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French Grammar I - LAN00006C

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Geraldine Enjelvin
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring advanced grammar structures in a communicative context.

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

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

Module aims

This module is an introductory undergraduate level course in French grammar.

Module learning outcomes

After satisfactorily completing the module, students should be able to show:

• an increased understanding of the structures of the French language;

• the ability to analyse grammatical points, understand and produce them in context;

• an increased awareness, acquired through revision, practice and intensive self-study, of the use of the grammatical structures used in spoken and written French and of grammar-related issues of particular note in French.


Additionally, students should have developed/ enhanced the following employability skills:

  • general communication
  • general ICT skills
  • general self- and time-management (organising one’s studies)
  • team work
  • social and intercultural awareness

Module content

All the lessons are conducted as seminars in order to encourage discussion and interaction.
The two hours of contact time will be devoted to a presentation of some key aspects of French grammar and syntax, as well as the completion of related off-line and online exercises (from the workbook and/or other resources).

The medium of instruction is French.

Regular self-study (in the library and/or at home) will be required: students are expected to work on their grammar skills via the completion of exercises, from the workbook and/or other materials available on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
The VLE provides explanations and answers to key exercises, allowing students to organise their self-study more efficiently and concentrate on their particular needs.


Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
French Grammar (paper 1)
1 hours 30
University - closed examination
French Grammar (paper 2)
2 hours 70

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Reassessment: French Grammar
2 hours 100

Module feedback

Feedback on formative assessment

• Oral commentary and dialogue within class on grammar exercises given immediately both to individuals and whole class.

• Online answers provided with all VLE tasks.

• Model answers may be given for class exercises/ past exam papers, with class discussion of difficulties.

Feedback on summative assessment 

This module complies with the University's Policy on assessment feedback turnaround time

• Individuals will be allowed to see their exam papers with comments, under supervision, at an appointed date after the external examiner has reviewed the papers (= sight of scripts)


Indicative reading

Workbook to be purchased:

Hawkins, R. & Towell, R. & Lamy, M-N. (2015). Practising French Grammar (4th edition). London: Routledge.

Recommended textbook (for reference only):

Hawkins, R. & Towell, R. (2015). French Grammar and Usage (4th edition). London: Routledge.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

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