LA1FP3-IWLP French 3 with academic placement in France

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Maxi placement
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mrs Ali Nicholson


Summary module description:

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 June (5-16 June inclusive) or at the beginning of September (4-15 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.

This module will develop the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

It is taught at level 4 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Reading University allows students from the second year onwards to take this module, provided that they have had previous experience of IWLP French. Students will exercise autonomy and judgement by developing independent learning skills. They will gain understanding of different perspectives and cultural differences in approaching a variety of situations.

IWLP language modules are communicative in nature and students are required to work in small groups. Also, students should be aware that spelling, grammar and sentence structure are assessed. In this respect the IWLP assessment is exempted from the University’s requirement to take specific learning difficulties into account when marking. For queries, contact


.This module aims to provide students with:-

- the ability to cope in straightforward, everyday situations in a French-speaking country those they would typically meet while studying there.  It will focus on themes and topics related to university life and students’ interests;

- the development of their knowledge of French-speaking countries and people;

- the development of strategies for coping with unpractised linguistic, social and cultural situations.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  • Give a short presentation and write a report in French, based on their experiences in Grenoble

    • Communicate in French by speaking at a relatively simple level/intermediate level about a selection of defined everyday topics;

    • Communicate in French in writing about a selection of defined everyday topics and within a defined range of genres;

    • Read and understand texts on a variety of  topics including obtaining specific details and write a summary in French of the key points

    • Use a range of French vocabulary as required within the topics covered, and further improve skills in using dictionaries and online sources of vocabulary;

    • Understand a variety of passages, conversations and announcements when spoken by sympathetic native- and non-native speakers of French;

    • Achieve competence in the use of the most important grammatical structures of the language for their level in both speaking and writing.

Additional outcomes:

Through this international placement, students will experience at first hand living and studying in France.  They will practise their language in authentic situations on a daily basis, both inside and outside the classroom.  Students will be involved in regular group activities and role playing and will gain experience in simple oral presentations and joint activities. They will make progress through developing skills of self-study and application.

Outline content:

Students will learn:-

- to discuss topics of personal interest;

- to express and justify opinions orally and in writing;

- to make simple arrangements and transactions in a social and practical context;

- to give simple accounts of events using past, present and future tenses

- to develop greater fluency and complexity of expression.

Global context:

Part of this module will take place in Grenoble, France.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context. Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as 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 such as audio and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 27
Project Supervision 10
Guided independent study 63
Placement 100
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Oral assessment and presentation 50
Class test administered by School 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with University policy:

• where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that 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:”

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.


Penalties for late submission:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

40% overall for UG students, 50% overall for PGT students

Reassessment arrangements:

If the student fails the placement part of this module, they will be given the opportunity to resubmit the presentation with a writing element, and will also have a second oral exam.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

This module involves substantial additional costs, currently around £1000, as detailed below:

1.Tuition fees in Grenoble (€400 for 2 weeks in 2017-18)

2.Travel to and from Grenoble

3.Accommodation in Grenoble (currently €250 in hall of residence for 2 weeks)

Study abroad bursary may be available – currently €200. 


Last updated: 31 March 2017

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