Advanced French

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
10 October 2023


Requisites for this module
LA130 or LA122
The Department of Language and Linguistics can offer guidance on prior knowledge or qualification exemptions.


LA043, LA150, LA160

Key module for

BA R9R1 European Studies with French,
BA R9R8 European Studies with French (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

Advanced Level French is an interactive language module, using a flipped-classroom approach for students with pre-existing knowledge of French language equivalent to A'level in French (not reaching yet B2 level in French).

This module aims at enhancing your language learning skills at University and at improving further your French language skills (oral, written, mediation). The curriculum of this module will be shared with students, at the beginning of the academic year.

To benefit actively from this module, students will be expected to attend and participate in class. By carrying out work beforehand, students will obtain in-class feedback. This approach will help you to reach B1+/B2 level in French.

Module aims

This module aims at developing further your knowledge of French language, through five skills (i.e. written and oral comprehension, written and oral production, and mediation). This module’s purpose is to enhance your strong foundation in French, in view to joining the module, LA150 Proficiency Level French, the following year, and possibly to going abroad the following year.
On top of this, this module aims at facilitating the development of your transferable study and professional skills, appropriate at undergraduate level (at University).

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;
• Acquired a greater knowledge and understanding of culture in French- speaking countries, and an increased awareness of cultural issues, which are relevant to this module;
• Increased their confidence, fluency and accuracy in their linguistic skills in French language;
• Developed some transferable study skills (such as independent learning, critical and analytical thinking, etc.) which are relevant to academic studies and to a professional environment.

Module information

By the end of the module, students will have ideally reached the level B2 or B2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Learning and teaching methods

The academic year for this module, runs from academic week 2 to 11 (Autumn term), and from academic week 16 to 25 (Spring term), and finally academic week 30 (Summer term). There are two reading weeks in Week 6 and in Week 20 (these two weeks’ work of scheme differ from other weeks). A 30-credit module comprises 300 hours of preparation, reading, and learning time. This module offers three weekly hours over the academic year, making up a total of 63 hours. The rest of the time (237 hours) is dedicated to preparation and reading times, as well as independent learning time.


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   Comprehension test 1    25% 
Coursework   Written test 1 (culture de langue française)    25% 
Coursework   Comprehension test 2    25% 
Coursework   Oral Presentation  22/03/2024  25% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

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

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Christopher Da Silva, email:
Mr Christopher Da Silva, Dr Laetitia Vedrenne
Mr Christopher Da Silva, Office 4.217, Tel: 01206 872111, email: Dr Laetitia Vedrenne, Office 4.219, Number 2114,



External examiner

Ms Laurence Richard
University of Southampton
Director Centre for Language Study
Available via Moodle
Of 50 hours, 46 (92%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
4 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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