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French 4 (LL208)



Prerequisite: prior knowledge of French

  • B1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)
  • or a high grade at AS-level
  • or equivalent in International Baccalaureate
  • or Language Centre French 3
  • or equivalent
Main Objectives:
To understand ideas in complex text, and produce text on a wide range of topics. To work towards B2.1 standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference).

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS


Our aim, Covid-19 arrangements permitting, is one weekly blended session for 21 weeks, organised as:

Students who can attend face to face 

Students who cannot attend face to face  

One-hour online synchronous plenary (full group) 

+ one-hour face to face on alternate weeks (small groups) 

+ one-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study. 

One-hour online synchronous plenary (full group) 

+ one-hour online synchronous on alternate weeks (small groups) 

+ one-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study. 

+ online exchange with the Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Some independent study will also be set.

NB: teaching will move fully online in case of new health & safety restrictions.


Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore for a 30 credit module, the minimum expected amount of study is 300 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.


Term 1 - one interim test

Term 2 - one independent project

Term 3 - one reading/writing test + one speaking test


Mélanie Jolivet-Balon

Course Texts (must be bought by student)

  • Heu, E. & Mabilat, J-J (2015), Edito B2 - Méthode de français, Didier, ISBN: 978-2278080984 (RRP Blackwell's £27.95)

    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 society.

    Successful completion of French 4 qualifies students to progress to French 5 or Business 1.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    • apply knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
    • understand the main ideas and some detail of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics
    • 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
    • develop strategies to work independently on an open-ended project 

    • develop strategies to communicate some information coherently and effectively to a specific audience within an open-ended project  

    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

    Activities will be centred on literary/non-literary texts and audio-visual material focusing on the following themes:

    • la France et les Français
    • les voyages/l'exploration
    • la santé
    • l'environnement
    • l'art et la culture
    • le monde du travail
    • la technologie et la vie quotidienne
    • le monde de demain

    Consolidation and focus on the following:

    • revision of all tenses in the indicative
    • uses of the subjunctive
    • the present participle and its uses
    • hypotheses
    • demonstrative pronouns
    • direct and indirect object pronouns
    • relative pronouns
    • comparatives and superlatives
    • conjunctions to improve oral skills and written style.
    Subject specific skills
    • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
    • Strategies to communicate effectively both in writing and orally in French
    • Intercultural competence
    Transferable skills
    • Communication skills: writing and oral presentation, defending one’s point of view
    • Intellectual skills: critical thinking, analysis
    • Organisational skills: independent work, time management
    • Interpersonal skills: flexibility, adaptability and the ability to work with others
    • Digital skills: online tools, online collaboration