French Language & Society I - LAN00003C

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Sandrine Devlin
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

This module develops students' language proficiency as well as introducing them to the study of French culture and society.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

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.

Module content

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.

 

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
LINC Project
N/A 40
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral Exam
N/A 30
University - closed examination
French Language & Society I
2 hours 30

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Reassessment: Oral Exam
N/A 40
University - closed examination
Reassessment: French Language and Society I
3 hours 60

Module feedback

Formative

  • 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.

Summative

  • 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.

 

Indicative reading

Teaching materials will be supplied during the course, as will bibliographical references when necessary.



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