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French Language and Cultures: Intermediate - LFA00226L

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: F
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This course is aimed at students who already have a good level of competence in French, i.e. students who have completed the LFA Lower Intermediate course or their AS in French (or equivalent). The module will take students to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), in the understanding and use of written and spoken French.

Related modules

AS in French or successful completion of the module French Language and Culture: Lower Intermediate or equivalent.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25
B Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

This module will steadily build the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to communicate and interact in French over the course of a semester. It will focus on developing a communicative competence at intermediate level, to about B1 level standard of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Students will engage, individually and/or in groups, in communicative activities and tasks emphasising three modes of communication:

  1. reception activities (oral, audio-video and reading comprehension);

  2. production activities (oral and written production);

  3. interaction activities (oral, written and online interaction).

The mediums of instruction are English and French.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • understand straightforward factual, authentic texts with a satisfactory level of comprehension

  • produce short, complex texts on topics of interest and express and justify their opinion.

  • summarise, report and give their opinion about factual information

  • fill in forms and write emails, short letters and brief accounts of events in French with a reasonable level of accuracy

  • express personal opinions and exchange information on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events)

  • cope appropriately with most unexpected situations, problems and negotiations in French

  • generally respond appropriately to the most commonly used cultural cues to discuss in appropriate terms different perceptions of culturally determined actions.

Module content

The course will include topics such as:

  • the past (one's family’s past & origins), migrations and diasporas, happiness and personal development

  • traditions and festivities (incl. in La Réunion); cultural faux-pas, storytelling (its role and power then and now)

  • languages: indigenous languages, one's mother tongue(s), foreign languages, “dead” languages, regional languages, their origins/ borrowings; loanwords, Esperanto

  • Performing arts (street festivals, the circus, theatre etc) and cinema

  • the Web: its uses, selfies, apps, social media, YouTubers, hashtivism; the digital divide, digital illiteracy

  • the media (its uses, its dangers); infobesity (information overload), infoxication, fake news; advertising (its uses, its dangers- incl. sexist advertising)

  • the endangered planet: throw-away behaviours vs recycling; climate change and its impacts; ecological/environmental citizenship

  • inequalities and protest movements; incivility and complaining about uncivil behaviour

  • human/ political rights, equality: sexism, racism, helping others


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
French Language and Cultures: Intermediate
2 hours 60
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
French Language and Cultures: Intermediate: Oral Exam
N/A 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
French Language and Cultures: Intermediate
2 hours 60
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
French Language and Cultures: Intermediate: Oral Exam
N/A 40

Module feedback

Students’ performance will be monitored through formative work throughout the semester and assessed via end of semester exams.

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Formative tasks done individually or in groups throughout the module

  • Feedback will include written comments for written formative work

  • Oral feedback during class discussions.

Summative assessment and feedback

Students will be given written feedback and marks for their work within the University mandated schedule.

Indicative reading

Further course materials and guided readings will be provided by the module convenors via the VLE at the start of the semester.

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.