French Intermediate Fast-Track (FLF2430)

StaffMiss Candice Francois - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module is appropriate for students who either already have or may quickly regain a level of proficiency in French broadly equivalent to that of GCSE Grade A* or A (or equivalent). This module is between A2 Basic User and B2 Independent User level of the Common European Framework and aims to:

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of an extensive range of grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend written and aural texts of a more technical nature on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language
  • 3. Communicate confidently and spontaneously in a wide range of situations including more specialised topics, both orally and in writing, and produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects in the target language

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise his/her learning with some guidance from the tutor.
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, such as a reference grammar and bilingual dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Give a clear, prepared presentation on a general topic and take an active part in discussions, accounting for and sustaining their views
  • 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Syllabus plan

The course provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and developing the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.


It covers the following grammar points (non-exhaustive):

Past tenses,  question forms,  subjunctive mood, double object pronoun structures,  past participle agreements, pronouns (y' & en'), quantification, demonstratives, expressing frequency,  logical connectives (cause & consequence), expressing time,  conditional mood & making hypothesis, present participle & gerund, reported speech and phonetics.


Main Topics (non-exhaustive):

  • Memories (telling a story in the past, expressing things remembered, telling an unusual story)
  • My place (talking about a place and describe it, talking about urban planning in Exeter)
  • Celebrities (describing someone, reporting speech, writing a biography)
  • Well-being (expressing pain and well-being, talking about problems, giving advice, talking about well-being on the Exeter campus)
  • Culture (expressing feelings, regret, reproach, describing a work of art, proposing cultural outings)
  • Jobs (attending a job interview, expressing ability to do something)
  • Charities and volunteering (writing a formal letter, designing and presenting a fundraising initiative)
  • Equality (debating positive discrimination, gender inequalities and bullying, writing an argumentative essay)
  • Environment (expressing agreement and disagreement, making a speech about environmental issues)

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities88Language classes
Guided Independent study212Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in French. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write short assignments and generally begin to acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
5 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)Variable1-5, 7Written and oral
1 in-class formative task in week 12 (during the first two timetabled hours)1.5 hours1-5, 71-5, 7

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-Class Listening Test2045 Minutes2, 7Written and oral Feedback with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor/s
Oral Test 3010-12 minutes1, 3-7Written Feedback Sheet (upon request)
Written Examination502 hours1-5, 7Written Feedback (upon request)

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In-Class Listening Test Written ExamWritten exam1-5, 7Referral/deferral period
Oral TestOral Test1, 3-7Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 30%,  Written Examination = 70%


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Le Nouveau Rond Point 2 (B1): Livre de l'élève + CD-audio : Méthode de français basé sur l’apprentissage par les tâches.

Publisher: Editions Maison des Langues ; 1er édition (2011)

ISBN-13: 9788484436959

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Grammaire Progressive Du Français - Nouvelle Edition: Livre Intermédiaire 3e Edition + Cd-audio + Livre-web by Maïa Grégoire & Odile Thiévenaz

Publisher: Cle International (1 Sept. 2013)

ISBN-13: 978-2090381245

Recommended materials: A suitable bilingual dictionary, e.g. Collins French Dictionary.

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