LA1PF5N-IWLP French 5 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: LA1PF6 IWLP French 6 FR1L3 Advanced French Language I FR2L4 Advanced French Language II FR3L6 Advanced French Language III
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mrs Ali Nicholson


Summary module description:

The course is intended for students with an entry level of CEF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) B1+/B2.  On successful completion of the course students will have achieved CEF B2+/C1.

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. It will also increase students’ awareness and understanding of France today.

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 develop the knowledge of the target language which students already possess. It will provide them with a more thorough understanding of its grammatical structures, and allow them to communicate at a higher level in both spoken and written language.

It also aims to extend their cultural awareness and to enable them to develop strategies for coping with less common linguistic, social and cultural situations. It will enable them to cope in a wide range of situations in a French-speaking country, and those they would typically meet while living there.  Students will improve the accuracy, fluency and complexity of their written and spoken French.

Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of this course students will be able

-To structure and deliver oral presentations in French.

-to speak, write, and read about modern day themes and cultural topics related to students’ interests

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

-to put forward a coherent argument on a given topic in accurate written French and in an appropriate register.

-to understand a variety of authentic listening materials, and extract the relevant information.

Additional outcomes:
Students will be involved in regular group activities and oral presentations. They will make progress through both the classroom activities and the development of independent language study skills. The development of analytical skills in the target language will be encouraged.

Outline content:
Skills development in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Topic based discussions, using authentic source material from internet and the media. Advanced pronunciation exercises. Listening comprehension using selected passages from broadcast media. Oral presentations by individual students on selected topics.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The course provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammatical structures and lexical knowledge in a communicative context. Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as group work, discussions and debates.
The study of appropriate texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises will be included. Learning activities are supported by various media, including authentic audio and video material. 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%).

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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