Why Study a Foreign Language?
Knowledge of a foreign language can widen a person’s horizons and provide them with many new opportunities. For those who have a passion for communication and an interest in learning about other cultures, then the further study of French or German is a must. Whether students intend to use a foreign language for work, study or leisure, this course will equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to become proficient linguists.
GCSE French or German at Grade 6 or above.
During the 2 year course students will study information and vocabulary on 4 topics:
1. Social Development in France/Germany
2. Political & Artistic Culture in French/German speaking countries
3. Immigration & the French/German Multicultural Society
4. The role of the Resistance in France/Reunification of Germany
In the first year students will also study a French/German film and in the second year a work of French/German literature. For their oral exam at the end of the second year students will choose their own topic to research relating to the social or cultural context of French/German speaking countries.
At the end of the course students will take 3 exams:
Paper 1: Listening, Reading & Translation
Paper 2: Written Response to Works & Translation
Paper 3: Speaking
Some students choose to take a degree in languages, others choose to pursue a different subject but choose a language option alongside it. Having a language at AS or A level will certainly improve a student’s employability, in particular with international companies.
If you aren’t sure whether to choose a language as one of your AS/A2 courses or not, then have a look at these websites to find out why you really should and how being able to speak a foreign language can help you in your future career:
Find out about careers and opportunities available to people who can speak a foreign language and see how embarrassing it can be when you don’t understand someone else’s language. – click here
If you’re not sure where an A level in a foreign language could lead you to afterwards, then take a look at this site for some great job ideas – click here
This following site will give you an idea of just how many other skills you are learning by learning a foreign language, and some famous examples of people who have done just that – click here
Take a look at the Edexcel website to see some examples of German & French AS and A2 exam papers and find out about the exam requirements – click here