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Why study Modern Foreign Languages(French/Spanish)?

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The subject provides opportunities to develop language skills and general knowledge through student focused assessment. With an element of personal choice and a wide range of appealing content and opportunities, the course allows students to gain a greater understanding of another culture. Grammar is studied alongside the various themes. Studying a language helps students to become well-informed world citizens and effective communicators.

Course content/Outline:

French A Level Spanish A Level

Year 12 - Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

  • The changing nature of family
  • The 'cyber-society'
  • The place of voluntary work
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • A culture proud of its heritage
  • Contemporary francophone music
  • Cinema: the 7th art form
  • A film – La haine

Year 13 - Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

  • Positive features of a diverse society
  • Life for the marginalised
  • How criminals are treated
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
  • Politics and immigration

Year 12 - Aspects of Hispanic society: current trends

  • Modern and traditional values
  • Cyberspace
  • Equal rights
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
  • Modern day idols
  • Spanish regional identity
  • Cultural heritage
  • A film – Volver

Year 13 - Multiculturalism in Hispanic society: current issues

  • Immigration
  • Racism
  • Integration
  • Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
  • Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens
  • Monarchies and dictatorships
  • Popular movements

A literary work

An individual research project

Students have individual/group speaking classes with the support of our Foreign Languages Assistant.

What career opportunities are there?

Languages are intellectually challenging, and both universities and employers look more favourably at potential candidates who have a language. Languages are the key to communication and you can combine a language with any other field of study at university, as well as open wider employment opportunities in a global market. Here are just a few possible career fields: International Sales and Marketing, Investment Banking, Law, Education, Government, Journalism, Travel and Tourism.

Syllabus: French / Spanish
Examination Board: AQA
More information: Miss L Bowers