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French A Level at Burgess Hill Girls

French

The study of French can provide a student access to a whole world, a whole culture, and an entire population. More than 220 million people speak French on the five continents. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. With A level French, students can interact directly with the French-speaking world, be it for reasons of travel, culture, or business.

French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. A knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature in the original French, as well as films and songs. The ability to speak French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France and offers insights into French culture, society, politics and way of life. French is also of immense value when travelling to many places that also speak French, including parts of Africa, Switzerland and Canada.

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 player in an increasingly globalised world, and a capacity to speak and read the language with fluency is a hugely attractive asset.

Students studying French A level will build a huge variety of essential skills, such as communication, interpersonal and intercultural interaction, and public speaking. Students will also have the chance to learn about French culture, cinema, literature, fashion, history and politics.

For any student interested in studying French at university or business school it goes well with most subjects: English, Classics, Geography, History, Economics and others. With an A level, students studying any subject at degree level have the opportunity to keep their language skills current, or improve them, using university language schools.

At Burgess Hill Girls, French A level makes use of interactive and contemporary material, and students will have one-to-one weekly session with the Assistante, to help perfect their pronunciation and fluency. The language lab is an excellent tool to improve listening skills giving girls the opportunity to listen to authentic items of news, watch extracts from French television or study videos.

SCHEME OF ASSESSMENT

The A level is assessed using three exams:

PAPER 1: Listening, Reading and Translation

PAPER 2: Writing in French on two set texts or a text and a film

PAPER 3: Speaking test including an individual research project

AQA A Level French
(Course code: 7652)

PAPER 1: WRITTEN EXAM
2 hours 30 MINUTES
• 100 marks
• 50% of A level

PAPER 2: WRITTEN EXAM
2 hours
• 80 marks
• 20% of A level

PAPER 3: SPEAKING EXAM
20-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
• 60 marks
• 30% of A level
• Assessed by teacher, marked by AQA

 

A Level French at Burgess Hill Girls

German

Germany is one of the world’s biggest industrial countries and economic powerhouses. Germany is also currently the United Kingdom’s biggest trading partner in Europe. More people speak German as their native language than any other language in Europe. It’s no wonder, since Germany’s 83 million inhabitants make it the most populous European nation. But not only the residents of Germany speak German. It is also an official language of Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. It is the native language of a significant portion of the population in northern Italy, eastern Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, eastern France, parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Romania, as well as in other parts of Europe. Despite Germany having the largest number of native speakers in Europe, few people outside the country actually speak the language, which means that the ability to communicate in German is of considerable economic and commercial value. It also allows access to a wealth of intellectual, philosophical, scientific and musical creativity.

Studying an A level in German readily complements an interest in history and culture, in current affairs and politics, international relations and law, in travel or tourism, in literature, or in journalism and the media, not to mention the opportunities it allows for studying the primary sources of many of the most significant and influential scientific and philosophical works. It enables students to develop interpersonal and study skills and learn much more about aspects of the societies in which German is spoken. They gain a profound insight into the rich variety of literary and artistic culture and may choose to take advantage of the popular option to study and write about a prize winning film.

The learning experience is varied, involving use of the state of the art language laboratory facilities, a regular appointment with a highly experienced German native speaker, discussion of German news broadcasts, and immersion in the rich library of extension materials, DVDs, books and magazines that can take students far beyond the demands of the examination specification. As part of the course’s speaking test, an independent personal research project gives students the freedom to individually investigate, in considerable depth, an area of particular interest related to the German speaking world. Discussion of the findings forms the basis of much of the test and the project hones research and discursive skills.

SCHEME OF ASSESSMENT

The A level is assessed using three exams:

PAPER 1: Listening, Reading and Translation
PAPER 2: Writing in French on two set texts or a text and a film                                                                   PAPER 3: Speaking test including an individual research project

AQA A Level German
(Course code: 7662)

PAPER 1: LISTENING, READING AND WRITING 2 hours 30 minutes
• 100 marks
• 50% of A level

PAPER 2: WRITING
2 hours
• 80 marks
• 20% of A level

PAPER 3: SPEAKING
21-23 minutes including 5 minutes preparation time
• 60 marks
• 30% of A level

Spanish

Spanish is the second most spoken language by native speakers in the world, with more than 400 million Spanish speakers in 21 countries, and the British Council has recently ranked Spanish as the most important language British students should learn. With an ever-increasing presence in the global market, emerging economies in the Americas mean that the chance of work and business opportunities from the Spanish-speaking world continue to multiply.

In cultural terms, being able to communicate and understand Spanish opens up a whole world of artistic and literary excellence. Artists such as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Fernando Botero and Frida Kahlo have produced some of the most famous pieces of artwork in the modern era. Writers from Cervantes to Vargas Llosa and García Márquez have enriched global literature, and a total of 11 Spanish-speaking writers have won the Nobel prize for Literature: five from Spain and six from Latin America. For these reasons, and many others, learning Spanish at A level is an immensely valuable and attractive option.

At Burgess Hill Girls, Spanish is taught by native speakers and by bilingual staff whose knowledge of Spanish far exceeds the level normally required for teaching at A level. The combined experiences give students an exceptional preparation for the varieties of Spanish. The department is familiar not only with Castilian Spanish, but also Latin American varieties: our students know they won’t get red wine when they order ‘tinto’ in Colombia!

In the A level, the study of the language is augmented with a look at Spanish literature, society, and history. Appreciating the forces behind the Spanish Civil War, for instance, gives students wider insights into twentieth century history and political systems, which is key to understand the current trends in the Hispanic world. The A level also provides

excellent essay-writing skills that help students to excel at
university across the humanities and social sciences.

A level students benefit from the use of the modern language lab, which allows several students to talk and interact at the same time, with teachers recording all these interventions. Such technology reinforces the school approach to learning, which focuses on the individual needs of each student. A level students take part in regular speaking sessions with our Spanish language assistant, and engage with activities outside of class, such as ‘café español’, where students discuss the issues they are more passionate about, such as independence movements in Catalonia, or economic mismanagement in Madrid.

A level students also take part in a Spanish language immersion trip to Puerto de Santa María on the Bay of Cádiz. During the stay the girls attend Spanish lessons in the morning and take part in excursions and activities in the afternoon, which helps pupils improve both their language skills and their cultural knowledge of Spain.

SCHEME OF ASSESSMENT

THEME 1: ASPECTS OF HISPANIC SOCIETY: CURRENT TREAND
• Modern and traditional values
• Cyberspace
• Equal rights

THEME 2: ARTISTIC CULTURE IN THE HISPANIC WORLD
• Modern day idols
• Spanish regional identity
• Cultural heritage

THEME 3: MULTICULTURALISM IN HISPANIC SOCIETY
• Immigration
• Racism
• Integration

THEME 4: ASPECTS OF POLITCIAL LIFE IN THE HISPANIC WORLD
• Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens
• Monarchies and dictatorships
• Popular movements

Literary text: Crónica de una muerte anunciada, by Gabriel García Márquez

Film: Volver, by Pedro Almodóvar

AQA A Level Spanish, Specification
(Course code: 7692)

PAPER 1: LISTENING, READING AND WRITNG
2 hours 30 minutes
• Four themes and grammar
• 100 marks
• 50% of A level

PAPER 2: WRITING
2 hours
• One text and one film, and grammar
• 80 marks
• 20% of A level

PAPER 3: SPEAKING
21-23 minutes
• Individual research project and one theme
• 60 marks
• 30% of A level

 

A Level German and Burgess Hill Girls

LATIN

Latin A level is so much more than a language, although the language is in itself a true delight. A love of Latin GCSE is the best prerequisite for the course and those who enjoyed at GCSE, will revel in it at A level. The A level course content is a further compelling reason to select it. The set texts below give a flavour of the course content:

A level Latinists will study a subject that is universally recognised for its academic rigour. They will gain superior skills of synthesis, analysis and evaluation and will have a meticulous eye for detail. The grasp of grammar and skills of literary criticism supports other linguistic pathways. When faced with difficulties, a Latinist will resort to logic and will be adept at asking questions and considering hypotheses to solve a puzzle.

As part of a small, vibrant department with plenty of opportunities for leadership and new experiences, life is rarely dull. Some choose to learn Greek in addition, watch Greek Tragedy and attend symposiums. The very popular Classics trip is a further wonderful opportunity.

Cicero Philippic II
In his second Philippic, Cicero lives and breathes the invective with all its passion and seething fury. Written at a time of great political instability, in the aftermath of the assassination of the charismatic tyrant, Julius Caesar, at a time when rivalling, plotting factions lurked in every corner and no one could be quite sure who to trust, Cicero alone dared to stand and take on the enemy of the Republic, Mark Antony. The speech itself contributed to Cicero’s murder not long afterwards and those who admire self-sacrifice and the bravery of speaking one’s mind regardless of the danger have long praised Cicero’s courage. His speech is uncompromising and provocative and exposes in all its

scandalous detail the faults and vices of the enemy, Mark Antony. Roman politics was far from dull!

Virgil Aeneid XI
‘Unhappy one, you will see the bitter funeral of your child!’ (Virgil) This is the story of the devastating loss of the young hero, Pallas. It is surely in the grief of an aged father and in the tragic loss of so promising a youth that the cost of war and empire is truly felt. A serious but moving account with contemporary echoes.

Ovid Amores
Ovid’s scurrilous love poetry is essential reading for any sixth former. Students will gain a better understanding of relationships and Roman culture, but should prepare to be
shocked, amused and entertained.

Apuleius Metamorphoses V
We study the blighted romance of Cupid and his mortal lover, Psyche. An allegory for the relationship between the soul and desire, this is also an adventure story told in hauntingly beautiful Latin prose.

Language: Students will also gain a wider understanding of Roman Love Elegy, mythology, historiography and Roman history whilst preparing for the unseen translation. Our authors will be Ovid and Livy.

scheme of assessment

UNSEEN TRANSLATION

COMPREHENSION OPTION (Not writing Latin)

PROSE LITERATURE

VERSE LITERATURE

ocr A Level latin
(Course code: H443)

PAPER 1: WRITTEN PAPER
1 hour 45 minutes

PAPER 2: PROSE COMPOSITION OR COMPREHENSION
1 hour 15 minutes

PAPER 3: WRITTEN PAPER
2 hours

PAPER 4: WRITTEN PAPER
2 hours

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