French Advanced Two (FLF3515)

StaffDr Lucie Riou - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLF3415/3430 or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

French Advanced 2 is intended for students who have successfully completed FLF3415-30 French Advanced 1 or who have an A level (Grade A*-B) plus one year of further study on an Advanced course or equivalent (such as Delf B2 or evidence of solid upper intermediate-level accomplishment as Entry level).

On the completion of this module, students will be at the level of B2+ and C1 (as Exit level) - Proficient User of the Common European Framework for languages, and will be able to:

  • review and consolidate solid advanced structures of the target language, developing both idiomatic vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday and academic situations

  • further develop and embed active and passive advanced language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, with particular emphasis placed on the advanced skills necessary for effective and fluid oral and written communication in the target language at an advanced level to engage with a series of material on the same theme and/or question with a critical perspective

  • explain the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in students' field of specialisation
  • build on knowledge of advanced sociocultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the language is spoken and continue to develop transferable and intercultural skills necessary for studying, living and/or working abroad in a Francophone country.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of a range of advanced grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend a range of demanding, longer written and aural texts in most registers, 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 not always in an explicit manner
  • 3. Communicate fluently and spontaneously, both orally or in writing, on complex and abstract topics, use language flexibly and spontaneously for social and professional purposes and produce coherent, cohesive and near-accurate texts in a range of appropriate styles and genres

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy in language learning, with minimal direction from the teacher
  • 5. Combine specialised learning aids in a variety of media to class notes and material, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Work pro-actively with others as part of a team, react and adapt to some unexpected situations as appropriate and solve problem effectively
  • 7. Apply self-study skills and demonstrate sensitivity to the foreign culture
  • 8. Defend his/her view point in debate and question, evaluate or critisise other viewpoints in interaction

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring solid advanced grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are expected to demonstrate competence in the use of all advanced grammatical structures. However, there may be remedial revision / consolidation of some advanced grammar.

It covers the following grammar / topics (Note this list is only indicative):

- Main grammar: Infinitive verb; Active & passive voices; all tenses; subjunctive mood; past participle verbs; impersonal verbs; negation of verbs ; nouns, adjectives and articles ; pronouns (personal, relative, definite & indefinite); prepositions ; adverbs ; conjunctions ; numerals ; questions forms; indirect speech ; etc.

- Main Topics (non-exhaustive):

A series of socio-cultural and socio-economic topics are covered such as:

La révolution numérique et les nouvelles technologies, les valeurs des Français, Terroirs et mondialisation, les phénomènes migratoires, le système éducatif français et l’élitisme, le multilinguisme, l’environnement et la transition énergétique, la bioéthique et les OGM, etc.

Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work and include the study of longer and complex texts, 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 and advanced language learner.

For this module, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning advanced vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in French. You will also be expected to complete the exercise on a self-study basis, prepare exercises and activities for the class, write longer assignments and generally acquire a repertoire of advanced and effective language learning strategies.

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 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 ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities44Language classes
Guided independent study106Consolidation of learning; learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, Internet & computer software in French.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)Variable1-7Written and oral

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 Test251.5 hours1-5, 7Written & oral
Oral Test (debate)2514-15 minutes1, 3-8Written (upon request)
Written Examination (organised centrally)502 hours1-5, 7Written (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 Test, Written ExaminationWritten examination1-5, 7Referral/deferral period
Oral Test (debate)Oral Test1, 3-8Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 25%,  Written Examination = 75%


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Main course book:

Alter Ego 5 (livre de l'Elève & CD), by Catherine Dollez, et al, edited by Hachette FLE

CODE ISBN: 978-2011557971


Recommended materials:

- Grammaire progressive du français niveau Perfectionnement avec 600 exercices, by Maïa Grégoire, edited by Clé Internationa

CODE ISBN: 978-2090353594

- Dictionary: Collins/Robert French Dictionary or Oxford/Hachette French

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Origin date


Last revision date

January 2017

Key words search

French, advanced