Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
French 9 or equivalent (e.g. A level 7-9/A-A*, CEFR level B2)
This course is designed for students with very advanced French language skills (French 9, A-level grade 7-9/A-A* or equivalent: CEFR level B2) and will focus on systematically enhancing all four skills, whilst studying topics of relevance to modern day French speaking countries and societies.The course will be mainly based on authentic French texts and audio-visual materials such as films and online materials, which will be exploited in class and self-study time. By the end of the module, you will be able to handle a variety of complex French sources, including newspaper articles and fictional texts, conduct your own searches of French/Francophone websites and read and discuss factual and fictional texts with some confidence.Feedback on formative and summative assessments will be provided at regular intervals and emphasis will be placed on enabling you to become an efficient independent language learner after completion of the course.The language level of this module corresponds to B2 work leading to Level B2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR - B2+).
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/fre-90010/lists
The module aims to consolidate and enhance existing French language skills and knowledge of issues relevant to contemporary French and Francophone speaking countries and societies.The module will also focus on students' ability to become efficient independent language learners.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Understand extended speech and follow complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar: 1,3Interpret, summarise and extract key information from long and complex articles, reports and fictional texts in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints: 1,2Interact and take an active part in discussion about familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining different views: 3Write clear, coherent texts on topics which are familiar, of personal interest, describing experiences and impressions or expressing points of view.: 1,2Recognise and use different complex linguistic structures in the target language and compare them to the English language: 1,2,3Demonstrate awareness and discuss contemporary issues with reference to the cultural context of French speaking countries.: 1,2,3
22 hours of contact time in class. 40 hours assessment preparation and completion. 88 hours guided independent study.
Admission to the module must be confirmed through completion of a language level self-assessment formStudents are only allowed to take one French module per semester.
1: Online Tasks weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
Online tasksStudents will complete a series of online exercises to assess their reading comprehension, grammar and writing skills in the target language.2: Class Test weighted 20%
Class TestStudents will complete an in-class test which may include writing a short text in the target language in class.3: Oral Exam weighted 50%
Spoken interaction assessmentA 15-20 minute spoken interaction assessment to test speaking (productive), listening (receptive) and conversation (interaction) skills. Task may include presentation, role play, description or similar and question and answer. If assessments are organised in pairs or groups individual marks will be awarded to each student.