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Module

FRE1071 : Level B (HE Intermediate) French

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sandra Salin
  • Lecturer: Dr Cécilia Gil, Ms Isabelle Ruegg Alter, Dr Adeline Charlton
  • 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

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 communicative competences in French (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 French (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);

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

THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT AND ASSESSED IN FRENCH

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 teaching441:0044:00There are 10 seminar groups. These groups are capped at 17 students.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00Bridging hour for Stage 2 students progressing from Level A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study83:0024:00Set independent tasks
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study881:0088:00N/A
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.

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
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 assessmnt1M10Oral skills portfolio - one piece of oral assessment
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Oral skills portfolio - one piece of oral assessment
Portfolio2M204 pieces of written work set during Semesters 1 and 2
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MFormative tasks prior to written examination (reading/grammar/writing)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- One listening test in Semester 2 (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. This test provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in listening in the module.
- One 120 minute exam in Semester 2 (40%) on Reading / Grammar / Writing. 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. This formal examination provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in reading / grammar/ writing in the module.
- Written Coursework / portfolio (20%): This portfolio helps students assess their progress and identify their strengths and areas for improvement in writing thus stimulating their independent and reflective learning skills throughout the year.
- The oral skill portfolio will test students ability to produce and present their own output orally and receive feedback on their work in Semester 1 and Semester 2 so that they can assess their progress and identify their strengths and areas for improvement in speaking thus stimulating their independent and reflective learning skills throughout the year.
- Continuous assessment in writing and speaking encourages regular work on productive skills and enables students to receive regular formative feedback.

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