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ULFR30021 / ULFR30022 - Introductory French (A1.1+) - Enhanced

  • Credits: 10
  • Level: 3
  • Pre-requisite: None
  • Co-requisite: This enhanced level is open to final year students only, but not students following Honours courses in French
  • Taught during: ULFR30021 in semester one only, ULFR30022 in semester two. Note that ULFR30022 is NOT a continuation of ULFR30021, but a repeat. In semester one, teaching will take place during reading week (week 6, w/c 31 October 2016)
  • Timetable: Timetable (This course follows the same timetable as ULFR10021/ULFR10022)

Description

This course is designed for students who wish to move quickly through the fundamentals of French grammar while developing some basic communicative skills. It aims to teach students simple structures and lexis which will enable them to communicate effectively in a range of situations in a French-speaking country. Students will be expected to use the range of resources available to them in the Language Centre and to communicate with native speakers wherever possible, in order to develop cultural competence. This is an enhanced course unit for level 3, so students are also expected to complete a number of independent learning tasks and submit this work in the form of an assessed dossier - three tasks.

Learning outcomes

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

  • handle some of the basic grammatical structures of French;
  • communicate orally and in written form in a limited number of social occasions.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1.1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week

Language of teaching

English and the target language

Assessment

One written test (40%), one oral (35%) and one aural test (25%).The written and aural tests will take place in week 11, the oral test in week 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.

Convenor

Nathalie Caillaud

Taught by

see timetables

Maximum entry

25 per group

Set texts

  • Talk French (Book and CD)
  • I. Fournier (BBC Active: 2014), ISBN: 978-1406679007

Recommended texts

Talk French Grammar, S. Purcell (BBC Active: 2014), ISBN: 978-1406679113.

Pathway

None

Employability

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.