Module Catalogue 2020/21

FRE4081 : Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Advanced Writing Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Franck Michel
  • Lecturer: Dr Anne-Charlotte Husson, Dr Adeline Charlton
  • Other Staff: Ms Christelle Vicente-Jacques
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
FRE2061Level C (HE Advanced) French
Pre Requisite Comment

Level C (HE) / Level B2 of the European Framework or equivalent at entry level.
Native French speaking Exchange students should not take this module.

Co Requisites
Code Title
FRE4082Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes
FRE4083Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Translation & Interpreting
Co Requisite Comment

Students must choose one of FRE4082 or FRE4083 except students studying R9Q9 who must choose FRE4082.


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

- build on language skills gained at Stages 1, 2 and 3.
- provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the target language and with the ability to develop a high level of written proficiency in professional and academic environments.
- prepare students for postgraduate study in areas that make extensive use of the target language.
- develop students' written translation skills into the target language.

Outline Of Syllabus

Specific topics and materials based on current issues will initially be provided by the lecturer. Subsequently, these will be supplied by students themselves for group practice in group work sessions.

Translation into the target language, summarising, and open writing will be practised throughout the year, preparing students for written communication in the target language.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have gained knowledge in:

- The use of appropriate sentence and text structures, lexicon and register in a range of advanced discourse types
- 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 module, students will have gained experience in:

- using complex lexical and grammatical structures in a range of advanced discourse types,
- synthesising information from a variety of authentic sources, comprising extended written input from a variety of demanding discourse types
- intensive reading of complex authentic material from a variety of demanding discourse types
- discuss and synthesise complex ideas from a range of extensive authentic texts in groups (both orally and in writing) and produce a forceful and convincing argument in persuasive writing.

Cognitive/intellectual skills:

Students will further their ability to:
- locate, make use of and critically evaluate materials for this course other than those provided by the lecturer.
- apply and evaluate a range of learning strategies appropriate to the demands of the course
- work independently and confidently, on their own or as part of a group, either within or outside the classroom
- conduct research using the Internet and other 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 ActivitiesSmall group teaching331:0033:00Language classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study167:0067:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
FRE4181Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Advanced Writing Skills - Exchange Students Semester 1
FRE4281Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Advanced Writing Skills - Exchange Students Semester 2
FRE4084Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Advanced Writing Skills - IBM
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Language classes will introduce, model and offer guidance in each of the skills that students are required to practise during the course (including summary and commentary writing, intensive reading, taking part in critical discussions, and translation into the foreign language).

Group work will offer students an opportunity to work in small groups (in the target language) under close supervision of the lecturer. These classes will focus on the skills listed in the outline syllabus.

Teaching will be mostly in the target language.

Work requirements:
- researching materials for oral presentation and discussion
- writing critical discussions and summaries in the target language
- practising written translation

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A30This assessment will test students’ ability to write in the Target Language. *Continued in Assessment Rationale below
Written Examination1202A70This assessment will test students' ability to write in the Target Language. *Continued in Assessment Rationale below
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
FRE4181Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Advanced Writing Skills - Exchange Students Semester 11N/A
FRE4281Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Advanced Writing Skills - Exchange Students Semester 22N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MVarious written tasks designed to help students prepare for the written examination
Written exercise2MTranslation exercise - Various written tasks designed to help students prepare for the written examination.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Writing and translation are assessed by means of an examination in order to ensure that the students' output is produced in identical conditions and is their own work.

* (Continued from above) Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell and grammar checks have been disabled.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.