Higher Intermediate French

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
04 November 2019


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



Key module for


Module description

This is a practical module designed to reinforce and develop your comprehension and production of contemporary spoken and written French through the use of a range of materials. Our overall aim is to get you to produce grammatical and idiomatic French relatively fluently, in the appropriate register with reasonable intonation and pronunciation. Special emphasis is put on reading and oral comprehension, on strategies of communication to use in dialogues and presentations.

Among the practical skills which the module aims to teach you are: how to summarise/comment on an article, how to write a short essay, how to comment on topical issues, how and when to use idiomatic words and phrases in various situations involving a wide range of speech acts. We also aim to improve your grammatical accuracy, with special emphasis on consolidating verb forms and constructions, pronouns and function words/phrases to achieve coherent/cohesive speaking/writing.

Module aims

The overall aim is to get you to produce grammatical and idiomatic French relatively fluently, in the appropriate register with reasonable intonation and pronunciation.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:
• Describe people, places and events
• Talk about present, past and future events
• Understand and write a variety of relatively complex text types
• Identify and use a variety of registers and idiomatic phrases in the right context
• Comment on topical issues and express their opinions using the appropriate structures, connectives and correct tense modes.

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.

Foreign language newspapers and magazines are available in the Language and Linguistics Common Room (4.305A).

Cinema: a wide range of films on video/DVD is available for viewing from the University library, check the library catalogue (

A range of language community events are organised by the department (e.g. Language Café) throughout the year, look out for emails with information.

Learning and teaching methods

There will be three classes per week over 22 weeks Session1 focuses on the course book (Édito B1) Session 2 focuses on reinforcing grammatical points Session 3 is dedicated to oral and written activities based on topics covered in session 1.


  • Vargas, Fred; Baudoin, Edmond. (2005) Coule la Seine, [Paris]: J'ai lu. vol. 6994
  • (2018) Édito B1, 2? Édition: Cahier d'activités + CD MP3, Stuttgart: Klett Sprachen.
  • Dufour, Marion; Mainguet, Julie; Mottironi, Eugénie; Opatski, Serguei; Perrard, Marion; Tabareau, Ghislaine; Didier. (cop. 2018) Édito: niveau B1 : méthode de français, [Paris]: RFI Savoirs.

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 Portfolio
Practical Role Play
Exam 120 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
Mr Christopher Da Silva, Office: 4.217, Tel: 01206 872111,



External examiner

Mr David Henri Pascal Tual
The University of Cambridge
Director of the Language Unit
Available via Moodle
Of 59 hours, 58 (98.3%) 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).


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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