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FRE2161 : Level C (HE Advanced) 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:

1. Focus on further developing students' written and oral communicative competences in the target language (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range; register and pronunciation);

2. Prepare students for the future study of the target language (including written and oral communicative skills, and intercultural awareness and competence) and/ or for their future learning experience (including independent learning and study skills; reflective skills and self-regulation);

3. Facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the target language in written and spoken media. This includes students' ability to use and understand authentic material and produce their own written and spoken output.

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:

1. Cultural differences
2. A practical guide to living and working in France
3. French Languages and registers
4. Current Affairs

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials110:305:30Non-synchronous online activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical111:0011:00Synchronous practicals, on campus if possible or online in case of deterioration of Covid-situation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Synchronous language seminars on campus if possible or online in case of Covid-19 restrictions.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery110:305:30Synchronous drop-in surgery online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study671:0067:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
FRE2061Level C (HE Advanced) French
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Teaching in the language seminars will focus on oral communication skills (speaking and listening) while reading and writing skills are mainly developed in the preparation of and the associated work after the language seminar. The recorded lecture materials will focus on key study skills and the formal structures of the language.

2. Independent learning and learner autonomy are further developed through the means of online grammar videos and related activities, synchronous drop-in surgery, pair and group work and self-study at home via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Canvas and 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 and be very pro-active in their language study.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M100Portfolio task combining reading/writing
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Portfolio task 1 will be submitted online towards the end of Semester 1 (100%). It will test the students’ ability to produce a well-structured text in the target language based on the comprehension and analysis of written source material.

Reading Lists