Coronavirus (Covid-19): Latest updates and information
Skip to main content Skip to navigation

French 5 (LL209)

Summary

Level: Advanced

Prerequisite: prior knowledge of French

  • B2.1 of CEFR (to be finalised at diagnostic interview)
  • or a high grade at A-level• or equivalent in International Baccalaureate
  • or Language Centre French 4 or Intermediate Accelerated
  • or equivalent
Main Objectives:

The principal module aims are:

  • To communicate effectively in situations ranging from informal conversation to a formal interview or presentation.
  • To read and understand articles and a varied range of fictional and non-fictional passages
  • To facilitate students’ selfawareness of strengths and weaknesses in order to improve their learning skills
  • To work towards B2.2 (depending on skill area) standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference).
Credits:

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

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 group)

+ one-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study

One-hour online synchronous plenary (full group)

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

+ 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.

Assessment:

Term 1

one interim test (10%)

Term 2

one independent project (25%)

Term 3

one reading/writing test (25%)

one speaking test (40%)

Tutor:

Magali Toscan

Course Texts (must be bought by student)

G. Vandaele & P. Turk (2018), Action Grammaire - Fourth edition, Hodder Education, ISBN-13: 978-1-5104-3486-8

Recommended Retail Price: £20.99

Course Description

The emphasis of the module will be on improving the following skills:

  • communicating more effectively in French, in situations ranging from informal conversation to a formal interview or presentation
  • understanding extended speech (presentations, news reports, lectures...) and the majority of films in standard French
  • reading and understanding articles in French and a varied range of fictional and non-fictional passages
  • gaining practice in writing essays in French
  • writing formal, transactional, non personal emails in French
  • facilitating students’ self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses in order to improve their learning skills

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have:

  • developed competence in a broad range of complex and non-routine language tasks across a wide and often unpredictable variety of contexts
  • consolidated and expanded grammatical and syntactical competence
  • become more proficient in using a wider range of register and style both in speaking and writing
  • furthered their awareness and appreciation of French and francophone culture
  • developed an appreciation of literary and non-literary texts

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

Successful completion of French 5 qualifies students to progress to French for Business 2 or Language through Films and/or French through Translation.

Syllabus

Skill-based

Reading/writing/listening and speaking on a variety of topics appropriate to the level, including higher education, human rights, diversity (inequalities/discrimination, language...), contemporary French society, politics, literature and film.

Grammar

Consolidation of major elements, such as all tenses, the negative, passive form, direct & indirect object pronouns, relative pronouns, emphatic pronouns, demonstratives, conjunctions…

Subject-specific and transferable skills
  • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Strategies to communicate effectively both in writing and orally in French
  • Intercultural competence
  • 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