French for Proficient Speakers (FLF3915)

StaffMs Florence Gomez - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLF3615/3630 or FLF3715/3730 or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

French for Near Natives is intended for students with a near proficient level of French who have successfully completed FLF3615-30 French Advanced for Business or FLF3715-30 French Advanced 3 or who have an A Level plus 3 years of further study on an Advanced course or equivalent (evidence of advanced-level accomplishment as Entry level) or who may have spent a period of study or work or life  in a Francophone country (e.g. on a ‘with European Study’ pathway) or who are speaking French at home with one of their parents.


On completion of this module, students will have a level equivalent to C2 (as Exit level) - Proficient User of the Common European Framework for Languages, and they will be able to:

  • Review and consolidate effective operational proficient structures of the target language to communicate spontaneously for academic and specific purposes
  • Further develop and embed active and passive proficient language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, with particular emphasis placed on proficient skills necessary for effective oral and written communication in the target language at a proficient level to engage in analysis, criticism/questioning and summarizing / synthesising the content of several written and aural documents on the same topic, but with various approaches
  • Explain a wide range of demanding, longer and complex texts, and recognise implicit meaning, including any sub-textual or stylistic nuances and produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices to develop a well-structured argument
  • Identify socio-cultural aspects of the regions/countries in which French is spoken, to refine transferable intercultural skills necessary for living and working abroad and to use the language proficiently in a social, professional or academic context
  • Work specifically on written French to filter common near-native fossilised errors such as spelling, accents, verb-endings, agreements and gender, but also on complex structures and formal written style expression


ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of a wide range of complex language in the target language and do research
  • 2. Read, comprehend, question and summarise a wide range of demanding, longer written and aural texts in most registers on a range of topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with current affairs in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints as well as implicit and connoted information
  • 3. Communicate confidently, proficiently and naturally in a wide range of situations, both orally and in writing, on complex and abstract topics and demonstrate ability to research a specialist topic, extracting and summarising key information from a range of written and spoken sources, and produce a written portfolio of material to a high professional standard

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate proficient levels of autonomy in language learning and ability to research a project, with minimal direction from the teacher
  • 5. Combine specialised learning aids in a variety of media to class material and personal research, including a proficient reference grammar and specialist/for specific or academic purposes dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Work spontaneously with others as part of a team or as a leader, anticipate unexpected situations and solve a wide range of problems effectively
  • 7. Practice self-study, further reading on class material individually and autonomously and relate to the foreign culture
  • 8. Make presentations on a range of concrete and abstract subjects and explain/defend his/her view point in debate as well as prove his/her point in disagreement expressing himself/herself confidently, very fluently and accurately, differentiating finer shades of meaning in more complex situations

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring proficient grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the integrated skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.


At this level, students are expected to:


  • demonstrate a near native competence in the use of all proficient grammatical structures.

  • follow weekly French national and international news and their global causes and consequences.

  • analyse, comment, research, compare sources and propose solutions to societal issues dealt with in class.

  • showcase personal analysis and researched knowledge to engage in contemporary debates.

The grammatical work will focus on remedial revision/consolidation of typical near-native fossilized grammar inaccuracies as required. 

The main Topics will be the various aspects of French and Francophone societal issues such as historic, politic, philosophic, social, ethic, scientific, social, etc. debates.


Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work/ class debate, and include the study of several longer texts to compare, contrast and question topical ideas with listening & reading comprehension exercises and oral development work.


You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as a proficient language learner.





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 activities44Language classes
Guided independent study106Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material from a wide range of sources in French. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write assignments and further develop a repertoire of effective language learning strategies.

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 test (reading and writing)252 hours1-3, 7Written and oral
Oral test (listening and speaking)2520 minutes1-3, 6-8Written (upon request)
Projet de recherche501-7Written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In class testWritten examination1-3, 7Referral/deferral period
Oral testOral test1-3, 6-8Referral/deferral period
Projet de rechercheDossier1-7Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Written examination = 25%, Oral Test = 25%, Projet de recherche = 50%

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

There is no coursebook for this module, but a study pack posted online on the ELE page

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

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

CODE ISBN: 978-2090353594

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



- French TV and radio: TV show C’est dans l’air on France 5 and news report Arte Journal on Arte



- French TV and radio: TV show C’est dans l’air on France 5 and news report Arte Journal on Arte

Available as distance learning?


Last revision date


Key words search

French, near native, proficient