French A-level

Course Dates: 19/09/18 - 12/06/19
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Henriette Harlall

A stimulating and demanding course preparing you for the A-level exam in one year. Course fee includes non-refundable exam costs, payable in advance. Can be paid in instalments. See website for interview dates in July or September 2018.

Term dates will be T1: 19/09/18-12/12/18 - T2: 16/01/09-3/04/19 - T3: 1/05/19-12/06/19

Two mock exam sessions Fri 15/03/19 & 17/05/19. The second session of interviews will be held in July and September 2018. Please confirm attendance and approximate time of arrival to languages@citylit.ac.uk.

Description

What is the course about?

To prepare students to sit the GCE Advanced Level modular examination with 4 exam modules (AQA) in May / June 2019. 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
ISBN: 9781471857959
- 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 City Lit 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

Reviews

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Even though it was very demanding, I really enjoyed this A Level course. It is taught in one year instead of the traditional 2 years and because of that, I did find it difficult to grasp all concepts such as the subjunctive and use of idioms but overall I thought it was taught well. In order to get the top marks, you do need to consult the AQA syllabus and see what is required, for example, difficult grammar constructs such as use of "en" and "dont". For people interested in doing this course and wanting to get a good mark, I would advise you make Bescherelle your best friend for the next 9 months and do ALOT of extra French work outside of the classroom!
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Review by Ritz / (Posted on 24/08/2018)
Although I got a lot out of doing French A level, this course provides just one third of the typical 360 guided hours for A level language programmes. In my case - and I was not alone - this meant setting aside on average 12 hours a week to study over the 8 months available.
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Review by Beaver / (Posted on 21/06/2018)

This course has now started

Course Code: LFY41

Started Wed, eve, 19 Sep - 12 Jun '19

Duration: 32 sessions (over 39 weeks)

Full fee: £899.00
Senior fee: £899.00
Concession: £617.00

Call us to check your level, see if you can still join the course or to discuss other suitable courses

020 7492 2644

languages@citylit.ac.uk

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