Modern Foreign Languages - French/Spanish

Examination Board

Edexcel

Specific Course Requirements

‘A’ or ‘A*’ at GCSE French/Spanish (or equivalent) and the ability to manipulate the language and work independently, a love of language and a determination to succeed!
You will be interested in different cultures and keen to use a different language to understand and to communicate your own ideas. This course is suitable for you if you: enjoy learning French/Spanish and about French/Spanish culture and you want to use a language for further study or work or have a good memory and a logical mind.

Course Content

General Topic Areas for ‘Year 12

Social Issues and Trends (In the target language country): Family, Education (French only), Impact of Tourism (Spanish only), World of Work.
Political, Intellectual and Artistic Culture (In the wider target language speaking world): Music, Media, Festival and Traditions.

General Topic Areas for Year 13

Social Issues and Trends (In the target language country): Immigration and the Multicultural Society
Political, Intellectual and Artistic Culture (In the wider target language speaking world): The Occupation and Resistance (French) The Franco dictatorship and the transition to democracy (Spanish).
 

What do I need to know, or be able to do, to study this course?

You will need to acquire an increased knowledge and understanding of language structures in your chosen language and show that you can apply these effectively when speaking or writing in the language. You must also be able to read and listen to authentic sources in the target language in order to understand specific details and widen your range of language. 

How will I be assessed on this course?

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (into English), 2 hours in total, 40% of final grade.
Paper 2: Written response to works and translation, 2 hours and 40 minutes in total, 30% of final grade.
Paper 3: Speaking, lasts between 21 and 23 minutes including 5 minutes preparation time, 30% of final grade.

What could I do with a qualification in this subject?

You can study the language at university and/ or take up a second language or combine a language with another subject (e.g.Business) at university. You can work abroad or work for a company with international links. Many employers now prefer to employ people with foreign language skills, knowing that the business world is global and that you have the potential to reach a much wider market. 

SIXTH FORM

YG

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 

Year 12

1.Changes in French society

Changes in family structure

Changes in attitudes towards marriage/couples/family

Opportunities for work

  1. Political and artistic culture in the French-speaking world

Musical developments and changes

The impact of music on contemporary culture

Media: Liberty of expression

Written and online press

The impact of media on society and politics

  1. Film – La Haine by Matthieu Kassovitz

 

  1. Changes in French society

The educational system/Student questions

The working world/attitudes toward work

The right to strike

Equality of the sexes

  1. Political and artistic culture in the French-speaking world

Festivals, customs and traditions

Film – La Haine by Matthieu Kassovitz

Independent research project

  1. Film – La Haine by Matthieu Kassovitz

 

 

Year 13

  1. Immigration and French multicultural society

The positive impact of immigration on society

Immigrants’ contribution to the economy

Immigrants’ contribution to culture

The challenges of immigration and integration in France

Communities’ activities

Marginalisation from immigrants’ point of view

The extreme right wing – the rise of the National Front(Le Front National)

The leaders of the National Front

Public opinion

  1. The Occupation and the Resistance

Occupied France

Antisemitism

The Vichy Regime

Pétain

The National Revolution

Jean Moulin

Charles de Gaulle

Women in the resistance

  1. Literary text – Un sac de billes – Joseph Joffo

 

  1. Immigration and French multicultural society

The positive impact of immigration on society

Immigrants’ contribution to the economy

Immigrants’ contribution to culture

The challenges of immigration and integration in France

Communities’ activities

Marginalisation from immigrants’ point of view

The extreme right wing – the rise of the National Front(Le Front National)

The leaders of the National Front

Public opinion

  1. The Occupation and the Resistance

Occupied France

Antisemitism

The Vichy Regime

Pétain

The National Revolution

Jean Moulin

Charles de Gaulle

Women in the resistance

  1. Literary text – Un sac de billes – Joseph Joffo

 

 

 

SIXTH FORM

SPANISH

YG

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 

Year 12

1.The evolution of Spanish society

Changes in family structure

Marriage and relationships

Working world in Spain

Opportunities for work

Literary workLa Casa de Bernarda Alba

2.Political and artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking world

Musical trends and changes

The impact of music on contemporary culture

TV and soaps

New Technology

The impact of new technology on society and politics

 

1.The evolution of Spanish society

The impact of tourism in Spain

Economic opportunities created by tourism

2.Political and artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking world

Parties and traditions

Literary workLa Casa de Bernarda Alba

 

Independent research project

Literary workLa Casa de Bernarda Alba

 

 

Year 13

  1. Immigration and Spanish multicultural society

The positive impact of immigration and multiculturalism on society

Immigrants’ contribution to the economy and culture

The origins of immigration and integration in Spain - the influence of muslims and North African/Latin American immigrants

 

  1. Franco’s dictatorship

Spanish Civil War

The rise of Franco

Daily life under Franco’s dictatorship

Political oppression

Censorship

Divisions in society

The transition to democracy (post 1975)

The role of King Juan Carlos in the transition

Suárez’s government

The impact of the dictatorship on today’s society

 

Film –“El Laberinto del fauno” Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth)