Intensive Initial French 2

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
04 October 2018


Requisites for this module



Key module for


Module description

Module Description

French Intensive Initial 2 is an interactive, intensive language module using blended-learning strategies to allow fast-paced progress through the French language and French-speaking world. It is a reinforcement and continuation of LA121, French Intensive Initial 1. It is a practical module which makes use of a wide range of authentic materials depicting real-life situations and activities.
The aim of the module 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 reach an intermediate exit level B1 (equivalent to LA130); without attending the course in France your 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

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 an individual oral presentation in French to express feelings, opinions and belief;
3. carry out listening and reading comprehension tasks;
4. carry out various writing tasks (e.g. more extensive descriptions and narratives, reference to past experience and events, make present and future plans), making pertinent lexical and grammatical choices.

Module information

Summer language course abroad
Students who take this intensive language module as part of their degree programme in their first year and need to carry on with the language of their intensive module in order to reach level 5 or above in the final year of their degree programme must take an approved language course abroad in the summer vacation (four weeks) in order to be able to access level 4 modules (LA140 Advanced Level French) in the following year: for such students the tuition fee for the course abroad will be paid by the University with the remainder of the expenses paid by the students themselves. For any other students wishing to take part in the summer language course all expenses will be incurred by the student. Students who do not need to reach level 5 or 6 in their final year in the language of their intensive modules and who do not take the approved course abroad can continue with LA130 Higher Intermediate French on successful completion of the intensive module.

Learning and teaching methods

There are four 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 will be expected to attend all sessions and to complete some relevant practical tasks for each session.


  • (Sunday, 18 Oct 2015) La Vie en Rose (2007): BBC2 England.
  • (Monday, 6 Aug 2001) A Self-Made Hero (1996): Channel 4.
  • Chahi, Fatiha; Denyer, Monique; Gloanec, Audrey; Briet, Geneviève; Neuenschwander, Valérie; Fouillet, Raphaële. (2018) Défi 1: A1: Méthode de français, Paris: Éditions Maison des langues.
  • (Monday, 6 Apr 2009) Read My Lips (2001): BBC4.
  • Biras, Pascal; Denyer, Monique; Gloanec, Audrey; Witta, Stéphanie; Briet, Geneviève; Collige-Neuenschwander, Valérie; Fouillet, Raphaële. (©2018) Défi 2: méthode de français, A2: Livre de l'élève + CD, [Barcelona]: Difusión, Centre de Recherche et de Publications de Langues.

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 Weighting
Coursework   Test 1 - Moodle    37.5% 
Coursework   Test 2 - Moodle    37.5% 
Coursework   Role Play    25% 

Overall assessment

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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Laetitia Vedrenne, email:
Dr Laetitia Vedrenne
Dr Laetitia Vedrenne Office: 4.219 Telephone: 01206 872114 Email: lmvedr



External examiner

Mr David Henri Pascal Tual
The University of Cambridge
Director of the Language Unit
Available via Moodle
Of 318 hours, 69 (21.7%) hours available to students:
249 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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