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Module

FRE2061 : Level C (HE Advanced) French

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Isabelle Ruegg Alter
  • 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

Aims

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

1. Focus on further developing students' written and oral communicative competences in French gained in Level B (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range; register and pronunciation);
2. Continue to prepare students for the future study of French (including written and oral communicative skills, and intercultural awareness and competence) and/ or for their future learning experience (including independent learning and study skills; reflective skills and self-regulation);
3. Continue to facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of French 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.

The module will be taught and assessed in French.

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:
1. Cultural differences
2. A practical guide to living and working in France
3. Ethical / controversial current issues
4. Culture and Traditions / Cultural issues
5. French Languages and registers
6. Current Affairs

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials221:0022:00Non-synchronous online activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical111:0011:00Synchronous practicals in language lab. On campus if possible or online if necessary due to Covid-19
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00Synchronous language seminars. On campus if possible or online if necessary due to Covid-19
Guided Independent StudySkills practice111:0011:00Non-synchronous online activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery221:0022:00Synchronous drop-in surgery online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1121:00112:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
FRE2161Level C (HE Advanced) French - Exchange Semester 1
FRE2261Level C (HE Advanced) French - Exchange Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Teaching in the language seminars and practicals will focus on oral communication skills while reading, listening and writing skills will be developed outside the classrooms. The drop- ins will enable the students to better understand the content of the lecture materials.

2. Independent learning and learner autonomy are further developed through the means of online grammar videos and related activities focusing on key study skills and the formal structures of the language; pair and group work and self-study via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Canvas and 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 and be very pro-active in their language study.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1502A40On-campus exam
Oral Examination152M20On campus, live presentation and discussion, Week 12
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
FRE2261Level C (HE Advanced) French - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M20Coursework combining reading/writing
Portfolio2M20Coursework combining listening/writing
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MMid-semester optional formative written task.
Written exercise2MMid-semester optional formative written task.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Coursework 1 (20%) is to be submitted online towards the end of Semester 1. This assessment will test students’ ability to produce a well-structured French text based on the comprehension and analysis of written source material.

Coursework 2 (20%) is to be submitted online before the Easter break. This assessment will test students’ ability to conduct independent research, critically evaluate authentic material and produce a well-structured French text based on the comprehension and analysis of audio/video source material.

Oral exam (20%) takes place in the revision week of Semester 2. This assessment will test students’ ability to conduct independent research, critically evaluate authentic material, and present their own output orally in a clear and structured manner using visual support. It will also assess their ability to speak freely in a discussion of these findings.

The written exam (40%) takes place during the exam period of Semester 2. This assessment will test students’ ability to produce a well-structured text or texts in French.

Assessment apart from coursework will take place on campus. If this is not possible, then a 24-hour exam will replace the final written exam and the oral test will take place live at the arranged time via Zoom [or at a re-arranged time in case of technical or time zone issues].

Reading Lists

Timetable