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FRE1071 : Level B (HE Intermediate) French

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sandra Salin
  • Lecturer: Dr Jemima Short
  • Other Staff: Ms Christelle Vicente-Jacques
  • 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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials211:0021:00Non-synchronous grammar videos and related activities
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical101:0010:00Practical sessions in language labs
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00Synchronous language seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities221:3033:00Non-synchronous guided activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery211:0021:00Grammar related drop-ins
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study461:0046:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time121:0012:00Synchronous guided activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Introduction to the module
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion120:204:00Non-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

The module talk introduces students to the module, its content, its format, its objectives and assessment methods and the learning tools used during the year, including digital tools.

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 Examination1202A40On-campus written exam
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
Portfolio2M40Portfolio of 4 pieces of work covering reading, writing, speaking and listening (10% each), or of 2 pieces combining two *see below
Oral Examination2M20Oral - Recording to be submitted before Easter.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The portfolio (40%) will encourage regular work on the four language skills and enable students to receive regular formative feedback. It will help students assess their progress and identify their strengths and areas for improvement, thus stimulating their independent and reflective learning skills throughout the year.

- The oral recording (20%) will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally and enable them to receive feedback on their work.

- The final written exam at the end of Semester 2 (40%) will test the students’ reading, grammar and written skills. 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.

Should the situation change due to Covid-19, the portfolio and oral recordings could be all submitted and marked online. The final exam could become a 24-hour online off-campus written exam.

* skills (20% each) - set during Semesters 1 and 2.

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