MFL at RSA

KS5 Languages

Key Stage Five French, Spanish and German

We live in a multi-lingual, global society.  Whether it is for pleasure, travel or opening job prospects, the knowledge of a language is a valuable skill in its own right and an asset when combined with another specialism.  French, German and Spanish are currently the most sought after foreign languages by UK employers.

To access the course, you will need a grade 6 at GCSE in the chosen language. We follow the AQA examination board.

French Course Topics

Year 12 content

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.

You will also study a book or a film.

Year 13 content

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.

You will also study another book or a film and carry out an independent research project on the topic of your choice.

German Course Topics

Year 12 content

Aspects of German-speaking society

  • The changing state of the family.
  • The digital world.
  • Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television.

Artistic culture in the German-speaking world

  • Festivals and traditions.
  • Art and architecture.
  • Cultural life in Berlin, past and present.

You will also study a book or a film.

Year 13 content

Multiculturalism in German-speaking society

  • Immigration.
  • Integration.
  • Racism.

Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world

  • Germany and the European Union.
  • Politics and youth.
  • German reunification and its consequences.

You will also study another book or a film and carry out an independent research project on the topic of your choice.

Spanish Course Topics

Year 12 content

Aspects of Hispanic society

  • Modern and traditional values.
  • Cyberspace.
  • Equal rights.

Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

  • Modern day idols.
  • Spanish regional identity.
  • Cultural heritage or cultural landscape.

You will also study a book or a film.

Year 13 content

Multiculturalism in Hispanic society

  • Immigration.
  • Racism.
  • Integration.

Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world

  • Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens.
  • Monarchies, republics and dictatorships.
  • Popular movements.

You will also study another book or a film and carry out an independent research project on the topic of your choice.

Assessment

For each language the following structure is used:

Paper 1

What is assessed?

  • Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources, covering different registers.
  • Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources.
  • Translation into English.
  • Translation into the language of study.

How is it assessed?

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • 160 marks.
  • 40% of A-level.

Paper 2

What is assessed?

  • One book and one film from the list in the specification.

How is it assessed?

  • Written exam: 2 hours. (essays)
  • 90 marks.
  • 30% of A-level.

Paper 3 (speaking)

What is assessed?

  • Individual research project.
  • Knowledge of one of the sub-themes.

How is it assessed?

  • Speaking test: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes’ preparation time at the start of the test).
  • 60 marks.
  • 30% of the A-level.

The examinations cover all topics studied during years 12 and 13.

 

Resources

French

  • AQA A Level Year 1 and AS French Student Book 978-0-19-836688-1 (year 12)
  • AQA A Level French: Grammar & Translation Workbook 978-0-19-841553-4 (years 12 and 13)
  • AQA A Level Year 2 French Student Book 978-0-19-836685-0 (year 13)

German

  • AQA A Level Year 1 and AS German Student book 978-0-19-836689-8 (year 12)
  • AQA A Level German grammar and translation workbook 978-0-19-841554-1 (years 12 and 13)
  • AQA A level Year 2 German student book 978-0-19-836686-7 (year 13)

Spanish

  • AQA A Level Year 1 and AS Spanish Student book 978-0-19-836690-4 (year 12)
  • AQA A Level Spanish grammar and translation workbook 978-0-19-841555-8 (years 12 and 13)
  • AQA A level Year 2 Spanish student book 978-0-19-836687-4 (year 13)

 

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