My name is Bene and I’m the Course Leader for French A Level. I’m really pleased you’ve chosen to study French at Reigate College and I’m looking forward to welcoming you in person to our friendly Modern Languages Department at the beginning of the academic year.
In preparation for you joining the department and to maintain your language skills, I’d like you to complete a series of tasks over the coming months. I hope you enjoy working through them.
All of the tasks should be completed by Choices Day on 25 August.
The tasks will be released here in three phases:
Explore your Subject – 4 May
The Benefits of Learning a Language
Languages are useful for holidays and travel, but did you know that learning a language can also:
Improve employment opportunities – your linguistic and cultural knowledge will be invaluable to employers.
Improve mental health – by alleviating stress and depression and delaying the onset of dementia.
Improve brain power – making you a better lateral thinker. Often good linguists are also good mathematicians and musicians (though you don’t have to be a mathematician or musician to be a linguist!)
Watch this video and make notes on the benefits of learning a foreign language:
Developing Your Skills
At this stage, you’re probably more concerned about how a language can help you with further studies and your future career. Did you know that by learning a language, you will not only gain language-specific skills such as translating and interpreting, summarising, essay writing and understanding of grammar, but also develop transferable skills useful for any career such as:
confidence and flexibility
interpersonal and communication
debating and discussion.
Compare how these people have used languages in their careers:
You will learn far more than just language on a language course – you will build your cultural knowledge about the countries where the language is spoken, developing an insight into their history, culture, values and beliefs.
French poet Jacques Prévert
Read the following information about the famous French poet Jacques Prévert.
Write a short summary about him in English.
Have a go yourself at translating into English the last three lines of Le Cancre poem in box C.
Make a note of any French words you are unfamiliar with and look up their meaning.
If you were giving a presentation about this poet, how would you best organise the information boxes?
Expand your knowledge
Use the following websites to research and take notes about Jacques Prévert.
You should complete this section of tasks by 1 June.
Get Going – 1 June
One of the best ways to prepare for your A Level French
course is to revise, so you are really confident with what you have already
learnt. Best practice for languages is
little and often, so you are constantly reinforcing what you have learnt. You can do this in lots of enjoyable
Work through the
1. Ma France
Have a look at the Ma France videos from the BBC Languages
Tip: Copy the link into Google Chrome. You may need to install Flash player. Make sure you use the French subtitles too and note how language is used.
2. Revise your vocabulary
Revise your vocabulary from GCSE in a fun
way with Quizlets. Try out all the activities: Speller, Learn, Test, as
well as the games Scatter and Space race for practicing the following essential
words and phrases:
You should complete this section of tasks by 1 July.
Aim High – 1 July
From 1 July
Once you’ve taken part in the College’s first ever Virtual Introductory Day on 30 June, you will be asked to complete a more formal Aim High task (posted here) that it is mandatory for all new students to complete before Choices Day on 25 August.