MODERN LANGUAGES: FRENCH, GERMAN & SPANISH Examination Board: AQA “If you speak to a man in his language, it goes to his heart” – Nelson Mandela. Course content: Fluency in a language is a skill in demand which can be allied to many careers which require a European or global context. Speaking another language enhances confidence and social skills and increases your career prospects in the European and global market place. The four skills, listening, reading, speaking and writing practised at GCSE level are further developed, but through more contemporary topics which encourage discussion and debate. Studying a language encourages you to question your own ideas and those of others, looking at issues from a broader perspective. Topics covered. AS A Level Travel & Tourism Leisure Health Relationships Youth Culture Media Environmental Issues Immigration Politics World of Work Technology Crime & Punishment Skills acquired: Fluency in writing; speaking and understanding a modern foreign language; high standards in linguistic competence and intellectual rigour; a deeper knowledge and understanding of the culture and civilisation of another country; an ability to substantiate an opinion and make use of a range of reference material offered beyond the classroom. Links with other subjects: The topic areas are broad therefore History, Geography, Art, English Literature and Science would help students with their language studies. Possible careers: Fluency in a language is a skill in demand which can be allied to many careers which require a European or global context. This skill enhances confidence and social skills and increases your career prospects in the European and global market place. A language combines well with many other subjects such as: Business; ICT; Law, Accountancy, Journalism & Tourism. Prior experience: It is advisable to have at least a grade B at GCSE and a keen interest in developing your understanding of French, German or Hispanic culture. In order to develop oral fluency, students will be expected to visit the country of the language they choose during their Sixth Form studies. Student comments: “Smaller groups means lots more opportunity to speak and develop my confidence”. “It’s great having enough language to really discuss interesting topics”. “I really enjoy the French, German and Spanish films and TV coverage – it makes you see things from a different perspective”. “It’s challenging but rewarding”. “The French Exchange brought the learning experience to life”.