Higher Intermediate French

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
25 May 2020


Requisites for this module
The Department of Language and Linguistics can offer guidance on prior knowledge or qualification exemptions.



Key module for


Module description

Higher Intermediate Level French is an interactive language module, using a flipped-classroom approach for students with pre-existing knowledge of French language (*not* reaching yet B1 level or equivalent of A'level in French). This module aims at enhancing your language learning skills at University level and at developing further your French language skills (oral, written). In order to benefit actively from this module, students will be expected to carry out work beforehand in order to obtain in-class feedback. This approach will allow you to reach B1 level in French.

Module aims

This module aims at reinforcing pre-existing knowledge of French language, in order to reach a level, equivalent to an A’level in French. This module’s purpose is to acquire a good foundation in French, in view to joining the module, LA140 Advanced Level French, the following year.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should have:
• Consolidated their knowledge and understanding of French culture, and awareness of cultural issues, acquired in their previous teaching of French language;
• Developed an awareness of their learning process and progress (by completing a language portfolio in French);
• Increased their confidence, fluency and accuracy in their linguistic skills in French;
• Developed academic, transferable study skills (such as independent learning, critical and analytical thinking, etc.).

Module information

By the end of the module, students will have ideally reached the level B1 or B1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).

Learning and teaching methods

There are three weekly hours over 22 weeks (academic week 2 to 11, academic week 16 to 25, and academic weeks 30 and 31), including two “reading weeks”. The module aims are achieved through a range of activities, both in class (3 contact hours per week) and outside class, with the use of a dedicated online learning platform (Moodle). Didacticised or authentic (textual or audio or audiovisual) materials are used primarily as a basis for discussion and presentations (oral and written) in class, but are also used for listening and reading comprehension, analysis of content and language, development and consolidation of vocabulary and grammar. They include media reports, books, films, etc. Students’ work is reinforced by feedback from staff in class, during academic support hours, or online. Please note that there will be two “reading weeks” in weeks 6 (autumn term) and 20 (spring term), during which there will be no classes. However you will be expected to undertake some additional guided self-study and may be required to attend some learning events. 1. First class 22 1 per week 1 hour 22 h 2. Second class22 1 per week 1 hour 22 h 3. Third class 22 1 per week 1 hour 22 h Preparation and reading 234 h Total 300 h


  • Vargas, Fred; Baudoin, Edmond. (2005) Coule la Seine, [Paris]: J'ai lu. vol. 6994
  • (2018) Édito B1, 2? Édition: Cahier d'activités + CD MP3, Stuttgart: Klett Sprachen.
  • Dufour, Marion; Mainguet, Julie; Mottironi, Eugénie; Opatski, Serguei; Perrard, Marion; Tabareau, Ghislaine; Didier. (cop. 2018) Édito: niveau B1 : méthode de français, [Paris]: RFI Savoirs.

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   Written test 1      
Coursework   Written test 2      
Coursework   Written test 3     
Practical   Oral Presentation     
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Christopher Da Silva
Mr Christopher Da Silva, Office: 4.217, Tel: 01206 872111,



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 59 hours, 58 (98.3%) 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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