Modern Foreign Languages

Everyone smiles in the same language.

COURSE OUTLINE

There is a lot of evidence that firms in the UK are actively recruiting staff who can speak another language for a whole range of careers.

Many companies cite communication and language skills as essential when looking for new staff. As competition for university places increases, communication skills may be what make you stand out from the crowd! Nowadays, there are so many combined degree courses, law/accountancy / science / medicine with languages – leading to a wide range of exciting career opportunities. It is also a skill for life. It makes sense to study a language in the Sixth Form!

The course builds on all of the work done at GCSE.

Course Structure and Organisation

You will learn to use French, Spanish or German in a wide range of situations, the aim being a high level of fluency at the end of the course.The topics are really varied so will greatly improve your linguistic ability and also learn about culture, history and society.You will be examined in June of Y13 for all units involving written work.The speaking exam will take place in April / May. This is conducted by your teacher.

REQUIREMENTS

Grade 7 or above

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

French

AQA Core content (studied by all candidates) – 50% of final grade.

  •       Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
  •       Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
  •       Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  •       Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
  •       Grammar specified for A-level

 Literature and Film (chosen by Stokesley School) – 20% of final grade

  •       Film – Entre les Murs
  •       Novel – No et Moi

 Speaking (studied by all candidates) – 30% of final grade.

       Unplanned discussion of a core content theme

  • Student presentation and discussion of chosen Independent Research Project theme (to be chosen by each student towards the end of year 12).

 More detail is available online at: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/french-7652/specification-at-a-glance

Spanish 

AQA Core content (studied by all candidates) – 50% of final grade. 

  •       Aspects of Hispanic society
  •       Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
  •       Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
  •       Aspects of political life in Hispanic society

Literature and Film (chosen by Stokesley School) – 20% of final grade

  •       Film – Volver
  •       Play – La Casa de Bernarda Alba

Speaking (studied by all candidates) – 30% of final grade.

  •       Unplanned discussion of a core content theme
  •       Student presentation and discussion of chosen Independent Research Project theme (to be chosen by each student towards the end of year 12).

More detail is available online at: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/spanish-7692/specification-at-a-glance

 German

AQA Core content (studied by all candidates) – 50% of final grade. 

  •       Aspects of German-speaking society
  •       Artistic culture in the German-speaking world
  •       Multiculturalism in German-speaking society
  •       Aspects of political life in German-speaking society
  •       Grammar specified for A-level

Literature and Film (chosen by Stokesley School) – 20% of final grade

  •       Film – Das Leben der Anderen
  •       Novel – Der Vorleser

Speaking (studied by all candidates) – 30% of final grade. 

  •       Unplanned discussion of a core content theme
  •       Student presentation and discussion of chosen Independent Research Project theme (to be chosen by each student towards the end of year 12).

More detail is available online at: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/german-7662/specification-at-a-glance

Requirements

Grade B or above

What type of student is this course suitable for?

The course is linear and students sit all exams at the end of two years’ study.  They will study current issues and trends in French-speaking society, as well as aspects of artistic culture and political life. In addition they will develop their knowledge of advanced vocabulary and grammatical structure.  A high level of spoken element in each lesson will enable students to quickly develop their confidence and competence in spoken French, Spanish or German.

Where could this course take you?

Jobs directly related to a Language degrees can include interpreting or translating, as well as journalism.  Other possibilities would be the Diplomatic Service, international law, marketing and international aid or development and the Intelligence Service to name but a few! Language skills are highly sought after by employers: the Confederation of British Industry has stated that the UK economy loses over £48,000,000,000 per year due to a lack of language skills amongst the British workforce.

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