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Subject Intent: Why French?

The French curriculum intends to deepen a curiosity and love of languages and other cultures, as well as develop an advanced understanding of how languages work. Through a focus on both culture and communication, we aim to foster a passion for exploring a foreign language and comparing it to our own. Language learning provides an insight into others’ countries
and cultures and thus widens our intellectual horizons and promotes social mobility. We aim to broaden students’ knowledge and skills beyond the subject specification, exposing them to as much authentic material as possible. We aim to challenge our students to achieve a high level of communicative competence, thus not only developing literacy skills but also strengthening students’ resilience and problem-solving skills. Through studying French students will see the benefits of travelling the world and will be offered the opportunity to visit and have first-hand experience of family life in France, therefore ensuring they have the skills to communicate and have meaningful and life changing experience.

Why should I study this subject?

Studying French increases your understanding of the language and your ability to write and speak with greater accuracy and confidence in a range of situations. It develops your understanding of how languages, including English, work and improves your attention to detail. It also offers you the chance to find out more about French culture and society and develops your capacity to see the world through other people’s eyes and understand their point of view. Languages are regarded as some of the most academic subjects so universities and employers value them. Many students go on to study French or another language as part of their degree, often in combination with another subject such as History, Law or Business; languages go well with every other subject. Fluency in French can allow you to work or study in France or other French speaking countries, during your studies or later in life.

 What will I study ?

In Year 12 and 13, students will study topics from a range of political, social and cultural themes, for example:

• Music
• Cinema
• Immigration
• Diversity in the French speaking world and a film and a novel

There will also be a study topic of individual choice in Year 13 to prepare for the oral examination.

I enjoy studying French as we can discover another culture through their music, heritage, politics, and a multitude of other topics. The weekly speaking sessions have certainly improved my fluency, which is what I hope will improve further when studying French at university.

Sophie Lama, South Axholme Academy

What are the entry requirements?
Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here