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French 4 (LL208)


Higher Intermediate. Modules offered to undergraduates who already have a good knowledge of French: 5-6 years of French, AS or rusty A level French (or equivalent) or who have successfully completed French 3.
Main Objectives:
To strengthen reading and writing skills and reinforce the communicative skills acquired during previous study of the French language.

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS


One 2-hour language class each week for 21 weeks.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Moodle to facilitate this.

Students will be able to take part in the online exchange with the Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France.


Louise Sandford

Course Texts (must be bought by student)

  • Antier, Bonenfant, Chort, Dollez, Guilloux, Pons (2015). Alter Ego + B2 Méthode de français, Hachette, ISBN: 978-2-01-401550-8
  • Heminway (2012). Complete French Grammar, McGraw-Hill Contemporary, ISBN: 978-0071787819

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • develop strategies for locating information and understanding structure
  • understand and produce the main ideas of complex text on concrete and abstract topics
  • understand extended speech in a variety of contexts, and the gist of most current affairs programmes and films (including implied meaning)
  • read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems
  • interact with fluency and spontaneity, and account for and sustain viewpoints
  • write clear detailed text on a wide range of subjects; explain viewpoints on topical issues, giving advantages and disadvantages

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform many tasks at Level B2 Independent user (vantage) of the Common European Framework.


Communicative skills

Term 1 will cover items such as : Identity, Health + Fitness, Migration + Travel, Cities and City Life, Housing.

Term 2 will cover items such as : Work + the Workplace, the Arts, Food, the French language. Languages and Cultures, Citizenship, Ecology, Politics.


Term 1 will cover items such as : revision and consolidation of all tenses, the Present Participle, pronouns (1), adjectives, adverbs, basic use of the Subjunctive.

Term 2 will cover items such as: pronouns (2), the Subjunctive (2), compound tenses, developing your oral skills and written style.

Course Description

This module will strengthen reading and writing skills and will also reinforce the communicative skills acquired during previous study of the French language. Students will gain further insights into the culture and civilisation of French-speaking countries. The module will offer a more advanced study of language structure and syntax, and will concentrate on using the target language for discussing and analysing aspects of French and society.

Successful completion of French 4 qualifies students to progress to French 5.