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French Intermediate Accelerated (LL255)

Summary

Level: Intermediate

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

The module is designed to enable students who have demonstrated higher linguistic skills to fast-track two levels, (levels 3 and 4), in one year instead of two.

Main Objectives:

The 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 French language for discussing and analysing aspects of French society.

Successful completion of French Intermediate Accelerated qualifies students to progress to French 5 or French for Business 1.

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 (small group)

+ one and a half-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study

One-hour online synchronous plenary (full group)

+ one-hour online synchronous (small group)

+ one and a half-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

Term 2 - one independent project

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

Tutor:

Claude Trégoat

Course Texts (must be bought by student)

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

Selected texts and resources will also be provided by the tutor.

Course Description

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

  • To understand ideas in complex text, and produce text on a wide range of topics
  • To work towards B2.1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will 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
  • use strategies to work independently on an open-ended project 
  • use strategies to communicate some information coherently and effectively to a specific audience within an open-ended project  
  • perform many tasks at Level B2.1 Independent user (vantage) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Syllabus

Communicative skills

Listening, speaking as well as reading and writing activities will be supported by a variety of authentic written and spoken material focusing on aspects of life and culture in French-speaking countries in addition to topical issues.

We will cover items such as :

Origins/family/social relations, Employment, Consumer society, the French language, Media and the news, the Environment, France and the French, Travel and Adventure, Health + Fitness, the Arts, Technology, Tomorrow's world.

Grammar

We will cover items such as:

  • revision of basic tenses: present, perfect, imperfect, future and conditional
  • compound tenses: ie. pluperfect and conditional perfect
  • the subjunctive
  • adjectives
  • adverbs
  • comparatives and superlatives
  • direct and indirect object pronouns
  • demonstrative and emphatic pronouns
  • relative pronouns and more complex sentences
  • question forms
  • idioms
  • prepositional phrases
  • pronominal verbs
  • making a hypothetical statement
  • conjunctions to develop oral and written skills
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