This module develops students' language proficiency as well as introducing them to the study of French culture and society.
Module will run
Autumn Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22
This module is intended:
to develop your language proficiency,
to consolidate and expand your written and oral skills in order to achieve accurate and idiomatic expression and sound comprehension of oral/aural material,
to allow you to build and practice key academic skills,
to foster your effective collaboration with others.
This module will also lay the groundwork for the more advanced study of French at Levels I and H.
Module learning outcomes
Satisfactory completion of the course should enable you to:
be able to understand and discuss contemporary written and aural authentic materials and have some understanding of the social, cultural and institutional references they contain,
present and defend a point of view in accurate, fluent and idiomatic French in the context of exposés and debates,
achieve a good degree of accuracy in the production of written assignments in French,
apply independent language-learning skills,
collaborate in a professional manner.
The medium of instruction is French.
All the lessons are conducted as seminars in order to encourage discussion and interaction. The classes cover a range of themes related to French language and culture.
This module also includes a guided independent study strand, the LINC (Learning Independently and Collaboratively) project, which has been carefully designed to facilitate students' transition from A-level to university study. This project establishes the foundations for effective language learning on our programme. Students are allocated to a group and assigned a project supervisor. Over the course of the first and second terms, students complete a series of individual and collaborative tasks designed to familiarise them with the norms of academic writing, to build and practice key academic skills, to acquire appropriate language learning strategies and to collaborate professionally.
% of module mark
Essay/coursework LINC Project
Online Exam - 24 hrs (Centrally scheduled) French Language & Society I
Oral presentation/seminar/exam Oral Exam
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
Online Exam - 24 hrs (Centrally scheduled) Reassessment: French Language and Society I
Oral commentary and dialogue within class on oral and written language work. Given immediately both to individuals and to group.
Oral commentary and dialogue on seminar presentation, given to the individual presenter following the seminar.
Written comments and mark on University scale given to individual students for formative written work, with opportunity for individual consultation.
Model answers may be given for class exercise/ past exam papers, with class discussion on difficulties encountered.
Written and oral feedback on the LINC project throughout the year.
Individuals will be given a feedback sheet for the oral examination, and will be allowed to see their exam paper with comments, under supervision, at an appointed date after the external examiner has reviewed the papers.
Individuals will be given written and oral feedback on their LINC project upon its completion.
Individuals will be allowed to see their exam paper with comments, under supervision, at an appointed date after the external examiner has reviewed the papers.
Teaching materials will be supplied during the course, as will bibliographical references when necessary.