With fewer and fewer people learning other languages, learning French will make you stand out to any employer. You will be able to offer a rare skill. What’s more, speaking French opens up study opportunities at renowned French universities and business schools, ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world. If you’re thinking even further into the future, the ability to speak French is an advantage on the international job market. A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and the continent of Africa). As the world’s fifth biggest economy and third-ranking destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.
Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation based on four society and culture-related themes. Section A is a listening assessment based on a recording, featuring male and female speakers. Students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources. Section B is a reading assessment based on a variety of text-types and genres where students will have to respond to comprehension questions. Section C is an unseen passage to be translated from French to English.
Paper 2: Written response to works and translation based on the study of two books and/or films. Section A is an unseen passage to be translated from French to English. Section B students must write two extended responses on either two different literary texts studied or one text and one film. They select one question from a choice of two.
Paper 3: Speaking. Students will be assessed on their ability to use a range of language accurately, communicate and interact effectively, summarise and analyse findings from written sources relating to their research subject, and show knowledge and understanding about the culture and society where the language is spoken.