Global Opportunities

FRE1171 : Level B (HE Intermediate) French - Exchange Semester 1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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 communicative competences in the target language (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range, register and pronunciation);
- Facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with
speakers of the foreign language in written and spoken media. This includes students’ ability to use and understand authentic material and produce their own written and spoken output.
- Prepare students for the future study of the target language (including written and oral communicative skills, and intercultural awareness) and for their future learning experience (including independent learning and study skills; reflective skills and self-regulation).

This module is available to all students with an A-level or equivalent in the target language.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students cover a variety of topics related to contemporary French (and Francophone) society, and / or relevant to Contemporary societies and cultures. Depending on student feedback, these may include:
- Social media
- Literature (Story telling)
- Cinema / Music
- Culture and Traditions
- Student Life
- Current affairs and current issues


Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:0010:00Non-synchronous grammar videos and related activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical111:0011:00Practical sessions in language labs
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Synchronous language seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery101:0010:00Grammar related drop-ins
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study145:0045:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion60:202:00Non-synchronous discussion on VLE
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Introduction to the module
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
FRE1071Level B (HE Intermediate) French
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module talk introduces students to the module, its content, its format, its objectives and assessment methods and the learning tools used during the year, including digital tools.

Teaching in the language seminars and practicals in the language labs will focus on communication skills while the lecture materials and drop-ins will focus on key study skills and the formal structures of the language. All four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking are fully integrated in the language seminars and associated guided work and preparation.

Independent learning and learner autonomy are further developed through the means of online grammar videos and related activities, online guided tasks, pair and group work, assessment preparation and completion, and self-study at home, via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and in the Language Resource Centre. Particular initiative is expected from students at this level, e.g. course participants will be asked to contribute their own materials to the classes and activities.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M100Portfolio of 2 pieces of work covering speaking (50%) and writing (50%)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The portfolio will encourage regular work on productive language skills (speaking and writing) and enable students to receive formative (for learning) feedback. It will help students assess their progress and identify their strengths and areas for improvement, thus stimulating their independent and reflective learning skills throughout the semester. The oral component will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally. The written component will test students’ ability to write or type in the target language. [For in-class tests: Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled].

Reading Lists