FRE1071 : Level B (HE Intermediate) French

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will:
•       focus on developing the students' written communicative and oral / aural competence in the foreign language (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range);
•       prepare students for the future study of the language;
•       facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language in written and spoken media.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students cover a variety of topics based on contemporary French (and Francophone) society including:
•       Student Life
•       Sports and Adventure
•       Cinema and Television
•       Artistic freedom
•       Press
•       Advertising
•       Environment
•       Francophonie


Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00Bridging hour for Stage 2 students progressing from Level A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:00There are 9 seminar groups. These groups are capped at 15 students.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study881:0088:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study83:0024:00Set independent tasks
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
FRE1171Level B (HE Intermediate) French - Exchange Semester 1
FRE1271Level B (HE Intermediate) French - Exchange Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching in the language classes will focus on communication while the grammar lectures will focus on the formal structures of the language. All four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking are fully integrated in the language classes and will be assessed.
Independent learning and learner autonomy are encouraged through the means of coursework, independent tasks, pair and group work and self-study at home, via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and in the Language Resource Centre. Initiative is expected from students at this level, e.g. course participants will be asked to contribute their own materials to the classes.

Stage 2 students who progressed from Level A attend a bridging hour to help bring them up to the standard of students studying Level B on entry. Stage 1 students directly studying Level B have an extra 22 hours of independent study.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A40N/A
Aural Examination502M20Listening
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M20Best 2/3 over both Semesters
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Continuous oral assessment
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Designated speaking task
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- One 120 minute exam in Semester 2 (40%) on Reading/Writing/Grammar.
- One listening test (20%).
- A portfolio of 3 written pieces of coursework (the 2 best submissions will count towards the final marl; submission deadlines to be set by module leader) (20%).

Resit: As written examination.

Continuous assessment helps students assess their progress throughout the year in the four skills and grammar providing formative, regular feedback and stimulating independent learning. The formal examination provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in the module.

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