LEVEL: A Level – Linear
EXAM BOARD: Eduqas
WHY CHOOSE LANGUAGES?
Studying a language will provide you with an engaging and exciting opportunity to build on your previous study of languages. The courses we offer are French and German and through social, intellectual and cultural themes you will be able to develop your linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of the countries and communities where these languages are spoken. An opportunity to study literature or film will further increase your cultural awareness. A strong focus is placed on building students’ confidence and fluency across all the skills, using topical themes and supported by in-depth analysis of language structures.
AIMS OF THE COURSE
- To develop the ability to communicate coherently with native speakers in speech and writing
- To deepen knowledge about how language works
- To develop an awareness and understanding of other cultures
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Social issues & trends: being a young person in a German-speaking society
- Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships / relationships
- Youth trends, issues and personal identity
- Educational and employment opportunities
Political, intellectual & artistic culture: understanding the German-speaking world
- Regional culture and heritage in Germany, German-speaking countries and communities
- German, Austria, Switzerland and other German-speaking communities in a European context
- Literature, art, film and music in the German-speaking world
As above, plus:
Social issues & trends: diversity & difference
- Migration & integration
- Cultural identity & marginalisation
- Cultural enrichment & celebrating difference
- Discrimination & diversity
AS & A
Political, intellectual & artistic culture: the making of modern Germany 1989 onwards
- Initial & subsequent process of reunification
- Social cohesion in present-day Germany
- Artistic & political movements
- Economic impact of a united Germany
Grammatical structures (see syllabus for specific details)
Developing the key skills of listening, speaking, reading & writing in German to an advanced level
The study of a German-language book or film (AS)
Either the study of 2 German-language books or 1 German-language book and 1 German-language film (A)
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Component 1: speaking
Task 1 – arguing a point of view based on a stimulus card summarising both points of view.
Task 2 – discussion based on stimulus card with questions
Component 2: writing
Listening, reading & translation from and into French
Component 3: critical response in writing
2 essay questions (one brief, the other longer) based on either a literary work or a film from a prescribed list
Component 1: speaking
Task 1 –presentation & discussion of research project
Task 2 – discussion based on stimulus card including image, text & points for discussion in English
Component 2: listening, reading & translation from & into German
Component 3: critical & analytical response in writing
2 essays: one based on a literary text; the other based on either a further text or a film
Biennnial German exchange (£170)
WHERE CAN LANGUAGES LEAD?
Studying languages can lead to Higher Education and further language study. It can provide access to careers in business, commerce and industry, travel and tourism, teaching and research, journalism, translation and interpreting. Learning languages also helps with gaining more from leisure and cultural experiences.