What is the course about?
To prepare students to sit the GCE Advanced Level modular examination with 4 exam modules (AQA) in May / June 2020. Syllabus aims to further develop all 4 language skills and to equip students to use the language for practical communication at an advanced level.
What will we cover?
A wide range of themes and contemporary issues in France and French-speaking countries will be used as a basis for general language work. Several topics will be dealt with in some depth, related to society and culture. The examination consists of listening, reading, oral, translation and written papers. There is also a specialist topic essay paper.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- communicate with greater confidence in French
- write more accurately in French
- compare/contrast aspects of French and English civilisation
- demonstrate an extended knowledge of the grammatical structure of French
- sit the A-Level examination with confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Stage 4 course: A level - Students should have a good intermediate level of French. They should be fluent (not rusty) and have a solid grasp of grammatical structures and vocabulary. Please not that a GCSE level is not high enough for this one-year course. Interviews start from July (see details above). Please check the website for details and book early as places are limited.
Active participation is expected and regular homework should be done to enable the tutor to give you.
It is also essential that you have knowledge of more complex grammar terminology such as: the past tenses, the future tense, the subjunctive, the conditional, pronouns.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
- GCE A LEVEL FRENCH – LIVRE DE COURS : AQA A-level French (includes AS) by Casimir d'Angelo (Author), Rod Hares (Author), Jean-Claude Gilles (Author) Publisher: Hodder Education (27 May 2016) I
- Grammar book : Help Yourself to Essential French Grammar (Longman, last edition)
- A bilingual dictionary
There may be other materials. Please contact Languages for further details.
Please try: Grant and Cutler - http://www.grantandcutler.com (020 7734 2012) and The European Bookshop - http://www.europeanbookshop.com (020 7734 5259).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
French 4 or 5 courses according to level. Possibility to take an exam (DELF B2 or DALF C1) according to level. Ask you tutor for advice.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details