LA1FP4-IWLP French 4 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: FR1L3 Advanced French Language I and FR2L4 Advanced French Language II and FR3L6 Advanced French Language III and LA1PF5 IWLP French 5 and FR3LMB French Language for Management & Business II and FR3L6C Advanced French Language III
Placement opportunity: Maxi placement
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Ms Lidija Pasuljevic Shimwell


Type of module:

Summary module description:

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, usually in early April or early September.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.. 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 enable students:-

  • to cope in a wide range of situations in a French-speaking country including  those they would typically meet while studying or working there. It will focus on themes and topics related to the workplace

  • to develop their knowledge of French-speaking countries and people;

  • to extend their cultural awareness;

  • to develop strategies for coping with less common linguistic, social and cultural situations

  • to express and defend opinions on a range of current issues.

Assessable learning outcomes:

.By the end of this module students will be able to-

  • Give a presentation and write a report in French, based on their experiences in Grenoble, demonstrating an increase in their cultural awareness

  • -communicate in French by speaking at an intermediate/post intermediate level

  • to study the world of work and produce some appropriate materials

  • to cope in a wide range of situations in a French-speaking country and in those they would typically meet while studying or working there.

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 pair work 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 develop greater fluency and complexity of expression

-to interact effectively with native speakers in a social and practical context

- to extract information from a standard spoken or written text. 

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 pair work, 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 4
Placement 100
Guided independent study: 69
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 25
Oral assessment and presentation 45
Class test administered by School 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Autumn term week 8: Oral presentation about placement (including slides), plus question/answer conversation (45%) ( 30 minutes maximum)

Autumn term week 10: Project – Oral discussion and CV+ application letter (25%)

Autumn term week 11: Written report about Placement under controlled conditions (30%) (500 words)

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

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.


Assessment 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,(60%) and will also have a second oral exam (40%).

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

This module involves substantial additional costs, currently around £1000, as detailed below, for the placement in France:

1.Tuition fees in Grenoble (€460 for 2 weeks in 2019-20)

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 €300. There may also be a few free  places available for students from low income households who are currently in receipt of a Reading bursary.

Last updated: 19 September 2019


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