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FRE1071 : Level B (HE Intermediate) French

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sandra Salin
  • Lecturer: Miss Nathalie Paris
  • Other Staff: Ms Christelle Vicente-Jacques, Dr Gillian Jein
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 communicative competences in the target language (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range, register and pronunciation);
- 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.
- Prepare students for the future study of the target language (including written and oral communicative skills, and intercultural awareness) and for their future learning experience (including independent learning and study skills; reflective skills and self-regulation);

This module is available to all students with an A-level or equivalent in the target language.

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:
-       Social media
-       Literature (Story telling)
-       Cinema / Music / Visual arts
-       Culture and Traditions
-       Student Life
-       Current affairs and current issues
-       Press / Media / Advertising
-       Travel and Tourism
-       French languages and registers / Francophonie


Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials221:0022:001 Module Introduction + Non-synchronous grammar videos and related activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical221:0022:00Practical sessions in language labs
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00Synchronous language seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1011:00101:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion60:303:00Non-synchronous discussion on VLE
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 seminars and practicals in the language labs will focus on communication skills while the lecture materials and drop-ins 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 seminars and associated guided work and preparation.

Independent learning and learner autonomy are further developed through the means of online grammar videos and related activities, online guided tasks, pair and group work, assessment preparation and completion, and self-study at home, via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) 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 and activities.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A30On-campus written exam (reading/writing)
Written Examination1202A40On-campus written exam (reading/grammar/writing)
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
FRE1171Level B (HE Intermediate) French - Exchange Semester 11N/A
FRE1271Level B (HE Intermediate) French - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination2M303-4 minute video based on listening material, to be submitted before Easter
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The Written Examination at the end of Semester 1 (30%) will enable students to produce a 250 to 300-word written piece of work. This will be based on a text of 1000-1500 words. It will test students’ ability to read and understand written sources in the target language and to respond appropriately in written (or typed) form in the target language. [Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled]. Students will receive feedback so that they can assess their progress and identify their strengths and areas for improvement before the final written examination in Semester 2.

- The content of the 3-4 minute oral component (30%) will be based on 6-8minutes of video material. This oral component will test students’ ability to listen and understand video sources (excluding written text) and to respond appropriately by producing and present their own output orally in the form of a video. This assessment provides summative information to staff and student on students’ achievement in speaking and listening in the module.

- The final written exam at the end of Semester 2 (40%) will test the students’ reading, grammar and written skills. Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled. This formal examination provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in reading / grammar and writing in the target language in this module.

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