Proficiency Level 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

BA R9R1 European Studies with French,
BA R9R8 European Studies with French (Including Foundation Year),
BA RR19 French Studies and Modern Languages,
BA RR20 French Studies and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year)

Module description

Proficiency Level French is an interactive language module, using a flipped-classroom approach for students with a good knowledge of French language, after attending the module LA140 Advanced Level French. This module aims at enhancing your language learning skills at University and at developing further your French language skills (oral, written, mediation) so that you feel comfortable spending some time abroad. 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 B2+/C1 level in French.

Module aims

This module aims at strengthening 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 develop further your level in French language, in view to spending some time abroad, and to joining the module, LA160 Mastery French, the following year.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should have:
• Acquired a greater knowledge and understanding of culture in French-speaking countries, and an increased awareness of cultural issues;
• Consolidated the skills and knowledge acquired in their previous French language module(s);
• Increased their confidence, fluency and accuracy in both productive (spoken and written) and receptive (listening, reading, mediating) skills in French;
• Developed academic, transferable study skills (such as independent learning, critical and analytical thinking, team-working, planning and delivering presentations, etc.).

Module information

By the end of the module, students will have ideally reached the level B2+ or C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).

Learning and teaching methods

There are three weekly hours over 21 weeks (academic week 2 to 11, academic week 16 to 25, and academic week 30), 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 21 1 per week 1 hour 21 h 2. Second class 21 1 per week 1 hour 21 h 3. Third class 21 1 per week 1 hour 21 h Preparation and reading 237 h Total 300 h


  • Coffman Crocker, Mary E. (2018) Schaum's outlines: French grammar, New York: McGraw Hill Education.
  • Vargas, Fred; Grinfas, Josiane. (2006) L'homme à l'envers, [Paris]: Magnard. vol. Classiques & contemporains

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  180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Christopher Da Silva, email:
Mr Christopher Da Silva
Dr Christopher Da Silva, Office: 4.217, Tel: 01206 872111, email:



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 56 hours, 37 (66.1%) hours available to students:
19 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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