FRE1065 : Level A (HE Entry Level) French I

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degree offered in SML this module will:
1. Focus on developing the students' communicative competence in the foreign language (including fluency, grammar and lexical accuracy and range)
2. Prepare students for the future study of the language
3. Facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language.

This module is open to all students wishing to study French at Beginner level. This is a general language class offering students the opportunity to study and practise French (speaking, reading, writing and listening skills) for four weekly contact hours. Two hours are taught in sub-groups for language practice and the other two hours focus on grammatical skills. Themes and communication skills addressed in the language classes include: Talking about self; Asking for/giving directions; Expressing opinions: agreement and disagreement; Referring to past and future events (including plans, intentions and conditions).

Outline Of Syllabus

Themes and communication skills addressed in the language classes include:
1. Talking about yourself (age, address and further details)
2. Asking for/ giving directions: finding your way in a city enquiring about transport etc.
3. Shops and services; comparing products and services assessing quality and price etc.
4. Socialising: making appointments, making/ accepting/ declining invitations
5. Talking about other people: family relationships, personal qualities etc.
6. Expressing opinions: agreement and disagreement (total/ partial, formal/ informal)
7. Making requests formally and informally.
8. Referring to past and future events (including plans, intentions and conditions)
9. Talking on the phone in simple, typical situations of everyday life.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:00Language classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1156:00156:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Linguistic knowledge and the ability to use language effectively (ie linguistic skills) are intrinsically linked
2. Teaching and learning these outcomes (knowledge and skills) effectively implies presenting, practising and consolidating them via language classes and private study as indicated below.

3. The integration of linguistic knowledge ie vocabulary, grammar, functions, notions and knowledge of the French culture and the key skills of reading writing speaking and listening is appropriately served by the language classes through suitable presentations and plenty of practice through individual, pair and group work.
4. In common with other foreign languages, French requires substantial 'guided autonomous learning' activity which is catered for in the 156 hours of private study. Through this study: knowledge introduced and practised in the classes is revised, consolidated and expanded, students learn to evaluate their own performance and develop a range of strategies for language learning.

5. To ensure the learning of the above outcomes is effective, formative feedback is given in two ways,
i) indirectly through self assessment e.g. Through internet and commercially available answer keys and
ii) directly by the teacher e.g. In writing skills exercises which students carry out on a weekly basis


Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A60N/A
Aural Examination301M20N/A
Oral Examination101M20A spoken test at the end of Semester 1.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge outcomes will be assessed by each of the modes of examination defined above (60%).

The 4 macro skills will be primarily and explicitly assessed as follows:
Reading and writing formal written examination
Listening- test of listening comprehension (30 mins, end of the Semester 1, 20%)
speaking- by weekly speaking tasks to be prepared as homework and assessed with spoken test(20%)

These assessment methods are commonly used in language testing and are appropriate to the individual skills being assessed.

Re-sit Format: One 90 minute written examination. 3 equally weighted parts: Reading, Writing and Grammar (similar format to the June exam, past papers available on the FRE1065/1066 Blackboard page).

Reading Lists