Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22
Available as a Free Standing Elective
French 8 or equivalent (e.g. A level B, CEF level B2)
This module is designed for students with advanced French language abilities who have completed French 8 (or equivalent). This module 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. The language level of this module corresponds to work leading to Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR - C1).
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/fre-90009/lists
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 'Women in politics' or 'The 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.
Intended Learning Outcomes
understand extended speech and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar: 1express themselves fluently, accounting for and sustaining their views, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options on topical issues: 1,2express themselves in clear, well structured writing, expressing points of view at some length: 1,2demonstrate accurate usage of the language with regard to register, vocabulary, grammar and style: 1,2discuss contemporary issues with reference to the cultural context of French speaking countries: 1,2understand long and complex factual and/or fictional texts: 1,2
20 hours of synchronous and asynchronous class time 100 hours class preparation and revision and private study22 hours revision for and completion of written exam 8 hours preparation for and attendance at spoken interaction exam
Admission to the module must be confirmed through completion of a language level self-assessment formStudents are only permitted to take one French module per semester.
1: Oral Exam weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Spoken interaction assessmentA 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 examExamination testing writing and reading skills and the command of active and passive vocabulary from the topic areas studied.