People are now pursuing their careers all over the world and thus the ability to communicate in a foreign language and to appreciate varying cultures is very important.
At Reigate Grammar School A Level French is studied by students of every discipline.
There is scope and choice for study in all areas of interest from European politics to French art, drama and literature, French media and environmental issues. Considerable emphasis is laid on speaking skills and understanding what is heard in French. The multi-media language learning centre ensures immediate access to worldwide sources, interactive communication and all the developing advantages of language laboratory teaching. There is weekly conversation practice with the Foreign Language assistant and a weekly French Lunch where staff and pupils can enjoy informal conversations in French. Trips to French courses or theatre performances are organised to complement the syllabus and widen the students’ exposure to the language and culture.
We give our Sixth Form students opportunities to enthuse younger pupils about languages through volunteering and leading weekly clubs and activities at Reigate St Mary’s and at Reigate Grammar.
The A Level course is a natural sequel to GCSE and is accessible to students who have gained a B grade and above. It includes the practice and testing of skills such as listening, reading, speaking, essay writing, translations into French and into English and listening and reading summaries. The content of the course is detailed below :
Theme 1: Aspects of French-speaking society : current trends
• Modern and traditional family values
• Technological advances & cyber-society
• The role of volunteering in society
Theme 2: Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
• French patrimony and its assets for tourism
• Contemporary francophone music
Theme 3: Current issues in French-speaking society
• Positive aspects of a diverse society
• Social exclusion
• How criminals are treated (prevention, prison, rehabilitation, etc.)
Theme 4: Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
• Young people an politics
• Demonstrations and strikes : who has power?
• Politics and immigration
Literature and film studies
Individual research project
Opportunities for university entrance are good and a number of students of French have been accepted at top university (including Cambridge) in recent years. In addition to dedicated language courses at university, there are many varied courses combining languages with other disciplines such as Law, Marketing, Management, Drama and Art. French at A Level is both challenging and rewarding, offering a wide range of experience and the invaluable development of social skills.
Mme F Chartrain
Head of French