FRE-90008 - French 8
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





French 7 or equivalent (e.g. AS-level grade A, A-level grade C or above)

Barred Combinations

Students are only allowed to take one French module per semester.

Description for 2019/20

The course is designed for students with an advanced knowledge of French and will develop their advanced communication skills in French in everyday situations as well as in more complex contexts, in particular in discussing a range of topical issues in French or understanding contemporary France.
By the end of this course you be able to understand extended vocabulary and complex phrases concerning a French speaking environment. You will understand complex sentences, for example those used in French speaking media. You will be able to interact in a more elaborate way with French people. You will be able to ask and answer a range of questions on familiar topics and discuss issues of contemporary France. You will be able to use complex phrases and sentences to describe your everyday life and life in your country. You will be able to write texts in French on a range of issues in the French speaking world.
In French 8, we continue from French 7 and you will both consolidate the skills you have acquired at that level and build on them by moving beyond the situations of everyday life to more challenging (and stimulating) topics. You will extend your vocabulary base and be introduced to the more complex grammatical structures characteristic of formal, written French.
We will make an extensive use of French resources available on the Internet to consolidate vocabulary, grammatical structures and themes dealt with in class.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will reach level B2 of the Common European Language Framework (CEFR - B2)

This module aims to
- build on students' existing knowledge of French and consolidate all areas of grammar, while at the same time expanding the vocabulary base
- 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 some TV news and current affairs programmes. will be achieved by assessments: 1,4
understand contemporary literary prose. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts. will be achieved by assessments: 1,3
present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to their field of interest. will be achieved by assessments: 1,3
write clear text, expressing points of view. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
demonstrate very accurate usage of the language with regard to register, vocabulary, grammar and style. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3
understand and discuss with reference to sources a variety of cultural issues that have shaped contemporary France and the French speaking world. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3
exploit resources to research topics (online newspapers, French webpages, current affairs programmes etc) will be achieved by assessments: 1
reflect on their language learning process and deploy language learning strategies appropriate to their level of competence will be achieved by assessments: 1

Study hours

24 hours contact time
44 hours completion of course work tasks (KLE and other exercises)
54 hours class revision and private study
20 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 will comprise of tasks such as vocabulary exercises, written-up role-play dialogues, KLE tasks, listening and reading comprehension exercises, grammar exercises, translations, 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
a 1-hour exam testing reading and writing skills

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

4: Listening Comprehension weighted 20%
30 minute listening test
A 30 minute listening comprehension test based on authentic material