Mastery Level French

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
11 April 2019


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

With this module, students can expect to achieve Final Honours level of competence in French language skills. In particular, on the basis of a near-native level of comprehension, they should be able to:
- deal quickly and precisely with any written or spoken document (summarise, explain, comment or analyse);
- refine their knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary of French;
- undertake collaborative research into topical issues;
- develop to near-native standard their conversation skills.
Within this language-focused framework they will also consolidate their knowledge of social and cultural aspects of France and some of the regions/countries in which French is spoken.

Module aims

With this module students can expect to:

Deal quickly and precisely with any written or spoken document (summarise, explain, comment or analyse);
Refine their knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary of French;
Undertake collaborative research into topical issues;
Develop to near-native standard their conversation skills;
Consolidate their knowledge of social and cultural aspects of France and some of the regions/countries in which French is spoken;
Develop collaborative learning strategies, public speaking and critical thinking.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Demonstrate a near-native level of understanding of both written and spoken French, in different registers and styles;

Show a deep understanding and appropriate use of French grammar and vocabulary, including some idiomatic expressions;

Express themselves effortlessly and confidently in both written and spoken French in a range of registers;

Present a clear, smoothly-flowing description or argument in a style appropriate to the context and with an effective logical structure;

Demonstrate a knowledge of key aspects of the French history and society and of current issues in French-speaking countries and the ability to analyse and discuss them.

Module information

Materials placed on Moodle are essential to the module and should be treated like a textbook. They must be downloaded, printed and brought to classes. Materials will be added to Moodle when needed, and you are expected to check updates regularly.

Learning and teaching methods

Language modules typically involve 2-3 contact hours per week. Confirmed details will be annouced at the start of the academic year. The module aims are achieved through a range of activities, both in class (3 contact hours per week) and outside, with the use of a dedicated online learning platform (Moodle). Authentic (textual oraudiovisual) materials are used for listening and reading comprehension, analysis of content and language, development and consolidation of vocabulary and grammar, and as a basis for discussion and presentations (oral and written). They include media reports, books, films, etc. Students’ work is reinforced by feedback from staff in class, in office hours, or online.


  • Ernaux, Annie; Appéré, Kim-Lan. (2010) La place, [S.l.]: Belin/Gallimard.
  • Jubb, Margaret A.; Rouxeville, Annie. (2014) French grammar in context, New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Foenkinos, David. (©2009) La délicatesse, [Paris]: Gallimard. vol. 5177

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 Comprehension and Production     
Coursework   Book Test     
Coursework   Aural Comprehension     
Coursework   Oral Presentation      
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Dounia Bissar, email:
Dounia Bissar
Dounia Bissar, Room 4.215, Tel: 01206 872213, email:



External examiner

Mr David Henri Pascal Tual
The University of Cambridge
Director of the Language Unit
Available via Moodle
Of 144 hours, 52 (36.1%) hours available to students:
92 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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