Module Catalogue 2019/20

FRE2061 : Level C (HE Advanced) French

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Isabelle Ruegg Alter
  • Lecturer: Dr Sandra Salin, Dr Anne-Charlotte Husson, Dr Myriem El Maizi
  • Other Staff: Dr Adeline Charlton, Dr Elodie Roy, Dr Jo Lumley
  • 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
Pre Requisite Comment

Level B (FRE1071) or equivalent

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

None

Aims

In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will:

1. focus on further developing students' written communicative and oral/ aural competence in the
foreign language gained in Level B (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range; register 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 media during their intercalary year. This includes students’ ability to use and understand authentic material and produce their own written and spoken output.

Teaching in weekly 2 hour language classes will focus on communication while weekly one-hour lectures 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 classes and will be assessed.

Themes addressed in the language classes include: Cultural differences; A practical guide to living in France; Employment in France; Ethical issues; Francophone culture; French Languages and registers; and current affairs

The module will be taught and assessed in French and English.

Outline Of Syllabus

Themes addressed in the language classes include:
1. Cultural differences
2. A practical guide to living in France
3. Youth employment in France
4. Ethical issues
5. Cultural issues
6. French Languages and registers
7. Current Affairs

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have had the opportunity to learn about:
1. the use of appropriate sentence, lexical and text structures for a range of text types
2. 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:

1. using more complex lexical and grammatical structures in spoken and written communication
2. synthesising information from a more complex aural and written input
3. close reading using authentic material of appropriate complexity and length
4. extended writing and/or typing in the target language
5. analyzing and using authentic spoken media sources including multiple speakers, the exposure to different accents, intonations, speeds of delivery, background noises etc
6. conversing, discussing directly with target language speakers and producing / giving presentations in French using an appropriate range, on agreed topics
7. how to study grammar systematically
8. translating from French into English and from English into French
9. Subject-Specific skills

Cognitive/ intellectual skills:

1. Students will further develop their ability :

2. to locate, make use and critically evaluate authentic materials for this course other than those provided by the teacher
3. to critically evaluate their own performance and the performance of others
4. to apply a range of strategies for language learning appropriate for this level and module
5. to work independently and confidently on their own or in a group, either within or outside the
classroom
6. to conduct research using the Internet and other authentic sources in order to contribute their own materials 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 teaching441:0044:00Language Classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1134:00134:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Teaching in the language classes will focus on communication while the weekly lectures 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 classes and will be assessed.

2. With: Independent learning and learner autonomy are further developed through the means of portfolio tasks. Pair and group work and self-study at home 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.

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 Examination1502A40N/A
Aural Examination452M20Listening test.
Oral Examination152M20Oral examination.
Written Examination1051A10N/A
Written Examination1052M10In-class assessment.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
1N/A
FRE2261Level C (HE Advanced) French - Exchange Semester 22N/A
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

Listening, reading, writing, speaking and grammar have equal weighting in the assessment of this course.

- One 150 minute written examination in Semester 2 (40%). 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 oral examination in Semester 2 (20%). This assessment will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally and to discuss with a target language speaker directly and spontaneously.

- One listening test in Semester 2 (20%) - This listening exam will test the students’ ability to listen and understand authentic audio/video sources and to summarise information 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.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

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