ULFR20010 - Intermediate French

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: Successful completion of ULFR20110 (or ULFR10010 depending on results) or a good pass GCSE (A*, A or B) if taken within the last 3 years.
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May).
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course

Description

This course aims to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing French. It lays emphasis on communication and comprehension skills but also builds on the grammar base acquired in elementary courses. Topics covered earlier will be revised and extended and new themes introduced which will develop your understanding of the society and culture of contemporary France.

Students will be expected to practise all skills outside the classroom, using the resources in 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 the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters; and understand the main points of short, clear radio or TV programmes which deal with current affairs or topics of personal interest;
  2. understand texts using fairly high frequency, everyday or job-related language;
  3. intervene in a conversation if it deals with familiar topics;
  4. express, in brief oral exchanges, an opinion or ambition and to give short explanations for these; explain, briefly, a succession of events or to give information of an event;
  5. write simple, connected texts on familiar topics or topics of personal interest.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

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

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Assessment

  • Semester one: One written test (Reading & Writing) 25%, submitted online in the last week of semester 1; one dossier (10%), to be submitted online in the last week of semester 1.
  • Semester two: One written test (25%), one aural (10%), one oral test (20%), one dossier mark (10%). Listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break; dossier is to be submitted in the week before the Easter break; oral and written assessments will be scheduled during weeks 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

Annie Morton

Taught by

see timetables

Maximum entry

22 per group

Set texts

  • Nouveau Rond-Point: Livre de l'élève & CD-Audio 2 (B1),J. Labascoule (Difusion Centro de Investigacion y Publicaciones de Idiomas, 2011), ISBN: 978-8484436959;
  • Nouveau Rond-Point: Cahier D'Exercices & CD-Audio 2 (B1),J. Labascoule (Difusion Centro de Investigacion y Publicaciones de Idiomas, 2011), ISBN: 978-8484436966

Recommended texts

  • Action Grammaire, New Advanced French Grammar, G. G. Vandale and P. Turk (Hodder and Stoughton: 2006), ISBN: 0340915242
  • Grammaire progressive du français (Nouvelle Edition: Livre Intermediaire 3e Edition + Cd-audio + Livre-web, intermédiaire), M. Grégoire & O. Thièvenaz (Clé International, 2013), ISBN: 9782090381245

Pathway

ULFR20020 Advanced French 1