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French Language for Contemporary France (LL307)

(Equivalent to level 7)

This module runs in Term 1, please also see French Language for Enterprise for Term 2.



Advanced. This module is the equivalent of a level 7 module in French at the Language Centre.

Prerequisite - Prior knowledge of French:

  • approximately C1 level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference for Languages)
  • or advanced knowledge of French: i.e. a good A level or equivalent + 2 years of further study
  • or successful completion of Language Centre level 6 equivalent module (e.g. French for Business 2, French
    through Translation, French Language through Films)
  • or equivalent
Main Objectives:

This module is designed to help students maximise fluency and accuracy in written and oral/aural French and understanding of French society by
analysing aspects of language and institutions, the way of life, culture, history and politics of France. This is the
highest level of French you can study at the Language Centre.
Successful completion of French Language for Contemporary France qualifies students to progress to French
Language for Enterprise:


15 CREDITS, also available for 12 CREDITS.


One weekly blended session for 9 weeks, organised as:

  • Two hours face to face on campus
  • + one-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study
  • Some independent study will also be set.

NB: In term 1, some face-to-face sessions may move partially online to accommodate students who cannot be present on campus because of the pandemic situation. If additional health & safety restrictions are required, teaching may move fully online.  

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 - Week 10

- one reading/writing test (50%)

- one speaking test (50%)


Magali Toscan

Course Text

No textbook is required. Selected texts will be provided.

Course Description

The module:

  • is taught entirely in French
  • is organised around studying and debating aspects of contemporary France (socioeconomic forces, political
    scene, controversies...).
  • requires students to keep up with the news, read a selection of documents and produce synthèses and essays
    related to the themes.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have to:

  • Demonstrate a high level of language proficiency by articulating more fluently, confidently and spontaneously in
    French in a variety of contexts.
  • Produce clear and well-structured oral and written texts about complex subjects, expanding and supporting
    points of view and relevant examples, and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.
  • Identify and synthesise core arguments in texts and discussions, even on complex unfamiliar topics.
  • Respond to questions and comments fluently, spontaneously and convincingly.
  • Apply high critical analytical, linguistic and socio-cultural awareness to the analysis of contemporary written and
    aural documents.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level C1+ Proficient user (operational proficiency) of the Common European Framework.

Indicative list of themes:

What does the sterotypical French person look like?

France: a land of “joie de vivre” or melancholy?

Is France a country of revolution or immobiltity?

Is France egalitarian or elitist?

Are French Presidents elected monarchs?

Is debating about immigration possible in France?

The French obsession with their language: myth or reality?

In addition, topics in the news will be introduced for discussion and comment, in spoken and written form, to emphasise the contemporary character of the module.

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
  • Using appropriate resources (linguistic or technological) to produce accurate written assignments
  • Intellectual skills: critical thinking, analysis, synthesis
  • Communication skills: writing and oral presentation, defending one’s point of view
  • Organisational skills: independent work, time management
  • Interpersonal skills: flexibility, adaptability and the ability to work with others