Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
A-level or equivalent in French
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 3 hours per week; 1 hours per fortnight


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: eight written assignments 20%; Oral 10%; Listening comprehension 20%  50%
Semester Exam The oral Examination takes the form of a 20-minute interview with the oral class tutor. During this interview the candidate will be asked: (a) to offer a brief presentation (maximum 5-7 minutes), in French, on a selected topic and (b) to engage in a general conversation, arising in the first instance from one of the 4-6 topics covered during the first-year oral classes. Only one topic will be provided per candidate. Candidates thus need to be prepared to discuss a wide range of topics. The presentation topic will be provided to the candidate 20 minutes before the examination (exact arrangements will be on the notice-board well before the examination). Candidates are reminded that they are not allowed to read from a script; they may not bring extensive notes to the examination (notes will be collected at the end of the examination); they must not deliver a previously learnt speech. The presentation should lead into (and be constructed so as to lead into) a conversation and further discussion of the topic. A more general conversation will follow.  Oral Examinations:  20%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   1 x 3-hour written examination in semester 2  30%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   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

On completion of this module, students should be able to
- identify an increase in their own skills in independent language study since A level
- demonstrate the improvement in their linguistic knowledge and skills since A level
- display proficiency in French grammar and syntax at the appropriate level
- translate selected passages from and into French
- identify different registers of written French
- use a range of linguistic structures
- communicate in written and oral French at a standard appropriate to Level 1
- produce summaries in French of material written in French
- use a relatively extensive French vocabulary
- give their own insights into key aspects of French society
- participate in debate at a standard appropriate to level 1
- respond with clear understanding to spoken French
- demonstrate familiarity and confidence in the spoken application of French grammar
- select media articles, audio and video tapes for discussion in class
- perform role plays in French
- make individual presentations in French
- demonstrate an improvement in fluency and accuracy in pronunciation since entry
- make both supervised and independent use of the facilities available in the Language Resource Centre (video, audio tapes, CALL, satellite television)

Brief description

This is a thin module with 3 hours per week and one hour per fortnight extending over semesters 1 and 2. Students will do a range of listening/writing/oral exercises. All classes will be devoted to the integrated study of the French language in its cultural context. Exercises will be set regularly. Marks for these - and for occasional tests in class - will constitute the CA mark for the course.

Reading List

Should Be Purchased
Jacques Pécheur, Edvige Costanzo, Muriel Molinié (2007) Campus 3, méthode de français CLE International Primo search
Recommended Text
Collins-Robert French-English, English-French Dictionary Collins Primo search L.S.Byrne & E.L.Churchill A Comprehensive French Grammar Blackwell Primo search Margaret Jubb, Annie Rouxeville (2008) French Grammar in Context 3rd ed Hodder Education Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4