BSc Computer Science with Industrial Experience

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
LEAP Introduction to French

Unit code ULFR51002
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by French Studies
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

This course is for absolute beginners. It introduces students to the fundamentals of French grammar, reading and writing while developing some basic communicative skills. It aims to teach students simple structures, lexis and phrases which will enable them to communicate in a limited number of common everyday situations in French-speaking countries.


The introductory course differs from LEAP French 1 in length, topics covered and learning outcomes. Both courses start at the same level (absolute beginner), but LEAP French 1 is a full-year course, and goes further and deeper into the language as it is approximately double the number of teaching hours plus double the number of self-study hours whereas the introductory level, Introduction to LEAP French is only one semester long.

Pre/co-requisites

  • Pre-requisite: None.
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in French. If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to the course unit selection guidance, which includes information about eligibility for LEAP units, on your programme structure.

Aims

FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION, INCLUDING 'HOW TO APPLY', SEE
http://www.ulc.manchester.ac.uk/languages/leap/

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Handle some of the basic grammatical structures of French.

  2. Understand and read, some familiar and daily expressions used in common everyday situations and write very simple messages.

  3. Communicate orally at a basic level in a limited number of common everyday situations.

  4. Have some understanding of ways of life in French-speaking countries.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1.1 of the Common European Framework.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning. 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Assessment methods

Semester 2: 

  • Week 11- Listening 10% & Written Exam 60%
  • Week 12 - Oral Exam 30%

Feedback methods

Feedback will include a combination of

  • informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities;
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.

Recommended reading

TBA on Blackboard.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 36
Independent study hours
Independent study 64

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Annie Morton Unit coordinator

Additional notes

  • Credits: 10
  • Level: 1
  • FHEQ Level: 4
  • Pre-requisite: None.
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in French. If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to the course unit selection guidance, which includes information about eligibility for LEAP units, on your programme structure.
  • Anti-requisite: Students taking the unit for university credit as part of their degree must not have already taken the unit LEAP French 1.
  • Taught during: Semester two. 
  • TimetableTimetable for the course

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