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YORK PGCE October 2015
“Decoupled” AS and A-level
From September 2016 AS-level is a standalone qualificationAS-level can be co-taught with A-levelAS-level a one year courseA-level a two year course with exam at the endNo re-sitsSame grading structure as now: AS-level A-U, A-level A*-U
New, more “rigorous” content
DfEasked ALCAB to look at existing A-level and suggest improvementsALCAB criticised level of cognitive challenge, inconsistencies across schools and content too general, too much like GCSEAll content to be rooted in the culture of the target language culturesPrescribed list of literary works and filmsReaffirmation of the importance of grammar and translation
DfEprescribed content
Topics should come from general themes:Social issues and trendsPolitical, artistic and intellectual cultureGrammarExam boards have worked within this framework and produced specifications they think students and teachers will enjoy
AS and A-level French content (1) - OCR
Stereotypes, equality and gender - the family (different structures and relationships); attitudes to marriage; gender identity; equality of opportunity; the roles of men and women; the effects of communication technology on human relationships.Modern world issues - eating habits, genetically modified (GM) foods, vegetarianism, organic food and food production in target language countries and communities; obsessions and addictions; impacts of lifestyle on health, sport and fitness; technology.Law and order - types of crime, demographics of crime and punishment; cybercrime; crime prevention measures; punishments (prison, fines, alternatives to prison).
AS and A-level French content (2) - OCR
Medical advances and related ethical issues - medical research; animal testing; genetic engineering; cosmetic surgery; the effect of extending life expectancy on demographics.Aspects of artistic culture - the popularity and significance of TV, film, theatre and music in the countries and communities where the language is spoken; music as an element of personal and national identity; the impact of digital technology in the world of the arts.Aspects of political culture - political systems; the impact of politics on the individual and society (education, housing, the environment, employment and migration); the role of the EU.
AS and A-level German content (1) - AQA
• Thechangingstate of thefamily(FamilieimWandel)• The digital world (Die digitaleWelt)•Youthculture:fashionand trends, music,television(Jugendkultur: Mode,MusikundFernsehen)• Immigration (Einwanderung)• Integration (Integration)• Racism (Rassismus)
AS and A-level German content (2) - AQA
• Festivals and traditions (Feste und Traditionen)• Art and architecture (Kunst und Architektur)• Cultural life in Berlin, past and present (Das Berliner Kulturleben damals und heute)• German and the European Union (Deutschland und die Europaïsche Union)• Politics and youth (Die Politik und die Jugend)• German re-unification and its consequences (Die Wiedervereinigung und ihre Folgen)
AS and A-levelSpanishcontent(1)- AQA
Modern andtraditionalvalues(Los valores tradicionales y modernos)•Cyberspace(El ciberespacio)•Equalrights(La igualdad de los sexos)•Immigration(La Inmigración)•Racism(El Racismo)•Integration(La Convivencia)
AS and A-level Spanish content(2)- AQA
• Moderndayidols(La influencia de los ídolos)•Spanishregionalidentity(La identidad regional en España)• Culturalheritageorculturallandscape(El patrimonio cultural)•Today'syouth,tomorrow'scitizens(Jóvenes de hoy, ciudadanos de mañana)•Monarchies,republicsanddictatorships(Monarquías, repúblicas y dictaduras)• Popularmovements(Movimientos populares)
Literature and film
AS-levelStudents do one book or one filmAssessed by a target language essayA-levelStudents do EITHER two books OR one book and one filmAll works come from prescribed lists
Example books (French)
Césaire - Une saison aucongo.Camus - L'étranger .Nothomb - Stupeur et tremblements.Mauriac - ThérèseDesqueyroux.Labro - Le petit garçon.Grimbert- Un secret .Guène- Kiffekiffedemain .Molière - L’Avare.
Example films (French)
La HaineLes quatre cents coupsLe CorbeauJean deFloretteIntouchablesSans toit ni LoiEntre lesmurs
Example books (German)
Böll - DieverloreneEhrederKatharinaBlum• Brecht -MutterCourageundihreKinder•Dürrenmatt- DerBesuchderaltenDame• Frisch -Andorra• Heine –Gedichte-Buchder Lieder•Hensel-Zonenkinder• Kafka - DieVerwandlung•Kaminer-Russendisko• Lenz -Fundbüro•Schlink- DerVorleser
Example films (German)
Good bye, Lenin!• Das Leben der Anderen• Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei• Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland• Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage• Lola rennt
Example books (Spanish)
• Esquivel - Como agua para chocolate• Lorca - La Casa de Bernarda Alba• Zafón - La sombra del viento• Isabel Allende - La casa de los espíritus•Sender- Réquiem por un campesino español• Bécquer - Rimas y leyendas• Fernando Fernán-Gómez - Las bicicletas son para el verano• Manuel Rivas - El lápiz del carpintero• Gabriel García Márquez - El coronel no tiene a quien le escriba
Example films (Spanish)
Volver• El laberinto del fauno• Ocho apellidos vascos• María, llena eres de gracia• El bola• Las 13 rosas
Individual research project
Part of A-level only.Student chooses own area of interestMust relate to TL cultureResearch must include online sourcesAssessed as part of the A-level speaking test (presentation and discussion)
AS-levelThree papers, one of them a speaking assessment. Task types include listening, reading, translation, TL essay (on film or literature). Individual control of audio.A-levelThree papers, one of them a speaking assessment. Task types include listening, reading, translation, TL essay on film or literature. Individual control of audio.
Lesson activities
Discussion from spoken and written textsListening with audio and video (gap fill, matching, questions, summary, multi-choice, true/false,etc)Translation both waysGrammar exercises (pattern drills, gap fill,etc)Studying film and literatureICT-based tasks
Whole class oral workInformation gap pair workTask-based activitiesGamesExtensive readingIndividual research (reading and listening)Preparing for assessmentEssay writing and technique





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