French Advanced One (FLF3415)
|Staff||Miss Candice Francois - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||Completion of FLF2430 or FLF2330 or equivalent|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
Module aimsThe module is appropriate for students who have an A-level (Grade A-B) in the foreign language or equivalent. The module develops core language skills of speaking, reading and writing, as well as advanced grammatical structures of the target language. This course is between B2 - Independent User and C1 - Proficient User of the Common European Framework for languages, and aims to:
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced grammatical structures of the target language
- 2. Read and comprehend demanding, written texts on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints
- 3. Communicate fluently and effectively, both orally and in writing, and use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes and produce clear, well-structured written text on complex subjects, expressing points of view at some length
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Demonstrate increased autonomy in language learning, with reduced direction from the teacher
- 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Work creatively and flexibly, react and adapt to situations as appropriate and solve problem
- 7. Indicate developing skills of self-study and their application and awareness of and sensitivity to the foreign culture
The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring advanced grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
It covers the following grammar and topics (Note this list is only indicative):
- Main grammar: Past tenses, agreement of past participles, subjunctive, logical connectors (cause, consequence and aim, opposition and restriction), simple and complex relative pronouns, passive, future tenses, expression of hypothesis and conditional, comparison, direct & indirect object pronouns, language registers, indirect speech, etc.
- Main Topics: Identities, Health, Migrations, Cities, Work, Arts, ‘Francophonie’, Ecology and global engagement, etc.
Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work , and include the study of texts with comprehension exercises, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises.
You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class (between 3-5 hours per week) and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner.
For this module, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in French. You will also be expected to complete exercises on a self-study basis, prepare exercises and activities for the class, write assignments and generally acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies (such as proofreading, self-editing and self-correcting).
You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments and formative assessment tasks. You will also receive formal feedback on summative assessments such as the In-Class Test, including suggestions on how to improve and identify your own strategies for improvement.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||44||Language classes|
|Guided independent study||106||Consolidation class work by learning activities vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in French|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|3 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)||variable||1-7||Written and oral|
|1 in-class formative task in week 12||1.5 hours||1-7||Written and oral|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Oral Test||40||8-9 minutes||1, 3-7||Written (upon request)|
|Written Examination||60||2 hours||1-7||Written (upon request)|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Written Examination||Written exam||1-7||Referral/deferral period|
|Oral test||Oral test||1, 3-7||Referral/deferral period|
Oral Test = 40%, Written Examination = 60%
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Main course book:
Alter Ego + B2 (livre élève + CD-Rom) by Catherine Dollez, Sylvie Pons, Marine Antier, Joëlle Bonenfant, Gabrielle Chort, Michel Guilloux edited by Hachette FLE
Code ISBN: 9782014015508
- Grammar book: Help Yourself to Advanced French Grammar: A Grammar Reference and Workbook Post-GCSE/Advanced Level (2nd Edition) by Thaila Marriott, Mirielle Ribiere edited by Longman
Code ISBN: 978-0582329454
- Dictionary: Collins/Robert French Dictionary or Oxford/Hachette French Dictionary
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