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Ab initio French Language & Society - LAN00048C

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Cathy Dantec
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module summary

This module introduces students in the society and culture of French speaking countries using increasingly French language in the classroom. The module also lays the foundation for the development of academic skills.

Related modules

This module is to be taken together with the two other new Ab initio French modules (Ab initio French Language Skills & Ab initio French Grammar).

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module introduces some aspects of the society and culture of French speaking countries. The emphasis will be on developing your communicative skills and your ability to engage with cultural, social, political and historical topics. The programme is intended to develop language proficiency, consolidate and expand written and oral skills in order for you to achieve accurate and idiomatic expression. This module will lay the groundwork to more advanced study of French language and society at levels I and H.

Module learning outcomes

After satisfactorily completing the course you should be able to demonstrate:

Increased fluency and accuracy in spoken French

Increased accuracy and sophistication in the production of a variety of written French texts

Improved aural language comprehension

An insight into certain aspects of the society and culture of French speaking countries


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 40
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Group/Pair Presentation
N/A 60

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Formative exercises will be assigned on a weekly basis.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 40
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Group/Pair Presentation
N/A 60

Module feedback

Formative feedback

Written comments and mark on University scale given to individual students for practice essays, with opportunity for individual consultation.

Formative Written work will be returned within 2 weeks.

Model answers may be given for class exercises with class discussion of difficulties.

Oral commentary and dialogue within class on oral and written work. Given immediately both to individuals and to the group.

Oral commentary and dialogue on seminar presentation, written feedback sheet given to the individual presenter following the seminar.

Feedback on summative assessments

There are two components to the final assessment:

Coursework, due in week 1 of Term 3

Oral pair or group presentation in Term 3

Written feedback to be provided within 20 working days.

Indicative reading

Teaching materials will be supplied by the tutor at the start of the course, as will bibliographical references when necessary.

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.