FR1L3-Advanced French Language I

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: A level in French or equivalent. If you take this module you cannot take an IWLP module in French.
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded: FR1L2 Intermediate French Language
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Miss Marine Orain

Email: m.orain@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module aims to develop the language skills of students who have already achieved Advanced Level or equivalent in French. Students with an excellent AS Level qualification in French may also be considered for this module.

The course will provide the necessary basis for the study of French to Honours degree level, but will also be an effective study and career tool for students who are not intending to continue with French after Part 1.

Students who successfully complete this module will have achieved a level of competence in French comparable to level B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Aims:
This module aims to develop students' linguistic ability by building on their work at A/AS Level. The course is structured so as to offer students opportunities to consolidate their knowledge of French grammar and syntax, broaden the registers of their spoken and written language, and extend their reading abilities.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
• demonstrate a good understanding and appropriate use of French grammar and syntax;
• demonstrate an understanding of both written and spoken French, in different registers and styles;
• express themselves clearly and fluently in both written and spoken French in both formal and informal situations;
• show familiarity with an appropriate range of French vocabulary and an ability to use it.

Additional outcomes:
This module aims to enable students to:
• actively reflect on their learning processes and preferences so as to independently develop appropriate strategies and relevant skills to ensure linguistic progression;
• make good use of appropriate reference materials (e.g. dictionaries; online resources; self-study tools, etc.)
• develop an awareness of current issues in French-speaking countries through the use of contemporary material.
• plan, manage and deliver work in a team;
• contribute to the design of the syllabus and the assessment of elements of the course.

Outline content:
The course will focus on a variety of language exercises that will introduce students to the exploration and production of written and oral texts representing a range of genres and registers.

Classes will provide students with regular practice in free and guided writing in French, and in presenting and discussing in the foreign language. Classes will also offer the opportunity for students to explicitly analyse grammatical and syntactical features in French.

The course will include a Language Skills component, which will allow students to focus on activities that promote and advance their awareness of language structures in general, and on the active exploration of ways of applying such awareness to the learning of French language.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will use a variety of strategies for teaching and learning, involving a mixture of group-work, class discussion and analysis, and independent work between sessions. Students will complete regular exercises as homework and will also do a variety of exercises in class.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 30 30 4
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 68 58
       
Total hours by term 108.00 88.00 4.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 20
Oral assessment and presentation 20
Practical skills assessment 10

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework:
Students will complete continuous assessment work worth 20% of the module mark over two terms. This will include class tests and/or coursework projects.

Examination:
Students will take a two-hour written examination, worth 50% of the final mark for the module, and an oral exam, worth 20% of the final mark for this module.

The Language Skills component will be assessed by a combination of project work and class test, worth 10% of the final mark for the module.

Formative assessment methods:
Feedback will be given on assignments and there will be opportunity for class-based discussion.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    2 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment, which will be via a 2-hour written exam, in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in Part 1 as a whole, or (for compulsory modules only) of failure to qualify in Part 1.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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