Friday, 26 February 2016

Resources for new French AS and A-levels

UPDATE: 2nd June 2016

Now uploaded to TES: family (Pearson, AQA) , work (Pearson) and how criminals are treated (AQA)

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Just to let you know that Gianfranco and I are working on a set of resources for the new A-levels for first teaching in September of this year. Gianfranco wanted to produce some translation-focused resources which reflect the practice we described in The Language Teacher Handbook (particularly the recycling of grammar and vocabulary).

We are working on the basis of a source text in French with comprehension and grammar tasks (similar to the sort of thing I write for frenchteacher.net), followed by a set of exercises which lead up to a final translation or graded translations (similar to exercise types which Gianfranco often uses). We would hope these resources would supplement any textbooks soon to be published.

We have mapped out a broad structure of about 20 units of this type (10 for AS-level, 10 for A-level), based on the draft content of the new A-levels. Each unit would have about 8 pages of tasks which would include speaking, reading and writing.

Our current plan includes the following topics:

AS level
Family (done)
Cinema
Cyber-society
Cultural heritage
Voluntary work
World of work (done)
Music and TV
Youth trends, issues, personal identity
Literature/arts
Education

A-level
Diversity and integration
Life for marginalised people
How criminals are treated (done)
Cultural enrichment/celebrating difference
Technology - effect of working lives
Occupation
Resistance
Teenagers/votes/political engagement
Politics and immigration

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