French Intermediate One (PLF2230)
|Staff||Dr Marion Bernard - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||GCSE in French (A*-B) or equivalent|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
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-B (or equivalent). This module is to become a solid A2 User of the Common European Framework and aims to:
- Consolidate the essential structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday situations
- Further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening, reading and productive skills in speaking, writing
- Deepen students' understanding and appreciation of the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop student awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of basic grammatical structures of the target language
- 2. Read and comprehend straightforward written and aural texts on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, study, leisure etc. in the target language
- 3. Communicate effectively on a broad range of general topics which are familiar or of personal interest, both orally and in writing, and produce short descriptive and narrative texts, formal and informal letters.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise his/her learning with 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 presentation on a topic pertinent to everyday occurrences in his/her field and hold a conversation in the target language which may involve expressing opinions and making value judgements
- 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and rigour and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture
The module 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 / topics (non-exhaustive):
Tenses: present, past (perfect & imperfect) and future tenses.
Moods: Imperative, Present participle, Conditional & Subjunctive.
Pronouns: relative (qui, que, dont, où), ‘toniques’(me, you, him/her, us, them), direct and indirect objects, demonstratives and use of pronouns ‘en’ and ‘y’.
Expressions of time.
Main Topics (non-exhaustive):
Origins and background, Express likes/dislikes. Say where you come from and put the question to others.
Describe key events in your life (past, present and future).
Talk about leisure events and activities.
Personal relations. Meeting people. Telephone conversations. Relationships.
Holidays, travelling and tourism.
Describe houses, rooms. Talk about where you live.
Work and training, working conditions, working abroad, looking for a job, CV. Fix meetings and appointments.
Health and well-being, alternative medicine. Problems, accidents, mishaps.
Shopping, exchange, fair trade.
- Arts and culture. Ask and react to opinions
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||66||Language classes|
|Guided independent study||234||Consolidate 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.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|5 formative tasks covering grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)||Variable||1-5, 7||Written and oral|
|1 in-class formative task in week 12 (during first two timetabled hours)||1.5 hours||1-5, 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|
|In-Class Listening Test||20||45 Minutes||2, 7||Written and oral|
|Written examination||50||2 hours||1-5, 7||Written and oral|
|Oral Test||30||8 - 9 minutes||1, 3-7||Written and oral|
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|
|In-class Listening Test, Written Exam||Written Exam||1-5, 7||Referral/deferral period|
|Oral test||Oral test||1, 3-7||Referral/deferral period|
Oral Test = 30%, Written Examination = 70%
The Re-Assessment Written Exam will include all the skills assessed by the In-Class Test, the In-class Listening Test, and the Written Exam. Nevertheless, students will only be expected to retake the sections they have been deferred/referred (ie. the skills covered by the In-Class Test, the In-class Listening Test, and/or the Written Exam). The same % of credit applies.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
Dictionary: Collins/Robert French Dictionary
Grammaire Progressive Du Français - Nouvelle Edition: Livre Intermédiaire 3e Edition + Cd-audio + Livre-web by Maïa Grégoire &Odile Thiévenaz
Publisher: Clé International (1 Sept. 2013)
Available as distance learning?
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