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French 3 (LL236)

Summary

Level:

Prerequisite: prior knowledge of French
• A2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)
• or a high grade in GCSE or equivalent
• or equivalent in International Baccalaureate
• or Language Centre French 2 or Beginners Accelerated
• or equivalent

Main Objectives:

To improve reading and writing skills, listening and speaking skills and improve fluency when spending time in a French-speaking environment.

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)

  • Dufour et al. (2018), Edito B1 - Méthode de français, Didier, ISBN: 978-2278087730 ; Recommended Retail Price: £27.95
  • Maia Grégoire & Odile Thiévenaz (2017), Grammaire progressive du français, Niveau intermédiaire, 4e édition, CLE International, ISBN: 978-2090381030 ; Recommended Retail Price: £ 23.50

    Course Description

    This module will give students the chance to spend some time learning and reinforcing the basics of the French
    language. It will offer an opportunity for students not specialising in foreign languages to improve their communicative competence in French as a supplement to their studies in other spheres.

    For those students intending to travel to France or French-speaking countries, either for study or work placements, the module can work as a refresher and promote confidence-building for communicating with native speakers abroad.

    Successful completion of French 3 qualifies students to progress to French 4.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    • apply knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
    • understand the main points on matters regularly encountered
    • understand texts dealing with descriptions of events and feelings, and with work-related language
    • enter unprepared into conversation, describe experiences and events and give reasons for opinions
    • produce text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest

    By the end of the course, students should be able to perform many tasks at Level B1 Independent user (threshold) of the Common European Framework.

    Syllabus

    Communicative skills:

    Items such as describing people, social relations, work, employment, consumerism, the
    French language and multiculturalism, the media, the environment, art and tourism.

    Grammar:

    Items such as consolidation and revision of essential basic structures including present and past tenses,
    adjectives, object pronouns and relative pronouns, future and conditional tenses, the subjunctive and the passive
    voice.

    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