Foreign Languages: French & Spanish
Sixth Form at HCS you have the opportunity to study French and/or Spanish to A2
level. Studying a Modern Foreign Language at Advanced Level can open doors to a
world of new opportunities and experiences. Here are just a few reasons why you
should consider continuing your study of a foreign language:
· Language learning
develops your study skills (i.e. essay writing, research, planning);
· Learning a language
helps to develop your communication skills;
· It gives you the
flexibility to go and work abroad;
· Britain lags behind
Europe in language learning and we need to catch up;
· With the globalisation
of the world economy and advances in ICT, businesses are keen to employ anyone
who can speak a second language to a high level;
· Language learning
promotes tolerance and understanding of different cultures.
or Spanish will combine with, or complement, all subjects at A Level. Furthermore,
today’s technology provides excellent opportunities for learning a language.
Media such as the Internet and e-mail help make the process easier and even
What does the course entail?
the Edexcel syllabus. You will build on what you have done at GCSE, learning to
communicate at a higher and more sophisticated level. You will study a range of
topics relating to the life and culture of the countries where your chosen
language is spoken:
Social issues/ trends: changing family structures, education,
tourism, the world of work;
Political, intellectual and artistic culture: Music, media,
festivals and traditions;
Immigration and the multi-cultural society;
A period of history from either France or Spain;
In addition, you will study a film and a literary text.
What could I do at the end of my course?
in French and Spanish are important qualifications in their own right, showing
employers that you are an outgoing, confident and articulate person, who is not
afraid of challenges.
follow a textbook which will be supplemented with newspaper articles,
audio-visual materials, magazines and books. In addition, a range of target
language websites and films are used.
Sixth Form you will usually have two language teachers. You will be taught as a
group but there will be plenty of opportunities for pair work, group discussion
and debate. Lessons will be largely in the target language and you will be
expected to participate and contribute as much as possible. Smaller class sizes
mean you will quickly build up your oral fluency with the teachers able to give
individual guidance in every lesson.
Homework will be set after each lesson and you are encouraged to expose
yourself to as much target language as possible through reading and listening
exercises and by visiting a country where the language is spoken.
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