LA1PF4N-IIWLP French 4 non-credit

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: LA1PF5 IWLP French 5 LA1PF6 IWLP French 6 FR1L3 Advanced French Language I FR1L2 Intermediate French Language FR2L4 Advanced French Language II FR3L6 Advanced French Language III
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) B1. On successful completion of the course students will have achieved CEF B1+/B2.

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 situations in a French-speaking country and in those they would typically meet while studying or working there. It will focus on themes and topics related to the workplace, as well as looking at regions of France
- 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 the course students will be able to:

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

  • Understand and interact adequately with native speakers

  • Recognise and use a range of French vocabulary as required, and start to obtain a range of synonyms to enable them to communicate

  • Read and understand texts and articles on a variety of topics and be able to discuss them

  • 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.

  • Research, construct and put forward an argument in a professional way.

Additional outcomes:
Students will be involved in regular group activities and role playing and will gain experience of public speaking and joint activities. Students will make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and will develop a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture.
They will gain in confidence throughout the course and will feel increasingly able to interact naturally with sympathetic native speakers in countries where French is spoken.

Outline content:
Students will develop their ability:-

- to discuss topics of both personal and wider interest;
- to express and justify their opinions orally and in writing;
- to interact effectively with native speakers in both formal and informal contexts;
- to extract information from authentic written and spoken texts;
-to improve the accuracy and complexity of their spoken and written French.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
3 hours per week will focus on all four skills, with emphasis on oral/aural development,. Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, including group work, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, and where appropriate, online resources. 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:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.

“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.

Length of examination:
A two-hour paper.

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

Reassessment arrangements:

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

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

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