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As you may know, Gianfranco and I have been writing some new A-level French resources with a focus on translation, especially translation into French. We are working through the various A-level sub-themes, especially those from AQA and Pearson Edexcel.

So far we have uploaded 10 units of work for AS-level (first year of A-level): on family (AQA, Pearson, Eduqas), cyber-society (AQA) , world of work (Pearson, Eduqas), music (AQA, Eduqas), literature (Eduqas), heritage (AQA, Pearson, Eduqas), education (Pearson and Eduqas) , voluntary work (AQA), personal identity (Eduqas) and cinema (AQA and Eduqas).

Each unit consists of seven to nine dense pages of exercises, including pre-reading tasks, a chunky text, comprehension, oral and grammar manipulation activities, translation into English, pre-translation tasks and, finally, three graded translations into French.

The content is a bit like "skill-building meets comprehensible input"! Fans of Gianfranco's worksheets will recognise the format, while users of frenchteacher.net will pick out the focus on textual work and comprehension.

Answer keys are provided for all exercises, so the units could be handed out for independent study as well as used in class.

In addition we have begun posting similar units for GCSE (intermediate). There will soon be 10 of these in the form of a bundle for £20. Topics include: holidays, volunteering, environment, future plans, the internet and healthy living.

We have designed these with the principles of our toolkit book in mind. There is a lot of recycling of language, so that, if the final translations seem quite difficult, by the time students get to them, they should have recycled so much language that they will not seem too tough.

Each unit is priced at £3 and will last you several years. In late August shall later bundle 10 units for £20.

10 units will represent a photocopiable and editable text book of at least 110 pages of densely packed material. We would consider this to be excellent value, especially since it could be used for several years.

We would anticipate using these units as an add-on to any course book or other materials you choose to use. Private tutors would also be able to make good use of the resources.

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