Overview

The study of a modern language entails acquiring a language system and applying it in four active and interrelated ways: through listening, speaking, reading and writing. These four skills involve exchanging ideas and effective communication. Effective communication, in turn, involves the intellectual process of understanding how ideas can best be expressed to the audience concerned. Understanding ideas, and expressing them clearly and convincingly, demands an awareness of the cultural characteristics of the audience. The study of a modern language, at any level, should enable students to use it spontaneously and appropriately in unfamiliar as well as in familiar circumstances.

 

Aims of a Second Language

 

  • To enable students to understand and use the language they have studied in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes.
  • Enable students to use the language appropriately.
  • Encourage, through the study of texts and through social interaction, an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures.
  • Develop students’ awareness of the role of language in relation to other areas of knowledge.
  • Provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation through knowledge of a language.
  • Provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through language.

Develop students’ awareness of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar.

 

French (SL and HL)

Prerequisites

Students who wish to study French SL should have achieved above 65% overall at the end of Year 10

Students who have studied French before are strongly encouraged to undertake the French SL course rather than the Spanish Ab initio course.

 

Purpose of Course

The French (SL) course is aimed at students with some previous experience of learning the target language. The main focus of this course is on language acquisition. The French (SL) course gives students the opportunity to reach a high degree of competence in the language and explore the culture(s) using the language. The range of purposes and situations for which and in which the language is used extends to the domains of work, social relationships, and global contexts, for example. The types of language needed for these purposes and situations are quite refined.

The French (SL) course gives students the opportunity to reach a high degree of competence in a language and explore the culture(s) using the language. The range of purposes and situations for which and in which the language is used extends to the domains of work, social relationships, and the discussion of abstract ideas, for example. The types of language needed for these purposes and situations are quite refined.

 

This Language Acquisition course could be a combined Scotch/PLC class

 

ObjectivesStandard Level 

At the end of the French course Standard Level candidates are expected to demonstrate an ability to:

  • Communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations.
  • Understand and use accurately oral and written forms of the language that are commonly encountered in a range of situations.
  • Understand and use a range of vocabulary in common usage.
  • Select a register that is generally appropriate to the situation.
  • Express ideas with general clarity and some fluency.
  • Structure arguments in a generally clear, coherent and convincing way.
  • Understand and respond appropriately to written and spoken material of average difficulty.
  • Assess some subtleties of the language in a range of forms, styles and registers.
  • Show an awareness of and sensitivity to, some elements of the culture(s) related to the language studied.

 

French HL is offered after discussion and approval from the class teacher and the Diploma Coordinator.