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French 6 through Films (LL298)

This module runs in Term 2. Please also see French 6 for Global Engagement (LL2C7) for Term 1


Level: Advanced

Prerequisite: Prior knowledge of French

  • Successful completion of Language Centre level 5 equivalent module
  • Or a B2+ level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • Or a good A level or equivalent + 1 year of further study
  • Or equivalent

This module is designed to help students achieve a high level of language proficiency in French and to maximise their experience of the language. It is structured around viewing and discussing feature-length films in French to foster a better understanding of French-speaking societies and to explore contemporary issues and the linguistic variants portrayed in the films.

Successful completion of Film qualifies students to progress to French 7 for Contemporary France and French 7 for Enterprise.

Main Objectives
  • To develop listening skills by being exposed to a variety of accents/registers/contexts from the French- speaking world at native speed.
  • To enhance cultural awareness.
  • To build critical analytical skills.
  • To work towards C1/C1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference

15 CREDITS, also available for 12 CREDITS.

Teaching and Learning

One weekly blended session for 9 weeks, organised as:

  • Two-hour class face to face on campus
  • Some independent study will also be set.

If health & safety restrictions are required, teaching may move online.  

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 120 hours. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Moodle to facilitate this.


Term 2 - week 10

  • one writing test (50%)
  • one speaking test (50%)

Mélanie Jolivet-Balon

Course Text

No textbook is required. Selected texts will be provided.

The films studied will be made available to students in Moodle.

Course Description

The module is taught entirely in French. It is structured around watching a weekly film in French. It requires students to write a weekly essay/"fiche de film" and to actively participate in class discussions. It draws on aural and written documents such as reports, interviews, documentaries, articles, reviews, forums, etc., about topics explored or inspired by the films.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand speech even when it is not clearly structured and explicit.
  • Demonstrate an extended lexical, grammatical and syntactical knowledge of French.
  • Demonstrate a high level of language proficiency by conversing more fluently and spontaneously in French.
  • Identify, synthesise and present in French core and complex arguments developed in films, texts and discussions.
  • Demonstrate a higher degree of intercultural awareness such as the changing social environment and the cultural and linguistic diversity in the French-speaking world.

Indicative list of films

  • Maurice Pialat "L'enfance nue"
  • Claire Denis "Chocolat"
  • Philippe Lioret "Welcome"
  • Etienne Chatiliez "La vie est un long fleuve tranquille"
  • Jean-Paul Rappeneau "Cyrano de Bergerac"
  • Stéphane Brizé

Subject-specific and transferable skills

  • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Strategies to communicate effectively both in writing and orally in French
  • Using appropriate resources (linguistic or technological) to produce accurate written assignments
  • Communication skills: writing and oral presentation, defending one’s point of view
  • Intercultural Awareness, Professionalism, Digital Literacy, Teamwork, Problem-solving, Critical Thinking

Can count towards the Warwick Award:

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