The Modern Languages Department at MCS aims to provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation as well as a rewarding and successful learning experience that will allow pupils to participate confidently and competently in communicative exchanges with native speakers.
French at Pre-U is a rich and diverse discipline. A radical departure from GCSE, it offers prospective pupils the chance to learn about French history and culture and to keep abreast of current social and cultural changes in French society through a wide range of written and spoken source material. The emphasis is on using French in authentic contexts, and on exploring France’s world-renowned literary and cinematographic tradition. Pre-U French offers a fresh and engaging syllabus which focuses on immersion in authentic language and culture – from the news media, radio, television, the internet, film, and literature.
The Cambridge Pre-U Modern Foreign Language syllabus for French aims to:
The course is assessed in four exams, each equally weighted towards the final grade.
Topics in French include: friendship and brotherhood, World War II, the representation of women. Texts include Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac and Beaumarchais’ Le Barbier de Séville.
Pupils are expected to research and discuss aspects of the history, current affairs or cultures of countries where the target language is spoken.
The oral exam will be practised in individual weekly lessons with the dedicated French Language Assistants.
Some of the authentic texts and resources that the French Pre-U syllabus draws upon, can be found below.
|Luchini||Dans la maison||2012|
|Audiard||De rouille et d’os||2013|
|Louis Malle||Ascenseur pour l’échafaud||2005/1958|
|Theodore Zeldin||The French||2012|
|Stephen Clarke||A thousand years of annoying the French||2011|
|Begaudeau, François||Entre les murs||2007|
|Begag, Azouz||Le gône du chaaba||1997|
|Guène, Faiza||KiffeKiffe DemainStephen Clarke||2005|
|Coward, Richard||French stories parallel texts||2001|
|Maupassant||Contes de la bécasse (short stories)||2013|
|MCS intranet||MCS Waynflete anthology : 15th-21st century literary excerpts|