Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
French Language
Academic Year
Semester 2
Also available in
Only available to incoming exchange students in semester 2.
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
FR20130 or FR22020 French language semester one.
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written Assignments  (2/3 of them under exam conditions (those taken under exam conditions counting twice as much as the others)  50%
Semester Assessment Oral Assignments  (Two marks based on attendance, active contribution and performance in small oral groups)  30%
Semester Assessment Listening Comprehension  (One Test)  20%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify your own improvement in French vocabulary and grammatical knowledge in written - and spoken language.

2. Differentiate between major stylistic levels of French.

3. Recognise and understand different linguistic registers in French.

4. Translate selected French passages showing idiomatic, authentic style and grammatical usage.

5. Present independently prepared material in spoken or written French.

6. Discuss and debate topical issues in French.

7. Summarise in your own words selected pieces of written or spoken French.

8. Give your own insights into contemporary French life and culture.

9. Take part in role-plays in French.

10. Enter into conversation in French with confidence in your ability to express yourself.

Brief description

Certain classes focus on written skills: here the aim is to further the student's understanding and active awareness of contemporary French vocabulary, idiom and syntax in ways that are varied and interesting. Other classes focus on conversational skills, notably the oral class where the priority is to develop confident self-expression in a relaxed but active atmosphere.

A weekly class, which utilises the course book and other selected material, seeks to develop expression by discussion and by the completion of exercises that include gap-filling description and oral commentary, while the written assignments for this class comprise comprehension, precis, essay writing and translation from French. This is complemented by a class which is primarily devoted to translation into French and in which accuracy is stressed. Students will have several written assignments and are required to do assessed work regularly on CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) in the Language Laboratory.

Listening comprehension (a skill of considerable importance for the Year Abroad) will be practised in class. It will be assessed by tests. You are expected and strongly advised to practise listening comprehension in your time (e.g. in the language laboratories): this is a skill where practise does indeed make perfect.

Note: Students are expected to obtain a card key for access after 5pm to the Language Laboratory and computer terminals.

In the weekly oral class and the debate/discussion meetings students are required to offer presentations in French on given topics and are expected to participate actively in role play games and discussions relating to contemporary issues.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Oral and written communication.
Improving own Learning and Performance Online automatized exercises.
Information Technology Language Software.
Personal Development and Career planning Employability awareness. Translation, communication skills in the target language.
Problem solving Grammar, listening, oral and translation.
Research skills Academic articles on Language.
Subject Specific Skills Grammar, listening, oral and translation skills.
Team work Conversation classes, presentations .


This module is at CQFW Level 5