AS/A2 French AS/A2 German AS/A2 Spanish 2013 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
Ema’s Perspective I have started French from scratch and have loved learning a new language. The language department is very supportive and the tutors are always willing to give up their time. I have found the tutorials very useful. The weekly speaking classes have been extremely helpful in improving my spoken French and the French Exchange is also a great opportunity to practise with a native speaker and make new friends. I have also done Italian and Mandarin as a part of my Enrichment, both of which I really enjoyed. The atmosphere at Carmel is really supportive and I have enjoyed meeting different people with the same interests as me. When I leave Carmel I hope to study French and Spanish at university.
Ema Gatialova Broadgreen International School Studying: French, Spanish, English Literature, Maths, Critical Thinking
Meet the Tutors Karen Baldwin Head of German and French Tutor Margaret Houghton Head of French Mary McIvor Head of Spanish Roser Gargallo Spanish Tutor/Language Assistant
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.
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? 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.
Mathew’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.
One of the best things about coming to Carmel is that you get to make friends with lots of new people from a wide range of schools. The German classes are large enough for lively German conversation and small enough for personalised help and support. Taking part in the German Exchange has been the best experience of my time at Carmel so far; you get to bond more with classmates, your exchange partners and practise speaking the language in a real German environment. The language department also has the rare advantage of having native speakers who help to develop your speaking skills in small groups every week. After Carmel, I would like to continue studying languages at university with the aim of going into a career in translation.
German Exchange to Stuttgart
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.
Mathew Bonnon Sts Peter and Paul Catholic College Studying: Politics, German, English Language, Spanish
Meet the Tutors Dominique Dorcé French Assistant Gerda Geddes German Assistant
Daniel’s Perspective Carmel is a great place to study with a great working environment and the tutors are always willing to go the extra mile to support you as much as you need. Spanish is an interesting subject which covers many different social and cultural topics. The conversation classes are really good at putting you at ease and helping you develop your knowledge of the language. I have also expanded my language knowledge through Mandarin Enrichment which was really good, and the French Exchange has let me have first-hand experience of another culture and also improved my language skills. After Carmel, I intend to study Languages at university.
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? 2012 saw 100% pass rates in French, German and Spanish at A2 Level. Many of our students study languages at prestigious universities such as Durham and Warwick. Helena Newbold is currently in her third year at Magdalen College Cambridge, and Andrew Gorman is now also reading Modern Languages at Cambridge.
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. 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 20th anniversary celebration
Daniel Lee De La Salle School Studying: Spanish, French, History, Maths, Critical Thinking
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.
What other activities will I get involved in? 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 celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012, 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.