Senior School

A Level Modern Languages

Modern Languages (AQA)

French (7652); German (7662) and Spanish (7691)

 

Why study other languages when everyone speaks English?

Actually only about 6.5% of the world's population speak English as a first language. Researchers calculate that another 18.5% speak it as a second or foreign language which leaves 75% of the world population who don't understand a word. No-one would deny that English is now a global language, and that there has been a huge increase in English learning throughout the world - but that just means that the world is becoming more multilingual - and monolingual English speakers are being left behind. Over 60% of British trade is with non-English speaking countries.

 

Aren’t languages a difficult option?

The new specifications build on the same skills as GCSE and so the transition to A level is a continuation of that. Moreover, in addition to the normal classes, you will have a weekly conversation lesson in a small group with one of our native-speaker language assistants to build up confidence and fluency as well as being able to benefit from a wealth of current and stimulating teaching materials.

 

So, why study modern languages?

The obvious reason for studying modern languages at AS or A2 is to develop the knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE level and therefore to be able to use French, German or Spanish in a wide range of contexts and with increased fluency and enjoyment. But there is more to it than that…

 

You can gain a useful insight into another culture…

You will learn more about the history and culture of the target-language countries. Finding out about other cultures will make you start to think about your own country and background.

 

It gives you transferable skills …

You will develop skills, such as communication and analysis which are of practical use in and is highly valued for almost any higher education course or career.

 

It could offer opportunities to travel, study and even work abroad …

An AS or A2 in a modern language will give you real possibilities to get abroad and meet people, visit places and see the sights. Over your two years of study, you will be given opportunities to participate in study visits, homestays and/ or work experience in Europe.

 

You may wish to combine a subject at university with a language …

At many universities, modern languages can be studied with virtually any other subject in a combined degree, from fashion to politics, music to maths.

 

It will enhance your employment prospects …

In the job market, a second language is a demonstrable skill and will give you the edge on your competitors. Recent research shows that UK graduates in modern languages have one of the lowest unemployment rates and are recruited by a wide range of sectors including business, manufacturing, banking and finance.

 

Subject content & assessment

Unit number & length of exam

Content

Contribution to assessment

A LEVEL EXAMINATION

 

 

PAPER 1

(2 hours 30 minutes)

 

100 marks

Listening, Reading and Writing on the following topics:

·         Social issues and trends

·         Political and artistic culture

  • Grammar

50%

PAPER 2

(2 hours)

80 marks

Writing:

Two essays on either one text or one film or two texts from the list in the specification

20%

PAPER 3

(21 - 23 minutes including 5 minutes preparation time)

60 marks

Speaking:

A discussion of one sub-theme from Social issues and trends or Political and artistic culture

Presentation and discussion of an individual research project

30%


 

 

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