AS/A2 French AS/A2 German AS/A2 Spanish 2012 Entry
Modern Languages 1987-2012 •
Build on the skills already acquired during GCSE and practise 25 Years listening, reading, writing and speaking at an advanced level
Digital Language Lab with the latest technology to help improve individuals listening and speaking skills
Wide range of language learning resources
Conversation classes with native speakers
Opportunities to travel through trips and foreign exchanges
Annual Language Day at Manchester Metropolitan University
Leads to a wide range of career opportunities
1987-2012 25 Years of inspiring individuals
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Stephanie’s Perspective Carmel has a great working and socialising environment with plenty of work spaces to be with your friends. I love studying French because I think the language is fascinating. The lessons are fun and entertaining but if you find the work is hard, the tutors are always willing to help. The lessons and extra support have helped me to improve my French skills and have prepared me for university and my career. When I leave Carmel, I plan to study Speech Therapy at university.
AS/A2 French, AS/A2 German, AS/A2 Spanish Exam Board WJEC How are the courses examined? Examinations are at the end of the AS course and the A2 course. There are two units for each course. Coursework is not available in any language at any level and the use of dictionaries is not allowed in any of the examinations. The examination is topic based and the topics are virtually the same for all three languages. Literature is not compulsory in the AS or A2 examinations at Carmel. Students are able to retake AS units to boost their A2 mark. AS Level Unit 1 – Oral 15 minutes (60 marks) The exam consists of 2 parts. After 15 minutes preparation time you will have to reply to questions based on stimulus cards, which in turn are related to the topics covered in Unit 2. You will be expected to organise facts, present explanations and information and you will also gain marks for accuracy, range of vocabulary, pronunciation and intonation. The second part is a general conversation, where you will have to talk about your personal interests, your studies and plans for the future.
Stephanie Hall Kirkby Sports College Studying: French, English, History
Unit 2 – Listening, Reading and Writing 2 hours (98 marks) All three skills will be tested in this one examination paper. You will have individual control of the listening material, which means you can listen to the recording as often as you like. The items will be of varying length, will reflect everyday situations and will include formal and informal items, such as brief conversations, interviews and reports. The reading part of the examination will be based on items of varying length, taken from newspapers, magazines and advertisements. You will also have to translate from the foreign language into English. The final section of this examination is an essay from a choice of four, based on the topic areas. There are two main topic areas for both Unit 1 and Unit 2: Leisure and Lifestyles This includes travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy living - health and nutrition, diet and exercise, unhealthy living – drugs, aids, smoking, alcohol etc The Individual and Society This includes relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture (values, peer groups, fashions and trends), education, vocational training and future careers.
What is the Modern Languages department like?
Meet the Tutors Karen Baldwin Head of German Margaret Houghton Head of French Mary McIvor Head of Spanish
We are friendly and supportive! Our Modern Language department has a suite of rooms comprising of teaching bases equipped with interactive boards, multi-media projectors and wireless internet connection. We also have a wide range of language resources and a digital Language Laboratory. All our resources are designed to help you to develop your language skills in a varied and exciting way. As an advanced Modern Languages student you will have opportunities throughout the course to use the internet, software languages programmes, TV and have access to up to date texts, dictionaries, CDs, magazines and journals.
Frank Park French and Spanish Tutor
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Daniel’s Perspective A2 Level Unit 3 – Oral 20 minutes (60 marks) Again there are two parts to the A2 oral examination. After 15 – 20 minutes preparation time you will be asked to discuss the issues raised in a short written stimulus passage. You will then be asked a few questions about the topic and then give your own opinion during the discussion which follows. In the second part you will give a presentation, which you have prepared in advance and then talk in detail about the issues raised. Your presentation must be about a film produced originally in the target language. Tutors will decide which film you will study. Unit 4 – Listening, Reading and Writing 3 hours (98 marks) As with Unit 2 you will have control of the listening material, which means you can listen to it as often as you like. The recordings will be based on authentic material and may include informal dialogue, news items and interview, talks or discussions. The reading and responding part of the examination will also be based on authentic texts in the form of a narrative, interview, informative or argumentative articles. You will also have to translate a text from English into the language and write an essay in French / German / Spanish of 400 words on a different film which will be selected by the tutor.
The topics in Unit 4 are divided into two groups: Environmental Issues including technology, pollution, global warming, transport, energy, nuclear energy, renewable energies, conservation, recycling, sustainability. Social and Political Issues including the role of the media, racism, immigration, social exclusion and integration, terrorism, world of work (employment, commerce, globalisation etc). How will I be assessed? Homework is set and marked with a grade each week. There is also a weekly verb test in the first term of AS and a monthly grammar/ vocabulary test. This will give a good indication about your progress.
German Exchange to Stuttgart
I love the atmosphere at Carmel and the tutors are really helpful and willing to give up their time. I have loved learning a new language and more about the culture of Germany. The exchange was a fantastic opportunity and I would recommend it to anyone. I really improved my language abilities and I’m still in touch with the friends I made. The tutors are brilliant. Karen will always give time up to help and she has loads of films and books that she’ll lend you, and Gerda is really helpful too. She’s lived here for so long that there’s nothing she doesn’t know how to translate. After Carmel I hope to go to Manchester University to study German and Spanish.
Daniel Rice Sts Peter and Paul Catholic College Studying: German, Spanish, Maths, Law, Critical Thinking
What support will I receive? All AS/A2 foreign language students attend a weekly conversation class in their chosen language(s) in order to develop their speaking skills and boost oral confidence. These sessions, which are compulsory and conducted in small groups by native speakers, form an integral part of preparation for the AS/A2 oral examinations. Further support in grammar and in improving reading, writing and comprehension skills is given in weekly tutorials some of which require compulsory attendance. A ‘fast track’, more advanced tutorial session is offered every week for more able linguists. As exams approach, we try to organise regular twilight as well as some holiday revision sessions for both AS and A2 students.
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Meet the Tutors Dominique Dorcé French Assistant Roser Gargallo Spanish Assistant Gerda Geddes German Assistant
Rebecca’s Perspective I am glad I chose to study Spanish at Carmel as there is an increasing demand for foreign languages in the workplace nowadays. The Spanish culture is interesting and the teachers are very supportive. Enrichment is a great chance to try new things whilst gaining some experience for your university personal statement. During my Enrichment I have done knitting, badminton and am hoping to do the Science Challenge. After Carmel I intend to study Medicine at university and become a doctor; thanks to the careers support at Carmel I now know what I have to do to achieve this goal.
Frequently Asked Questions Where does a modern languages qualification lead?
What are the entry requirements?
Students in recent years have gone to university, studying languages by themselves or combined with other subjects, such as business, management, law, administration, ICT, engineering, international marketing and journalism. The choice is endless!
You will need GCSE grade B in your chosen language(s).
Can I study more than one language? Yes – several students study two languages but many study just one. Does it matter if I have only studied French, German or Spanish for just one or two years? Not at all! When you begin the AS course you will find that we review a lot of the work done at GCSE and build on it. What happens if I feel I am ‘weaker’ in one of the skill areas such as speaking?
Do I need to have studied a language to GCSE to start AS Level? In the majority of cases, yes – but it is possible to take up a new language from scratch, provided that you have proven ability in another language. How successful are Carmel’s modern languages students? 2011 saw 100% pass rates in French, German and Spanish at A2 Level. Many of our students applied to study languages at university, either as a major or minor subject, and a number were offered places at the prestigious Durham and Warwick Universities. Helena Newbold is currently in her second year at Magdalen College Cambridge reading German and Spanish, a fantastic achievement!
This is not a problem as during the first few weeks of the course you have an opportunity to plan with your tutor what you can do to improve all your skill areas.
Rebecca Darracott De La Salle School Studying: Spanish, Physics, Biology, Chemistry
Remember – if you feel that you are experiencing difficulties with any part of the course there is always plenty of help on hand to support you. French Exchange visit to the Boulangerie
What other activities will I get involved in?
More Information Detailed exam specifications are available from the WJEC website: www.wjec.co.uk Any member of the languages staff will be delighted to answer your questions either at the Open Evening or at another time convenient to you.
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There is a range of activities available to encourage our students to have a more ‘hands on’ approach to the study of their chosen language. Our French Exchange to the Vendée entered its 19th year in 2011, whilst German and Spanish students were also offered the opportunity to travel. The German Exchange with the Ferdinand Porsche Gymnasium in Stuttgart was extremely popular whilst Spanish students enjoyed a four day cultural visit around Barcelona. These are all invaluable opportunities for students to practise their language skills as well as experience the culture and way of life. In recent years French and Spanish students have been very successful in national competitions, winning trips to France as well as books and dictionaries. Other activities include annual A Level language days at Manchester Metropolitan University and opportunities to learn conversational Spanish and Italian as part of the Enrichment Programme.