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French language – University of Reading

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  • Learn French with your degree

French language

Spoken by more than 70 million people as their first language, with a further 100-200 million people around the world speaking French as a second language. French is the language most sought after by those UK employers looking for language skills.

British Council (2014), Languages for the Future

MODULES AVAILABLE

Taking French with IWLP as part of your degree (for 20 credits)?

  • If you are in the first year of your course (Part 1 or PGT) - select through online module selection as you do for your other modules. If the selection window has closed go to module surgeries or support centres.
  • Returning students (Parts 2/3 and 4) - please discuss with a support centre how to change/add your module choices.
  • During the enrolment process you may be asked to complete a online french p/t .

 

Taking the language with IWLP but not as part of your degree (as non-credit)?

Please note that applications for non-credits will open at the beginning of September 2020.

If you are unsure or have any further queries please contact the IWLP Team on iwlp@reading.ac.uk or telephone 0118 378 7318.

LA1PF1-IWLP French 1

This beginner module is for students with no knowledge (or virtually no knowledge) of the language. The module will give you basic survival skills, enabling you to make yourself understood and to find out information in common, everyday situations. Please note that students with GCSE or equivalent in the language cannot enrol on a Beginners' class.

LA1PF2-IWLP French 2

This post-beginner module is for students who have some previous knowledge such as that acquired by taking IWLP French 1 (or equivalent) and can cope in common everyday situations using mainly the present tense. It includes revision of the basic grammar necessary for a sound foundation in the language.

LA1PF3-IWLP French 3

This lower intermediate module is for students with a basic knowledge of French, such as that acquired by taking IWLP French 2 (or equivalent) and can use basic past, present and future tenses reasonably correctly and who can understand the main points of spoken or written material. 

LA1PF4-IWLP French 4

This upper-Intermediate module is for students who have taken IWLP French (or equivalent) and whose previous knowledge of French enable them to understand the main points of everyday spoken and written material (radio, TV, newspapers), and who can express their opinions with reasonable accuracy and fluency.

LA1FP2-IWLP French 2 with academic placement in Grenoble, France    (Not running 2020/21)

The module is intended for students with an entry level of CEF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A1 or equivalent. This module gives students the opportunity to study the French language at the Université Grenoble Alpes, in France for a 2 week intensive period, either at the beginning of April 2019 (1-12 April inclusive) or at the beginning of September 2019 (2-13 September inclusive). Upon their return to the UK, students would then take the usual IWLP placement test and continue their studies with one of the standard courses until Christmas. All assessments will be completed in Reading during the Autumn term. 

LA1PF3-IWLP French 3 with academic placement in Grenoble, France (not running 2020/21)

The module is intended for students with an entry level of CEF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A2 or equivalent. This module gives students the opportunity to study the French language at Université Grenoble Alpes in France for a 2 week intensive period, either at the beginning of April 2019 (1-12 April inclusive) or at the beginning of September 2019 (2-13 September inclusive). Upon their return to the UK, students would then take the usual IWLP placement test and continue their studies with one of the standard courses until Christmas. All assessments will be completed in Reading during the Autumn term.  

LA1PF4-IWLP French 4 with academic placement in Grenoble, France  (not running 2020/21)

The module is intended for students with an entry level of CEF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) B1 or equivalent. This module gives students the opportunity to study the French language at Université Grenoble Alpes in France for a 2 week intensive period, either at the beginning of April 2019 (1-12 April inclusive) or at the beginning of September 2019(2-13 September inclusive). Upon their return to the UK, students would then take the usual IWLP placement test and continue their studies with one of the standard courses until Christmas. All assessments will be completed in Reading during the Autumn term. 

Language Ladder

If your placement test suggests that your ability is already higher than the module offered by IWLP, or if in a previous IWLP module you reached the top of the stages available, you might be able to enrol on one of the language modules offered by the Department of Modern Languages. Information and advice is available from the IWLP Coordinator responsible for your language.  If you have any queries please contact iwlp@reading.ac.uk

CONTACT TIME

Classes are 3 hours a week, split into a 2hour and a 1hour session on different days. Popular modules are offered in several parallel groups (A,B,C...) following the same syllabus. You have to attend all 3 hours every week.

Fees

No additional fees are required for IWLP modules if you are:

- A current Undergraduate/Postgraduate Taught student taking IWLP modules as part of your 120/180 credits for the year (with permission by your School in your module specifications).

For other students:

- Non-credit fees are not finalised yet for 2020/21 but are currently £340 for the year. This will be billed to your student account during November.

Exceptions:

- PGR students: If your School is going to fund your IWLP module please get the  PGR agreement form signed by your School Director of Teaching & Learning. Those not being funded will be charged £340 to their student account in November.

- Staff: All staff are required to pay for their IWLP module. The fee is £340. If your School/Dept are willing to fund your module, please complete and return the  staff agreement form.

All forms can be emailed to iwlp@reading.ac.uk .

 

Withdrawals

If you no longer wish to take your IWLP module, you will need to officially withdraw with us by submitting a withdrawal form . You will not be removed from our records until we have received this form, even if you have told your home department. Refunds are only given up to the end of Week 4 of the autumn term.

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