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ULFR20110 - Pre-intermediate French

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: GCSE grade C or lower, or a taken over 5 years ago if grade A or B, or equivalent.
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in French
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course

Description

This course is designed for students who have completed a Beginners' course but who do not feel confident enough to proceed directly to Intermediate Level or who would like more time to consolidate material introduced earlier. It is most probable that these will be part-time students or those from non-European language backgrounds. The course also serves as preparation for the French Ministry of Education Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française - Niveau A2 (DELF A2) 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 texts using high frequency everyday language;
  2. the ability to read short, simple texts with specific information and simple personal letters;
  3. the ability to communicate orally in simple, routine situations and handle short social exchanges about familiar topics;
  4. the ability to write a short personal letter or text about familiar subjects.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2/A2+ of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Active listening; skimming and scanning texts; presentation skills; extracting and processing information; intercultural competence.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week

Language of teaching

English and the target language

Assessment

Four pieces of assessed work as follows

  • Semester one: Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. Assessment will normally take place during week 12.
  • Semester two: Oral 20%; Listening 20%; Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. . 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

22 per group

Set texts

Latitudes 1: Livre de l’élève 1 & CD-audio: Methode De Francais A1/A2,R. Mérieux and Y. Loiseau (Didier Editions, 2008), ISBN: 978-2278062492.Latitudes 1: Cahier d'exercices Version Anglophone: Methode De Francais A1/A2, R. Mérieux and Y. Loiseau (Didier Editions, 2009), ISBN: 978-2278062898

Recommended texts

None

Pathway

ULFR20010 Intermediate French