Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
FR19930, FR11220
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 2 hours per week
Practical 2 hours per week
Other Oral/aural classes via audio/visual material in Language Resource Centre


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment. Regular tests and translations 30%. Attendance, active contribution and performance in small groups 10%  40%
Semester Exam 1x3 Hours   Written examination in semester 2  50%
Semester Exam .25 Hours   Oral Examination  10%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Written examination  1 x 3-hour written examination (unless ONLY the oral component is failed, in which case the supplementary exam will be an oral examination).  100%

Learning Outcomes

Students who have successfully completed this module should feel that they have a good introductory command of French across the four skills in the target language (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and should be able to proceed to take FR20130 or FR20010.

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

1. demonstrate their interest in and understanding of the French language as a subject of study
2. display proficiency in the essential framework of French grammar and syntax
3. translate selected passages from and into French
4. use a range of linguistic structures, particularly those in more frequent general usage
5. communicate in written French at a standard appropriate to Level 1 beginners
6. produce summaries of material written in French
7. give their own insights into aspects of French society
8. use a good range of French vocabulary
9. respond with understanding to spoken French
10. make both supervised and independent use of the facilities available in the department: video, language laboratory, satellite television, web-based learning

Language modules have, as an integral part of their structure, regular homework assignments and class tests as well as end-of-year examinations. All assessment is designed to measure your progress against learning outcomes at the appropriate level.

Brief description

This module forms part of the core Level 1 programme in French and is the main language course in that year for students who do not have an 'A' level or equivalent in the language. It aims to introduce students to contemporary French, imparting all four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and developing language awareness, and to bring students up to the standard which may enable them to proceed to Level 2.


Students will develop proficiency in writing, listening, speaking and reading and will be introduced to the richness and diversity of the Francophone world. The two-semester programme will comprise the following themes:

Greetings, university life, personality description, accommodation, family, eating out, shopping, holidaying, travel & transport, media & communication, art, everyday life, the workplace, leisure, expressing an opinion, Francophonie.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Reading and interpreting statistical data
Communication Expected to communicate both orally (with tutor, between themselves and with French nationals 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 French 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 acqusition of a major European language
Research skills Required to find, evaluate and use source materials. ICT, books, newspapers, magazines
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
Recommended Text
Margaret Jubb, Annie Rouxeville (2008) French Grammar in Context 3rd ed Hodder Education Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4