FRE-90010 - French 10
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 9 or equivalent (e.g. A-level grade A, CEFR grade B2)

Barred Combinations

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

Description for 2019/20

This is a French post-advanced course for those who have a very good familiarity with the language.
The course is designed for students with an excellent 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 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 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 10, we continue from French 9 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.
The language level of this module corresponds to work leading to Level C1 in the European Common Framework for Languages (CEFR -C1).

The course follows on from French 9, and assumes 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 $¨immigration in France&ę or $¨France and Europe &ę, but without neglecting more practical skills like writing formal letters, including lettres de motivation.
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 9, 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 most films in standard dialect. will be achieved by assessments: 1,4
understand specialised articles. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. will be achieved by assessments: 1,3
present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3
write an essay or report, passing on information and giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view. 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

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 students 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, very simple translations and 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
An essay and summary in French of a French text.

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