BA English Language and French

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
French Language 2

Unit code FREN51022
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by French Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This course unit consists of intensive language tuition in spoken and written French at ab-initio level, and is designed to follow on from FREN51011.  The textbooks employed harnesses a wide range of socio-cultural resources in order to introduce students to grammatical, lexical, phonetic and communicative aspects of the French language and thus develop their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.  There are regular opportunities for formative and summative assessment.  Based around small group teaching and student-centred learning, students will take an active and responsible role in their own language acquisition.

Classes are complemented by an independent language learning programme and teaching and learning are supported by the Blackboard virtual learning environment.

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
French Language 1 FREN51011 Pre-Requisite Compulsory

Aims

Focusing on a variety of topics (including culture, society, current affairs, history and politics) through audio-visual and printed media, it aims to equip students with the language skills needed for competent spoken and written communication. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Syllabus

The acquisition of grammatical, lexical, phonetic and communicative aspects of French will follow the progression of the set textbooks, Saison 1 and Saison 2.  In addition to the exercises and activities contained in the textbook, a range of formative and summative assessments will regularly test the students’ knowledge and understanding.   Classes are complemented by an independent language learning programme and teaching and learning are supported by the Blackboard virtual learning environment.

Teaching and learning methods

5 weekly contact hours (2 x 2hr written /grammar seminar and 1 x 1hr seminar).

Scaffolded Independent Learning programme

Language of teaching and Assessment: French and English

The course has accompanying Blackboard resources and support and there is a companion website for the textbook used.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • understand and deploy the structures, registers and pragmatic aspects of French appropriate for a basic level B1 of the Common European Framework
  • understand a range of social, cultural, intellectual and professional issues in France and the French speaking world, as reflected in the materials studied.

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • apply appropriate linguistic concepts
  • analyse and interpret acquired information and synthesise it as knowledge

Practical skills

 

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • read and understand a range of text types relating to socio-cultural aspects of France and the French speaking world.
  • demonstrate active understanding of most of the essential linguistic structures covered in the set textbook, and a passive understanding of the rest
  • communicate appropriately in written and spoken French

Transferable skills and personal qualities

 

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • take responsibility for their own learning, manage time and work to deadlines
  • work independently to produce a portfolio, showing an understanding learning how to learn within the cycle of planning, action and reflection
  • work effectively and constructively as part of a group
  • show an awareness and responsiveness to the nature and extent of cultural diversity
  • use information and communications technology effectively and appropriately

Employability skills

Other
Written and oral communication skills; team-work; leadership; negotiation skills; research skills, problem-solving; adaptability; decision-making; time management; initiative; self-discipline; organization; life-long learning skills; self-reflection; action planning; self-confidence; IT skills; increased intercultural awareness

Assessment methods

 

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

  • Reading and writing skills

 

Examination (Sem 2 exam period)

50%

  • Oral and Aural skills

Aural exam (wk 11, Sem 2)

Oral exam (Wk 13, Sem 2)

45%

  • Dossier

 

1 x Submission (Sem 2 ,Wk 11)

5%

 

 

Feedback methods

  • Written comments plus face-to-face discussion if desired (on the understanding summatively assessed work that this de-anonymises the marking)
  • Blackboard will also be used for posting global feedback on certain assessments

Recommended reading

Set texts :

M. Cocton, D. Dupleix, E. Heu, E. Kasazian, D. Ripaud, Saison 1 - Livre + CD audio + DVD (Paris, Didier, 2014)

M. Cocton, D. Dupleix, E. Heu, E. Kasazian, D. Ripaud, Saison 1 - Cahier + CD audio (Paris, Didier, 2014)

 

M. Cocton, A. De Oliveira, A. Dintilhac, D. Dupleix, D. Ripaud, Saison 2 - Livre + CD + DVD (Paris, Didier, 2014)

M. Cocton, A. De Oliveira, A. Dintilhac, D. Dupleix, D. Ripaud, Saison 2 - Cahier + CD audio (Paris, Didier, 2014)

 

 

Recommended reading : 

T. Thacker and C. d’Angelo, Essentiel French Grammar, (London and New York, Routledge, 2013)

Grégoire, M, Thiévenaz, O Grammaire Progressive du Français, niveau intermédiaire, 3e édition (CLE International, 2013)

Grégoire, M, Thiévenaz, O, Grammaire Progressive du Français, CORRIGES, niveau intermédiaire, 3e édition (CLE International, 2013)

Morton, J., English Grammar for Students of French, 7th Edition (O+H Press, 2013)

A good bilingual dictionary (Oxford Hachette French Dictionary or Collins Robert French Dictionary)

 

Fernandez-Toro, M., and F. Jones, DIY Techniques for Language Learners (London: Centre for Information on Language Learning and Research, 2001)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 55
Independent study hours
Independent study 145

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Annie Morton Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Available on: all Joint Honours programmes with French. All other programmes compatible with a Minor in French.

 

This module must be passed with a minimum overall mark of 40% in order to progress to the next year of study. 

Following successful completion of this Level 1 module, it is strongly recommended that students continue working on their independent learning dossier over the summer, and also spend a period of time developing their language skills in a French-speaking country.

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