FRE-90007 - French 7
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 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective





French 6 or equivalent (e.g. AS-level grade B, A level grade D or lower, CEF level B1)

Barred Combinations

Description for 2022/23

This module is designed for students who have completed French 6 (or equivalent) and will develop communication skills in everyday situations as well as more complex contexts. In the target language the student will develop arguments and discussions around a range of topical issues, and understanding contemporary France. These competences are further developed and built upon by moving beyond the situations of everyday life to more challenging topics (eg media and politics) and will introduce a more complex grammatical structure characteristic of formal written French. Extensive use is made of French resources available on the internet to consolidate vocabulary, grammatical structures and themes dealt with in class.

The language level of this module corresponds to work leading to Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR- B2).

This module aims to build on students' existing knowledge of French and will consolidate all areas of grammar, while at the same time expanding their vocabulary base. It will:
- enable students to confidently discuss various aspects of contemporary French society, such as education and social and political questions.
- enable communication, in both written and oral mode, in more formal areas of French.
- develop the student's ability to engage with a wide range of situations of everyday life in a French speaking context as well as to gain a more in depth understanding of French culture and society.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

understand extended speech and lectures: 1,2
interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible: 1
present clear descriptions on a wide range of subjects: 1,2
write clear text, expressing points of view: 2
demonstrate accurate usage of the language with regard to register, vocabulary and grammar: 1,2
understand and discuss a variety of cultural issues that have shaped contemporary France: 1
exploit resources to research topics (newspapers, French webpages etc): 2
read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints: 2

Study hours

20 hours of synchronous and asynchronous class time
100 hours class preparation and revision and private study
22 hours revision for and completion of written exam
8 hours preparation for and attendance at spoken interaction exam

School Rules

Admission to the module must be confirmed through completion of a language level self-assessment form
Students are only allowed to take one French module per semester.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Oral Exam weighted 50%
Spoken interaction assessment
A 8-10 minute spoken interaction assessment to test speaking (productive) and listening (receptive) skills. Task may include role play, presentation, question and answer, description and similar. If assessments are organised in pairs or groups individual marks will be awarded to each student and the total time allowed will be 5-6 minutes per student.

2: Exam weighted 50%
1 hour reading/writing exam
Examination testing writing and reading skills and the command of active and passive vocabulary from the topic areas studied.