ULFR30030 - Advanced French

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 3
  • Pre-requisite: Good level of spoken and written French A-Level plus one year or equivalent Common European Framework B2+/C1 linguistic ability, or ULFR20030, or ULFR20360, or 21010
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in French
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • TimetableTimetable for the course


This course is aimed at advanced learners who wish to further develop the four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) for academic and recreational purposes while sharing and expanding their knowledge of contemporary France. The course also serves as preparation for the French Ministry of Education Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française - Niveau C1 (DALF C1) should students wish to sit for this internationally recognised qualification.

Activities done in class and/or prepared at home lay emphasis on linguistic accuracy and variety. Taking into account the needs and interests of the class, some of these activities encourage personal spontaneity and others more controlled and accurate use of the language. They include:

  • the study and use of contemporary vocabulary, advanced grammar and styles as related to genres and registers encountered in current affair medias, modern literature, films and songs, and academic production;
  • weekly practice of listening skills through comprehension exercises based on up-to-date news broadcasts, films and conference abstracts;
  • the exploration and guided discussion in small groups of social, political and cultural issues in contemporary France based on the above listening exercises, sets of press articles given in advance by the tutor and/or personal research; and
  • the regular production of writing tasks based on DALF C1 techniques (synthesis, argumentative essay, etc.) for individual feedback.

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 Tandem/Skype programme with French native speakers abroad (ask your tutor).

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have developed a knowledge of:

  1. various aspects of French contemporary life and the French perspective on major world events; 
  2. topic-specific vocabulary;
  3. social and rhetorical language variation; 
  4. oral and written discursive techniques; and 
  5. translation, as product and process.

Students will also be able: 

  1. produce grammatically correct French in a variety of controlled or creative contexts, both spoken and written;
  2. understand spoken and written French with greater confidence and ease; 
  3. express views and opinions and discover those of others; and 
  4. persuade others.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level C1/C1+ of the Common European Framework.

Students who complete this course with satisfactory attendance and with a minimum mark of 60% will be given a UNILANG certificate of recognition.

Transferable skills

Presenting information and defending an argument; essay and creative writing, analysis, cultural awareness, IT skills.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, three hours per week



  • Semester one:
    • one in-class reading comprehension and synthèse task in week 12 (25%)
  • Semester 2:
    • one in-class listening comprehension test in the week before the Easter Break (20%)
    • one in-class reading comprehension and argumentative essay in week 11 (30%)
    • one-to-one oral presentation in week 12 (25%)

Language of assessment


Nature and timing of feedback

Coursework assignments and in-class oral tasks:

  • Individual written comments, plus individual oral feedback, within two weeks of submission for written work. Global feedback is delivered orally in class.

Summative tests in class:

  • Written comments on individual performance and global feedback (delivered orally in class), within two weeks of submission.


Gaelle Flower

Taught by

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Maximum entry

18 per group

Set texts

Alter Ego 5: Méthode de Français C1-C2, M. Guilloux (Hachette, 2010), ISBN: 978-2011557971.

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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.