A Level French · Edexcel (Pearson)
Week 1: 1 April – 5 April
Week 2: 8 April – 12 April
Week 3: 15 April – 19 April
Length of Course
9am to 6pm daily
The aim of this French revision course is to develop sound exam techniques while revising the A content as per the AQA specification. Particular attention will be given to grammar and vocabulary related to the following prescribed topics:
- Changes in French-speaking society: family; education; work
- Artistic culture in the French-speaking world: cinema; music; festivals
- Immigration and the multi-cultural society
- The Occupation and the French Resistance: Vichy; Charles de Gaulle; Jean Moulin
- Describing a film and a book: Techniques on writing about a French film and book
Two hours each day will be devoted to the various aspects of French grammar and translation which cause most difficulty. These will include: verb tenses; use of indicative and subjunctive; conditional and “if” clauses; use of infinitive; passive; pronouns; articles; adjectives; adverbs and prepositions.
The remaining hours will be spent working on board-specific exam preparation as follows:
Paper 1 Listening, Reading and Writing
Students will be set tasks from past papers requiring non-verbal answers (e.g. true or false exercises) as well as responses in both English and French.
Reading and Writing Section
Students will be set exam-like tasks requiring non-verbal answers and responses in French. They will also be given translations tasks and cloze tests from past papers, i.e. exercises testing their knowledge.
Paper 2 Writing
Students will practise their writing skills and translation skills by answering exam-like questions based on the AS topics above. They will receive feedback and advice on how to write essays in French.
Paper 3 Speaking
As in the exam, speaking practice will include oral questions on articles printed on stimulus cards, as well as general conversation on the Independent Research topic chosen.