyber-société
Grammar test.
Autumn 2 TOPIC AREA Aspects of French-speaking society: current
trends
Finishing Units 1 & 2, including introduction of new grammar.
3. Le rôle du bénévolat
TOPIC AREA Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
4. Une culture fière de son patrimoine
End of unit 1 and 2 assessments (Listening & Writing; Reading & Writing; Speaking – stimulus card section of the exam).
Spring 1 TOPIC AREA Aspects of French-speaking society: current
trends
Finishing Unit 3, including introduction of new grammar
TOPIC AREA Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
Finishing Unit 4, including introduction of new grammar
End of unit 3 assessment (Listening & Writing; Reading & Writing; Speaking – stimulus card section of the exam).
End of unit 4 assessment (Listening & Writing; Reading & Writing; Speaking – stimulus card section of the exam).
Spring 2 TOPIC AREA Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
5. La musique francophone contemporaine, including introduction of new grammar
6. Le septième art, including introduction of new grammar
 
Summer 1 TOPIC AREA Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends.
Finishing Units 5 & 6.
End of unit 5 & 6 assessment (Listening & Writing; Reading & Writing; Speaking – stimulus card section of the exam).
Summer 2 Revision.
Introduction to ‘A’ Level literature text and film.
End of year exam (Listening & Writing; Reading & Writing; Speaking).

 

Year 13

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Study of Literary Text: Kiffe Kiffe Demain.
Study of Film: La Haine.
Individual preparation for Speaking Exam.
Topic Area: Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
1. Les aspects positifs d’une société diverse
2. Quelle vie pour les marginalisés?
 
Autumn 2 Study of Literary Text: Kiffe Kiffe Demain.
Study of Film: La Haine.
Individual preparation for Speaking Exam – researching a topic of interest to the individual which pertains to the French speaking world in order to present and discuss it for the ‘A’ Level speaking exam.
Topic Area: Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues.
Finishing Units 1 & 2: Les aspects positifs d’une societé diverse / quelle vie pour les marginalisés
3. Comment on traite les criminels
Topic Area: Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
4. Les ados, le droit de vote et l’engagement politique
End of unit 1 & 2 assessments (Listening & Writing; Reading & Writing; Speaking – stimulus card section of the exam).
Spring 1 Study of Literary Text: Kiffe Kiffe Demain.
Study of Film: La Haine.
Individual preparation for Speaking Exam.
Topic Area: Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world.
Finishing off units 3 and 4: Comment on traite les criminels / Les ados, le droit de vote, et l’engagement politique.
Essay writing – various themes from Kiffe Kiffe Demain and La Haine. End of unit 3 & 4 assessments (Listening & Writing; Reading & Writing; Speaking – stimulus card section of the exam).
Spring 2 Study of Literary Text: Kiffe Kiffe Demain.
Study of Film: La Haine.
Individual preparation for Speaking Exam.
Topic Area: Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
5. Manifestations, grèves – à qui le pouvoir?
6. La politique et l’immigration.
Revision and exam preparation.
End of unit 5 & 6 assessments (Listening & Writing; Reading & Writing; Speaking – stimulus card section of the exam).
Summer 1 Revision and exam preparation.  
Summer 2 ‘A’ Level Examination. ‘A’ Level Examination.

 

Extended Learning

Year 12

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
Languages Online; Quizlet; News in Slow French; 1jour1actu. News in French – newspapers, magazines, podcasts, radio. French language music. French language TV programmes; French language films. Regularly practise spoken French with other people (native French speakers or your classmates / friends / family who speak French). Visit a French speaking country if possible.

 

Year 13

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
Languages Online; Quizlet; News in Slow French; 1jour1actu. Kiffe Kiffe Demain, related articles, magazines and newspapers. Critiques of La Haine and related articles. La Haine (including trip to BFI if it is being shown on a big screen); French language TV programmes; French language films. Subscribe to L’Institut Français. Practise spoken French with other people (native French speakers or your classmates / friends / family who speak French). Visit a French speaking country if possible.

 

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