FRE-90001 - French 1
Coordinator: Patricia Payne Tel: +44 1782 7 33401
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733960

Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations

Students are only permitted to take one French module per semester.
Students can only take one absolute beginners module (90001) in one academic year. This module cannot be taken as a Level 3 elective.

Description for 2019/20

This course is designed for students with no prior knowledge of French and will develop basic communication skills in French in everyday situations such as introducing oneself and giving and understanding personal information about oneself, family and friends.
Alongside the French language, you will get an insight into French culture e.g. about a variety of French traditions and customs, and culture specific behaviour. By following Units 1 to 4 of "French Experience 1- BBC Publications", you will be able to put the language learnt into the context of socialising, leisure, visits and work.
As the focus of this module is on communication skills, a large proportion of the course will be based on oral work speaking in groups and pairs in a variety of question-and-answer and role-play exercises. But you will also develop your reading and writing skills in French. The course book gives basic outline and structure to your learning, and will be supplemented by other materials. There will also be the opportunity to practise and reinforce vocabulary and language structures by using computer exercises in the KLE, linked to the weekly classes.
The language level of this module corresponds to work leading to Level A1 of the European Common Framework for Languages (CEFR -A1).

To equip students who have no prior knowledge of French with basic language skills and introduce them to aspects of French culture. The module also aims to introduce students to general language learning strategies.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Fill in forms with personal details, for example entering their name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form. will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
Understand familiar names and phrases, for example on notices and posters. will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
Use simple phrases and sentences to describe themselves and people they know. will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2, 3
Understand familiar words, basic phrases and sentences concerning themselves and their family and friends when people speak slowly and clearly. will be achieved by assessments: 1, 3, 4
Interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat things at a slower rate of speech and help them formulate what they are trying to say. will be achieved by assessments: 1,3
Ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need. will be achieved by assessments: 3, 4
Recognize and act upon cultural differences encountered in everyday situations and demonstrate knowledge of common traditions in the French speaking world. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3
Develop and reflect upon strategies for successful language learning. will be achieved by assessments: 1

Study hours

22 hours contact time
44 hours completion of course work tasks (KLE and other exercises)
54 hours class revision and private study
22 hours revision for and completion of written exam and listening exam
8 hours preparation for and attendance at oral exam

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Coursework weighted 20%
Coursework documenting student's progress
The course work mark will comprise of formative and summative assessments completed during the course such as vocabulary exercises, written-up role-play dialogues, KLE tasks, listening and reading comprehension exercises, grammar exercises, very simple translations and written-up self-directed learning tasks. Students will also be required to complete a reflective study diary.

2: Unseen Exam weighted 40%
1-hour written examination
Examination testing writing and reading skills and the command of active and passive vocabulary from the topic areas studied.

3: Oral Exam weighted 20%
Oral examination
One or two short oral tests, including tasks such as question and answer, role play, or presentation.

4: Listening Comprehension weighted 20%
30-minute Listening tasks