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ULFR20030 - Further French

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: ULFR20020, or A-level French or equivalent.
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in French
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • TimetableTimetable for the course


This course aims to further develop linguistic skills in the language for those who have either obtained an A-level or who have successfully completed ULFR20020 or equivalent. It lays emphasis on speaking and listening skills, but equally places a strong emphasis on grammar and accuracy. Students will be expected to practise all skills outside the classroom, using the resources of the Language Centre and, where possible, the Face to Face scheme (enquire at the Language Centre library reception) or the face-to-face e-Tandem/Skype programme with French native speakers abroad (ask your tutor). The course also serves as preparation for the French Ministry of Education Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française - Niveau B2 (DELF B2) should students wish to sit for this internationally recognized qualification.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. understand extended speech, lectures, films and TV programmes without too much effort;
  2. understand long and complex texts and specialised articles in a different field from one's own;
  3. interact with native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity and take an active part in discussion;
  4. give a presentation on a reasonably complex subject;
  5. write letters, reports and essays in a clear and well structured way, tailoring the style appropriately.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B2+ of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Information handling, IT skills, cultural appreciation, language awareness, discussion, formal presentations.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, three hours per week


  • Semester one: One written test (20%), one presentation (10%), one dossier mark (10%). Oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 10, 11 and 12.
  • Semester two: One written test (20%), one aural (15%), one oral test (15%), one dossier mark (10%). Listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break (normally week 7 or 8); oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 10, 11 and 12.

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of

  • informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities;
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Nathalie Caillaud

Taught by

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Maximum entry

25 per group

Set texts

Forum 3 - Livre de l'élève, Nouvelle édition, J.-T. Le Bougnec et al. (Hachette: 2006), ISBN: 2011554489

Recommended texts


ULFR30030 Advanced French, or ULFR30360 -  , or ULTL20011 Tandem French.


Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.