Intensive Initial French 1
Language and Linguistics
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
26 March 2019
Requisites for this module
French Intensive Initial 1 is an interactive, intensive language module using blended-learning strategies to allow fast-paced progress through the French language and French-speaking world. There is a dual focus on communicative and structural aspects of the language. Language learning is supported by an online guided independent study program and extended by multimedia activities.
The module is designed for students with no or little knowledge of French. The aim of the module, in correlation with French Intensive Initial 2 in the Spring Term, is to enable students to attain a level of French equivalent to an A level by completing it with a summer course in France. Students will then reach an intermediate exit level B1 (equivalent to LA130); without attending the course in France the exit level will be elementary A2 (equivalent to LA120).
It is the compulsory path for those students with no knowledge of French who intend to take the study of the language to a Proficiency or Mastery level in their final year. This module can also be taken as an outside option.
The main aim of Intensive Initial French 1 is to help students acquire the basic linguistic skills needed to cope with a visit to French-speaking countries. By the end of the term, students should also have acquired some general background knowledge of particular aspects of life and culture in the present-day French-speaking world.
By the end of the module, students will be able to
1. devise/ take part in a dialogue in the context of a range of everyday situations;
2. do a short, oral presentation in French in the form of a role play with a partner;
3. carry out listening and reading comprehension tasks;
4. carry out various writing tasks (e.g. short descriptions and narratives, simple letters, email messages, postcards), making pertinent lexical and grammatical choices.
Summer language course abroad
Students who take this intensive language module as part of their degree programme in their first year and need to carry on with the language of their intensive module in order to reach level 5 or above in the final year of their degree programme must take an approved language course abroad in the summer vacation (four weeks) in order to be able to access level 4 modules (LA140 Advanced Level French) in the following year: for such students the tuition fee for the course abroad will be paid by the University with the remainder of the expenses paid by the students themselves. For any other students wishing to take part in the summer language course all expenses will be incurred by the student. Students who do not need to reach level 5 or 6 in their final year in the language of their intensive modules and who do not take the approved course abroad can continue with LA130 Higher Intermediate French on successful completion of the intensive module.
There are four weekly contact hours, including one hour in a PC lab, to provide students with opportunities to progress through the structural aspects of the language at their own pace. Class time is dedicated to the introduction of new concepts and focuses on creating practice opportunities for the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
Students will be expected to attend all sessions and to complete some relevant practical tasks for each session.
- (Sunday, 29 Oct 2017) Untouchable (2011): BBC2 England.
- Kassovitz, Mathieu; Cassell, Vincent; Taghmaoui, Saïd; Kounde Hubert. (2004) La haine, [London]: Optimum Releasing.
- Jeunet, Jean-Pierre; Tautou, Audrey; Kassovitz, Mathieu. (c2001) Amelie, [London?]: Momentum Pictures.
- Chahi, Fatiha; Denyer, Monique; Gloanec, Audrey; Briet, Geneviève; Neuenschwander, Valérie; Fouillet, Raphaële. (2018) Défi 1: A1: Méthode de français, Paris: Éditions Maison des langues.
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
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Laetitia Vedrenne
Dr Laetitia Vedrenne
Tel: 01206 872114,
Mr David Henri Pascal Tual
The University of Cambridge
Director of the Language Unit
Available via Moodle
Of 70 hours, 69 (98.6%) 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).
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