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Awarding Body: EDEXCEL
This is the first half of the A level course.
It is a stepping stone to the full A level qualification. You can take
just the AS or you can decide at the end of the AS course to take the full
A level. The AS will develop your Listening, Reading & Speaking skills.
full A level is made up of the AS modules plus three more modules. You
further develop your Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking skills.
Teaching methods are varied and range from whole
class teaching to group work and pair work. Students have regular use of
the language laboratory. Students also make extensive use of the internet
and will be able to watch Italian television on the college satellite T.V.
Students are encouraged to develop research skills involving the library,
the internet and the facilities of the Italian Cultural Institute. Italian
is used as the teaching medium where appropriate.
have the opportunity to develop the following skills: communication,
Information Technology and working with others.
1: Listening and Writing
You will be given a question paper/answer
booklet and an individual cassette. You will have personal control of the
cassette. The cassette will contain about 5 minutes of authentic material.
The reading material will include items such as extracts from magazines,
reports and books.
You will do a range of exercises which will
require mainly short and some longer answers in Italian.
Reading and Writing
This module is based on answering questions
both on Italian and English based on short extracts and texts.
3: Speaking (35 minutes)
You will give a short presentation on the
topic which has interested you the most. You will then discuss your topic
with the examiner (10/12 minutes).
Unit 6: Listening,
Reading, and Writing (2.30 hours)
You will be given a question
paper/answer booklet and an individual cassette. The cassette will contain
about 7 minutes of authentic material. The reading material will include
extracts from magazines, reports and books. The exercises will require
some short but mainly long answers in Italian. There will also be
translation from Italian to English.
Unit 5: Writing (2 hours).
will answer two questions in Italian demonstrating in each an in-depth
knowledge of one of the set texts, literary or non literary topics
prescribed for study.
Unit 4: Speaking (15 minutes)
test has two parts. The discussion on the text will last 5 minutes. You
will take part in a general conversation based on 2 or 3 of the topics
studied during the A2 course for unit 4 and unit 5. This will last about
Skills & Commitment:
Regular Attendance - the course is designed for 155 hours of tuition at AS
& 185 hours at A2.
· 3 hours of
private study per week.
· An interest in current affairs.
Regular attendance at classes.
students have the option of studying languages in their own right or
alongside other subjects. In the global market there is virtually no
career in which qualifications in a modern language does considerably
is compatible with all subjects and is of particular interest to those
interested in the business world, literature, film, journalism etc.