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French Intermediate One (FLF2215)

Staff - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLF1130: French Beginners or equivalent
Co-requisites
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

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 between A2 Basic User and B1 Independent User of the Common European Framework and aims to:

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of basic grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend straightforward written texts on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, study, leisure etc. in the target language
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a limited 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 brief presentation on a topic which is familiar or of personal interest and hold a short 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

Syllabus plan

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’.

  • Comparisons.

  • Expressions of time.

  • Negative forms.

  • Possessive adjectives.

  • Articles: partitives.

  • Reflexive verbs.

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.

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’.

  • Comparisons.

  • Expressions of time.

  • Negative forms.

  • Possessive adjectives.

  • Articles: partitives.

  • Reflexive verbs.

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 ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
441060

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching44Language classes
Guided independent study 106Class preparation; Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video/DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language

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)Variable1-5, 7Written and oral feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
05050

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 and oral feedback
Oral test257/8 minutes1, 3-7Written feedback (upon request)
Written examination (centrally organised)501.5 hours1-7Written feedback (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 testOral test1-5, 7Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Written exam: 75%; Oral test: 25%

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

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • 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). ISBN-13: 978-2090381245

Available as distance learning?

Yes

Origin date

2011

Last revision date

17/01/2019

Key words search

French, intermediate