Module Identifier FR19930  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Kader Izri  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Dr Andrew J Hussey  
Pre-Requisite A-level or equivalent in French  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   77 Hours 3 hours per week and one hour per fortnight  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam Oral and Aural Examinations: 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 the presentation itself. The topic will be drawn from one of the 8-10 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 30 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. 20% Listening Comprehension 20% 40%
Semester Exam3 Hours 1 x 3-hour written examination in semester 230%
Semester Assessment Regular work assignments20%
Semester Assessment Attendance, active contribution, performance in groups10%
Supplementary Exam3 Hours 1 x 3-hour written examination (unless the oral component is failed, in which case the supplementary exam will be an oral).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 Lists

** Recommended Text
Collins-Robert French-English, English-French Dictionary Collins
L.S.Byrne & E.L.Churchill A Comprehensive French Grammar Blackwell
** Should Be Purchased
Le Nouveau sans frontieres 3 Cle International


This module is at CQFW Level 4