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ULFR20020 - Post-intermediate French

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: A good pass AS level French or equivalent, or ULFR20010
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in French
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • TimetableTimetable for the course

Description

This course aims to further develop reading, speaking, writing and listening skills practised in ULFR20010. It emphasises communication and comprehension, but also builds on the grammar base acquired in previous courses. Class tests and assignments ensure that you keep abreast of your work and consolidate and review earlier material.

You 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 B1 (DELF B1) 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, most TV news programmes and many films;
  2. read articles about contemporary problems which put forward arguments and different points of view;
  3. speak with some fluency and spontaneity and take an active part in discussions;
  4. give a presentation on a specialist subject, outlining advantages and disadvantages of particular cases;
  5. write essays, reports and letters, putting forward personal points of view.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1+/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

Assessment

  • 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.

Convenor

Nathalie Caillaud

Taught by

See timetables

Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

  • Le Nouvel Edito: Livre De L'Eleve B1 + CD + DVD, ISBN: 978-2278072699; 
  • Le Nouvel Edito: Cahier B1, ISBN: 978-2278072804.

Recommended texts

Help yourself to advanced French Grammar, M. Ribière and T. Marriot, Harrap (1998). ISBN: 0582329450.

Pathway

ULFR20030 Further French, or ULFR20360 Further Business French.

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.