FRE-90009 - French 9
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

International Business Combined Honours (Level 6)
Law Single Honours (Level 6)
Management (International Business) Single Honours (Level 6)

Available as a Free Standing Elective





French 8 or equivalent (e.g. A-level grade B or above)

Barred Combinations

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

Description for 2019/20

This is a French post-advanced course designed for students who have a very good familiarity with the language and will develop their communication skills in French in everyday situations as well as in more complex contexts, in particular in developing arguments and discussions around 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 very 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. You will be able to summarize French texts in French and to develop your skills at essay writing in French. You will become more fluent in making an oral presentation in French and in the use of French online resources.
In French 9, we continue from French 8 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 like the media, politics or technology. 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.
The language level of this module corresponds to work leading to Level C1 of the European Common Framework for Languages (CEFR -C1).

The course follows on from French 8, assuming a corresponding level of competence and consolidates the skills acquired at that level.
Students will continue to develop their comprehension and compositional skills through exposure to texts dealing with intellectually stimulating topics, such as $łWomen in politics&© or $łThe role of the press&© but without neglecting more practical skills like writing CVs or making job applications.
Students will also be encouraged to work independently on their oral and aural skills by viewing and discussing live or online French TV programmes.
The course aims to build on the knowledge and skills acquired in French 8, through exposure to materials of a more formal nature.
It aims to provide students with:
1. Mastery of the main areas of French grammar.
2. The ability to understand texts with an intellectual content written in formal French.
3. The ability to summarize such texts in correct French.
4. The ability to translate such texts from and into French.
5. The ability to compose French in the same formal register.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

understand extended speech and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. will be achieved by assessments: 1,3,4
understand long and complex factual and/or fictional texts. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
express themselves fluently, accounting for and sustaining their views, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options on topical issues. will be achieved by assessments: 1,3
express themselves in clear, well structured writing, expressing points of view at some length. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
demonstrate accurate usage of the language with regard to register, vocabulary, grammar and style. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3
discuss contemporary issues with reference to the cultural context of French speaking countries will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3
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

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 will comprise of tasks such as vocabulary exercises, written-up role-play dialogues, KLE tasks, listening and reading comprehension exercises, grammar exercises, translations and written-up self-directed learning tasks and class participation. Students will also be required to complete a reflective study diary.

2: Unseen Exam weighted 40%
1-hour written examination
A 1-hour written examination consisting of an essay in French and a summary in French.

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