French Language for Beginners (FLF1115)
|Staff||Dr Jane Lee - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
The module is intended for students who have no previous or very little knowledge of French and offers an introduction to French language and culture. This module is broadly equivalent to A1 Basic User level of the Common European Framework and aims to:
- Provide you with a foundation of the basic grammatical structures of the target language thus enabling you to communicate across the four key language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) at a basic level on a variety of familiar topics.
- Enable you to give and understand information and to achieve a confident basic level of communicative competence in everyday situations.
- Provide an introduction to the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the language is spoken and to develop an awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Demonstrate a confident grasp of the basic grammatical structures of the target language
- 2. Be able to read and understand simple written and aural texts and extract specific, predictable information related to everyday situations
- 3. Communicate on a variety of everyday general topics requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters, orally or in writing
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Understand the principles of learning a new language intensively, and organise ones own 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 ones learning
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Communicate at a basic level in French
- 7. Work in groups to solve tasks in the target language
- 8. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture
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||Two weekly class hours over 22 weeks introducing new grammatical and vocabulary material, oral, written exercises, listening and speaking practice|
|Guided independent study||106||Consolidate 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|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Regular exercises (reading and listening comprehension, speaking and writing tasks, grammar, vocabulary, etc.)||2-4 hours homework per week||1-3, 5-8||Oral and written feedback|
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 (role play)||25||6 minutes||1, 3-6, 8||Individual written feedback|
|In class test (listening and grammar/ vocabulary test)||35||45 minutes||1, 6||Written feedback with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor|
|Exam (reading comprehension and writing)||40||1 hour||1-6, 8||Written feedback (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|
|Examination||Examination||1-6, 8||Referral/Deferral period|
|Oral examination||Oral examination||1, 3-6, 8||Referral/Deferral period or Freshers Week|
In-Class Test is not available as re-assessment, with proven and accepted mitigation component is excluded from the module calculation. Without proven mitigation a mark of zero will be attained.
Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.
Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Online dictionary: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english-french
Language resources at RFI: http://www.rfi.fr/
TV5 Monde: http://www.tv5monde.com/
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French Language, French Language for Beginners, Ab Initio French, French 15 credits