LA1PF3-IWLP French 3

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: LA1PF2 IWLP French 2
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: FR1L3 Advanced French Language I FR2L4 Advanced French Language II FR3L6 Advanced French Language III FR3LMB French Language for Management & Business II FR3L6C Advanced French Language III LA1PF4 IWLP French 4
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mrs Ali Nicholson


Summary module description:

The module is intended for students with an entry level of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A2. On successful completion of the module students will have achieved CEF B1/B1+.

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain confidence in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, in order to develop their ability to interact with native speakers of French. They will gain precision and accuracy in expressing themselves in and understanding oral and written French, concentrating on its communicative use in a variety of situations.

This module is taught at level 4 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Reading University allows students from any year to take this module. Students will identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to address problems that are well defined but complex and non- routine. In language learning this means acquiring knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, developing strategies for learning and practising the language in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, in order to communicate within defined situations while developing tools to enable students to respond to unexpected events. 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.

Support is given and adjustments are made for students with disabilities. However, 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 everyday situations in a French-speaking country and in those they would typically meet while studying there. It will focus on themes and topics related to university life and students’ interests;
- to extend their cultural awareness;
- to develop strategies for coping with less common linguistic, social and cultural situations.

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

• Communicate in French by speaking at an intermediate level about a selection of topics

• Understand and interact adequately with sympathetic native speakers

• Recognise and use a range of French vocabulary as required, and start to obtain a small range of synonyms to enable them to communicate; this will include improving skills in using dictionaries and online sources of vocabulary

• Read and understand texts and articles on a variety of topics, and write a summary in French of the key points

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

• Communicate in French in writing about a selection of defined everyday topics and within a defined range of genres, including report writing.


Additional outcomes:
Students will be involved in regular group activities and role playing and will gain experience in oral presentations and joint activities. They will make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and will develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture. They will be able to understand the main points of any standard written or spoken text dealing with familiar topics.

Outline content:
Students will learn:-
- to discuss topics of both personal and wider interest;
- to express their opinions orally and in writing;
- to interact effectively with native speakers in a social and practical context;
- to extract information from a standard spoken or written text.

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 30 3
Guided independent study 53 60 27
Total hours by term 80.00 90.00 30.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 35
Project output other than dissertation 25
Oral assessment and presentation 25
Class test administered by School 15

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
In order to consolidate and develop their language learning, students are encouraged to complete regular tasks – in class and outside – on which feedback is provided.

Penalties for late submission:

Length of examination:

A two-hour paper (in the summer). 

Requirements for a pass:
40% overall for UG students,
50% overall for PGT students.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-sit in August/September examinations period on the basis of examination only (relative percentages: oral examination 40%, written paper 60%)

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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