Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 4 hours per week (core for all students)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous assessment: regular assignments (5 in all) in writing, reading, listening, speaking at appropriate level. 1 of these assignments will be linked specifically to the History scheme followed by the student. Each assignment is weighted equally.  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of any missing coursework 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate their interest in and understanding of the French language as a subject of study
2. Be able to use a range of basic grammatical constructions proficiently
3. Translate selected passages from French
4. Recognise a range of linguistic structures, particularly those in more frequent general usage
5. Communicate in written French at a standard appropriate to M level beginners
6. Select the important points in material written in French and summarise in English
7. Recognise intercultural differences between French and British society
8. Use a range of French vocabulary
9. Respond with understanding to spoken French at a basic level (standard French, articulated more clearly and spoken at a tempo that is slower than that of normal native-speaker interaction)
10. Make both supervised and independent use of the facilities available in the department: video, language laboratory, satellite television, web-based learning


FRM1710 is designed for Masters students with little or no prior knowledge of French. Learners will acquire basic competence in writing, speaking, reading and listening and will also become familiar with some aspects of French culture.

Brief description

This module forms part of the research skills programme in the MA in History and is suitable for students with little or no prior knowledge of French. It aims to introduce students to contemporary French, imparting basic competence in all four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and developing the student's language awareness as part of his/her generic language learning skills.


Students will develop a basic proficiency in writing, listening, speaking and reading and will be introduced to the richness and diversity of the French-speaking world. The one-semester programme will comprise the following themes:
Greetings, university life, personality description, accommodation, family, eating out, shopping, holidaying, media & communication, art, illness and health, leisure, expressing an opinion.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/a
Communication Expected to communicate both orally (with tutor, between themselves and with French-speakers studying at Aberystwyth) and in writing. Group work will be encouraged
Improving own Learning and Performance Learners will be able to observe the improvement in their own competence on a weekly basis by showing the capacity to deal with challenging situations and activities
Information Technology ICT is part and parcel of language learning: data searching, email, machine-translation
Personal Development and Career planning Students will acquire the skills which would enable them to become autonomous learners in a Francophone university or in the working environment. Transferable skills are an element of this course
Problem solving Students will be expected to address and resolve various problems posed by the acquisition of a major European language
Research skills Required to find, evaluate and use source materials. ICT, books, newspapers, magazines, language reference works
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Organizational skills, time management can be achieved through group work thus preparing students for the workplace: agreeing ground rules and goals, planning actions and allocating tasks, checking on progress, cooperation, balancing own behaviour in team work

Reading List

Should Be Purchased
Girardet, J and Pécheur, J (2008) Écho 1, Méthode de français Clé International Primo search Hawkins, Roger & Towell, Richard (2010) French Grammar and Usage 3rd edition Hodder Education Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7