FRE4082 : Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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

- build on language skills gained at stages 1, 2 and 3
- provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the French language and with the ability to use it at a high level of proficiency in professional and academic environments.
- prepare students for postgraduate study in areas that make extensive and intensive use of the target language
- focus on further developing students' oral, aural and written competence in the foreign language gained at stages 2 and 3, with a focus on the professional and academic world.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module focuses on two main activities:

- professional oral communication skills
- aural comprehension and written report and/or commentary

In Semester 1, students will be given the opportunity to practise formal oral communication in the target language in a variety of professional and academic contexts, eg. presentations (informative and persuasive); discussions; debates; vivas and interviews (professional and media).

In Semester 2, students will learn to synthesise audio-visual materials in a formal and professional manner. They will practise written communication in the target language through a range of professional and academic tasks, eg. reports, syntheses, commentaries or critical reviews. The audio-visual sources will cover cultural, political, economic and societal themes in relation to the French-speaking world.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Seminars (aural)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00Seminars (oral)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study167:0067:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Language classes will introduce, model and offer guidance in each of the skills that students are required to practise during the course (e.g. oral presentations, taking part in critical discussions, aural comprehension and commentary, etc.).

Group work will offer students an opportunity to work in small groups (in the target language and in English) under close supervision of the lecturer. These classes will focus on the skills listed in the outline syllabus.

Teaching will be mainly in the target language.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation151M40A 5 min. oral presentation followed by a 10 min. viva
Aural Examination902M60A written commentary, synthesis or critical review of a 5-7 min. audio-visual document played 3 times. *See Assessment Rationale
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Examination1MMock oral and viva. Teaching weeks 10-11. This will be a short version of the real exam with individual feedback.
Aural Examination2MMock aural exam. Prior to Easter break. Student will receive feedback at the end of the Easter break.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment of oral is performed in a setting that is as close to a real-life professional or academic situation as possible.

The exercise of aural commentary is assessed by means of an examination to ensure that the students’ output is produced in identical conditions and is their own work.

The oral and aural mock exams help students assess their progress before the formal examinations take place. Formative feedback will be provided regularly.

Resit format:

Students who have failed the module will only resit the component(s) which they have failed:
- a 5-minute oral presentation followed by a 10-minute viva/interview
- a 90-minute aural examination similar to the semester 2 practical examination.

*The total exam (including time to show the document to candidates) will be 90 minutes.

Reading Lists