If you are interested in languages and communication, enjoy learning about other cultures and have already achieved good grades in French, German or Spanish, consider taking a new challenge in a non-European language. We are offering you the opportunity to study for GCSE in your first year, moving on to AS Level in your second year if you choose to continue. Here at Pendleton you will find a.
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Why should I come to Pendleton College?
If you are interested in languages and communication, enjoy learning about other cultures and have already achieved good grades in French, German or Spanish, consider taking a new challenge in a non-European language. We are offering you the opportunity to study for GCSE in your first year, moving on to AS Level in your second year if you choose to continue. Here at Pendleton you will find a supportive learning environment where members of the class quickly get to know each other through a range of activities and work takes place in a friendly but hardworking atmosphere. Enthusiastic teachers will communicate to you their love of language learning and enjoy watching you become more fluent and confident. Teaching takes place in a state of the art digital language laboratory, which makes learning a language more fun and interesting.
What will I study?
At GCSE Level you will develop the four skill areas with which you are already familiar: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Topics at GCSE include media, entertainment, youth culture, education, training and employment, social activities, fitness and health. At AS Level you will develop your reading skills by studying authentic texts taken from magazines and newspapers. You will learn to write essays and reports in Chinese. You will learn the necessary grammar and vocabulary to present information in Chinese, provide opinions, organise your arguments and analyse your ideas.
What will I achieve?
Employers are always asking for people with qualifications in modern foreign languages and this course will give you a language skill that the majority of applicants will not have. This will place you in a strong position for interesting employment with plenty of career opportunities. Journalism, law, media, engineering, business and marketing, travel, sport and leisure, the Civil Service (Immigration, Customs and Excise, the Diplomatic Service), teaching (in the UK and abroad) are good examples of employment areas where knowledge of modern languages is beneficial.
How is the course assessed?
At GCSE Level you will be examined in the four skill areas: reading, writing, listening and speaking. You will take one exam in each of the skill areas and marks are given for the ability to communicate. In the AS examination you will read passages in Chinese and answer questions in the target language, translate a short passage into Chinese and complete a written task such as writing a report or letter in response to a written stimulus.
What else will I do?
Studying a new language allows you to learn about the country where the language is spoken and the culture of its people, as well as developing your own communication skills, confidence and a greater awareness of the world you live in.