Module Catalogue 2019/20

FRE1065 : Level A (HE Entry Level) French I

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Cécilia Gil
  • Other Staff: Dr Elodie Roy
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

This module is intended for students wishing to study French at Beginner level, both true beginners and up to GCSE level.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



In consonance with the overall aims of the degree offered in SML this module will:
1. Focus on developing the students' communicative competence in the foreign language (including fluency, grammar and lexical accuracy, range and pronunciation);
2. Prepare students for the future study of the language (written communicative and oral / aural skills);
3. Facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language in written and spoken output.
4. Develop independent language learning strategies.

This module is intended for students wishing to study French at Beginner level, both true beginners and up to GCSE level. This is a general language class offering students the opportunity to study and practise French (speaking, reading, writing and listening skills) for four weekly contact hours. Two hours are taught in sub-groups for language practice and the other two hours focus on grammatical skills.

Themes and communication skills addressed in the language classes include: talking about yourself; asking for/giving directions; expressing opinions: agreement and disagreement; and referring to past and future events (including plans and intentions).

Outline Of Syllabus

Themes and communication skills addressed in the language classes include:

1. Talking (including listening) and writing about yourself (age, address and further details).
2. Asking for/ giving directions (including both speaking and listening): finding your way in a city enquiring about transport etc.
3. Shops and services; comparing products and services assessing quality and price etc.
4 Socializing (including both speaking and listening): making appointments, making/ accepting/ declining invitations.
5. Talking (including listening) and writing about other people: family relationships, personal qualities etc.
6. Expressing opinions: agreement and disagreement in speaking and writing.
7. Making requests formally and informally.
8. Referring to past and future events (including plans and intentions, in speaking and writing).
9. Talking (including listening) on the phone in simple, typical situations of everyday life.
10. Writing informal letters, descriptions, simple reports and narratives.

Please note that tasks concerning talking involve both speaking and listening.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have had the opportunity to acquire:
1. a body of vocabulary sufficient to allow the learner to communicate orally and in writing with confidence at a basic user level.
2. an understanding of key traditional grammatical concepts and a sufficient grasp of the functioning of the language to be able to interact with confidence and some flexibility at the level described above and some knowledge of basic metalanguage
3. sufficient familiarity with exponents of a functional and notional syllabus to allow the learner to communicate his or her language needs simply and clearly at a basic user level.
4. some knowledge of the cultures of France and the French speaking world.

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
1. communicate his/ her basic needs and opinions simply and clearly in speech or in writing with some regard to appropriateness of register.
2. understand the gist of simple authentic written and spoken text and have sufficient linguistic tools to be able to use this information for his/ her own purposes.
3. deal with some situations which occur predictably whilst travelling in the countries where French is spoken.
4. relate in speech or in writing events that took place in the past.
5. discuss or write about future events
6. work as a team member to solve a problem.
7. make a short, simple oral presentation on a topic of interest.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:00Language classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1156:00156:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Linguistic knowledge and the ability to use language effectively (ie linguistic skills) are intrinsically linked
2. Teaching and learning these outcomes (knowledge and skills) effectively implies presenting, practising and consolidating them via language classes and private study as indicated below.

3. The integration of linguistic knowledge ie vocabulary, grammar, functions, notions and knowledge of the French culture and the key skills of reading writing speaking and listening is appropriately served by the language classes through suitable presentations and plenty of practice through individual, pair and group work.
4. In common with other foreign languages, French requires substantial 'guided autonomous learning' activity which is catered for in the 156 hours of private study. Through this study: knowledge introduced and practised in the classes is revised, consolidated and expanded, students learn to evaluate their own performance and develop a range of strategies for language learning.

5. To ensure the learning of the above outcomes is effective, formative feedback is given in two ways,
i) indirectly through self assessment e.g. Through internet and commercially available answer keys and
ii) directly by the teacher e.g. In writing skills exercises which students carry out on a regular basis


Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A60N/A
Aural Examination301M20N/A
Oral Examination101M20A spoken test at the end of Semester 1.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge outcomes will be assessed by each of the modes of examination defined above.
- One 90-minute written examination at the end of Semester 1 (60%)
- One 30-minute listening test at the end of Semester 1 (20%)
- One speaking test of 10/15 minutes at the end of Semester 1 (20%)

- Reading and writing – formal written examination. This exam, which consists of reading, writing and grammar exercises, will test students’ ability to read and understand texts in the target language and write in the target language. In some cases, students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled.

- Listening – test of listening comprehension. This listening exam will test the students’ ability to listen and understand audio sources and to respond appropriately in written form. In some cases, students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled.

- Speaking – oral examination. This assessment will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally and to converse with TL speaker directly and spontaneously on a range of topics covered in the module.

These assessment methods are commonly used in language testing and are appropriate to the individual skills being assessed.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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