Intensive Initial French 1

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 06 October 2022
Friday 16 December 2022
23 March 2022


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Module description

French Intensive Initial 1 is an interactive, intensive language module using blended-learning strategies to allow fast-paced progress through the French language and French-speaking world. There is a dual focus on communicative and structural aspects of the language. Language learning is supported by an online guided independent study program and extended by multimedia activities.
The module is designed for students with no or little knowledge of French. The aim of the module, in correlation with French Intensive Initial 2 in the Spring Term, is to enable students to attain a level of French equivalent to an A level by completing it with a summer course in France. Students will then reach an intermediate exit level B1 (equivalent to LA130); without attending the course in France the exit level will be elementary A2 (equivalent to LA120).
It is the compulsory path for those students with no knowledge of French who intend to take the study of the language to a Proficiency or Mastery level in their final year. This module can also be taken as an outside option.

Module aims

The main aim of Intensive Initial French 1 is to help students acquire the basic linguistic skills needed to cope with a visit to French-speaking countries. By the end of the term, students should also have acquired some general background knowledge of particular aspects of life and culture in the present-day French-speaking world.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to
1. devise/ take part in a dialogue in the context of a range of everyday situations;
2. do a short, oral presentation in French in the form of a role play with a partner;
3. carry out listening and reading comprehension tasks;
4. carry out various writing tasks (e.g. short descriptions and narratives, simple letters, email messages, postcards), making pertinent lexical and grammatical choices.

Module information

Students with no prior or little knowledge of French who will take the study of French to a Proficiency or Mastery level in their final year, must complete this module in the Autumn term, as well as French Intensive Initial 2 (LA122) in the Spring term as well as a compulsory four-week summer course in France after completing LA122. Students will then reach an intermediate exit level B1 (equivalent to LA130).
Where the summer course is compulsory to allow a student's progression to Proficiency or Mastery level in their final year, the tuition fees are paid by the department, while the student is responsible for the cost of travel and accommodation.

Learning and teaching methods

There are five weekly contact hours, including one hour in a PC lab, to provide students with opportunities to progress through the structural aspects of the language at their own pace. Class time is dedicated to the introduction of new concepts and focuses on creating practice opportunities for the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Students are expected to attend all sessions and to complete some relevant practical tasks for each session.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Quiz 1    30% 
Coursework   Quiz 2    40% 
Coursework   Role Play    30% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Laetitia Vedrenne, email:
Dr Laetitia Vedrenne
Dr Laetitia Vedrenne Tel: 01206 872114, Email: Office: 4.219



External examiner

Ms Laurence Richard
University of Southampton
Director Centre for Language Study
Available via Moodle
Of 70 hours, 69 (98.6%) hours available to students:
1 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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