Module Catalogue 2019/20

FRE1071 : Level B (HE Intermediate) French

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Franck Michel
  • Lecturer: Dr Adeline Charlton, Dr Cécilia Gil, Dr Sandra Salin, Ms Isabelle Ruegg Alter
  • Other Staff: Ms Christelle Vicente-Jacques, Dr Anne-Charlotte Husson
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
FRE1065Level A (HE Entry Level) French I
FRE1066Level A (HE Entry Level) French II
Pre Requisite Comment

Available to any student with an A-level or equivalent in French (if so, to be approved by Module Leader).

Students who have previously taken Level A French are advised not to proceed to level B unless they achieve at least 40% in the module.

Note: Non-SML students are advised not to proceed to level C unless they achieve at least 40% in this module.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

None

Aims

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, register and pronunciation);
- Prepare students for the future study of the language (written communicative and oral / aural skills);
- 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.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students cover a variety of topics based on contemporary French (and Francophone) society including:

- Student Life
- Social media
- Cinema and Television
- Freedom of expression
- Press
- Advertising
- Art
- Francophonie

THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT AND ASSESSED IN FRENCH

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have had the opportunity to learn about:
- sentence and text structure, grammatical categories and their exponents and use, lexical fields and registers and their usage.
- all areas of grammar, vocabulary and background knowledge related to the skills listed below.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Subject specific skills:

By the end of the course, students will have had the opportunity to learn about:
- using varied lexical and grammatical structures in spoken and written communication.
- reading for information using authentic material of appropriate complexity and length and responding appropriately.
- writing and/or typing in the target language (e.g.: reports, essays, summaries)
- listening for information using different types of authentic sources in the foreign language and responding appropriately in written and/or oral form.
- conversing, discussing directly with target language speakers and producing/giving presentations in French using an appropriate range, on agreed topics.
- how to study grammar systematically.

Cognitive/ intellectual skills:

Students will learn:
- to locate, make use and critically evaluate materials for this level other than those provided by the teacher.
- to evaluate their own performance
- to apply a range of strategies for language learning appropriate for this level and module
- to work independently and confidently on their own or in a group, either within or outside the classroom.
- to locate information from different authentic sources (e.g. Internet) in order to contribute their own materials and ideas to the course.

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 10 seminar groups. These groups are capped at 17 students.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study881:0088:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study83:0024:00Set independent tasks
Total200:00
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.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A40N/A
Aural Examination352M20Listening
Written Examination1051A10N/A
Written Examination1052M10In-class assessment
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
FRE1271Level B (HE Intermediate) French - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Oral assessment
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFormative tasks prior to in-class assessment.
Written exercise2MFormative tasks prior to in-class assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- One 120 minute exam in Semester 2 (40%) on Writing/Grammar. This exam will test students ability to write or type in the target language. Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled.

- One listening test (20%). This listening exam will test the students’ ability to listen and understand authentic video sources and to respond appropriately in written or oral form.

- One 105 minute exam in Semester 1 (10%) This assessment will test students’ ability to write or type in the target language. Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled.

- One in-class assessment in Semester 2 (10%) This assessment will test students’ ability to write or type in the target language. Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled.

- One professional skills oral assessment in Semester 2 (20%) This assessment will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally.

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.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

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