LA160-6-FY-CO:
Mastery Level French

The details
2023/24
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
30
10 October 2023

 

Requisites for this module
LA150 or LA140
The Department of Language and Linguistics can offer guidance on prior knowledge or qualification exemptions.
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Key module for

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

Module description

The overall objective of the module is to provide the necessary basis for students to achieve Final Honours level of competence in French language skills. Students will consolidate the knowledge and skills gained in their previous study of French and develop their language competence and cultural knowledge to a level at which they can engage in professional activities.

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.
• Practise and expand transferable skills such as intercultural awareness and language mediation
skills, communication and presentation skills, independent learning, creative and analytical
thinking, reflective skills, problem-solving, team-working, disciplined time-management, research skills and use of electronic media.

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

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 or audiovisual) 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.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Written comprehension and production    25% 
Coursework   Book test    25% 
Coursework   Aural Comprehension    25% 
Coursework   Oral Presentation     25% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Additional coursework 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.

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%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Dounia Bissar, email: dbissar@essex.ac.uk.
Dounia Bissar
Dounia Bissar, Room 4.215, Tel: 01206 872213, email: dbissar@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

Ms Laurence Richard
University of Southampton
Director Centre for Language Study
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 47 hours, 43 (91.5%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
2 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Language and Linguistics

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