French Language for Beginners (FLF1115)

StaffDr Jane Lee - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level4
Pre-requisitesNone
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

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 one’s 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 one’s 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

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring basic grammatical structures in a communicative context. Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work and role-playing, and include the study of short texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software. The module consists of 2 hours a week and it is taught as far as possible in the target language.
 
You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class (between 2-4 hours per week) and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. For this module, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in French. You will also be expected to complete the exercise book/workbook on a self-study basis, prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write short assignments and generally begin to acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies.
 
You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments etc. You will also receive formal feedback on the In-Class Tests, including suggestions for what and how to improve and identifying 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
441060

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities44Two weekly class hours over 22 weeks introducing new grammatical and vocabulary material, oral, written exercises, listening and speaking practice
Guided independent study 106Consolidate 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

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Regular exercises (reading and listening comprehension, speaking and writing tasks, grammar, vocabulary, etc.)2-4 hours homework per week1-3, 5-8Oral and written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
07525

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral (role play)256 minutes1, 3-6, 8Individual written feedback
In class test (listening and grammar/ vocabulary test)3545 minutes1, 6Written feedback with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor
Exam (reading comprehension and writing)401 hour1-6, 8Written feedback (upon request)
0

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExamination1-6, 8Referral/Deferral period
Oral examinationOral examination1, 3-6, 8Referral/Deferral period or Freshers Week

Re-assessment notes

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

Title of textbook to be confirmed

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

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/

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

01/02/2015

Last revision date

09/03/2015

Key words search

French Language, French Language for Beginners, Ab Initio French, French 15 credits