LA140-5-FY-CO:
Advanced French

The details
2019/20
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
30
04 November 2019

 

Requisites for this module
LA130
The Department of Language and Linguistics can offer guidance on prior knowledge or qualification exemptions.
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LA150

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

The overall objective of the module is to develop the variety of skills which constitute competence in a foreign language at University level. More specifically, students can expect to:

Develop confidence and competence at expressing themselves in both written and spoken French;
Be able to appreciate, summarise and evaluate ideas, arguments and conclusions in a text;
Improve their aural comprehension and learn the basic skills of oral improvisation;
Revise and reinforce their basic knowledge of the grammar and the vocabulary of French;
Extend 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:
• Develop confidence and competence at expressing themselves in both written and spoken French;
• Be able to appreciate, summarise and evaluate ideas, arguments and conclusions in a text;
• Improve their aural comprehension and learn the basic skills of oral improvisation;
• Revise and reinforce their basic knowledge of the grammar and the vocabulary of French;
• Extend their knowledge of social and cultural aspects of France and some of the regions/countries in which French is spoken;
• Develop and/or reinforce a range of transferable skills such as presentation skills, independent and collaborative learning strategies, public speaking and critical thinking.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
• Demonstrate a good understanding and appropriate use of French grammar and vocabulary;
• Demonstrate an understanding of both written and spoken French, in different registers and styles;
• Express themselves clearly and fluently in both written and spoken French in both formal and informal situations;
• Develop an awareness of current issues in French-speaking countries through the use of contemporary material and literary texts.

Module information

MOODLE
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.

GENERAL FACILITIES AVAILABLE
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 (https://library.essex.ac.uk/home).
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

Language modules typically involve 2-3 contact hours per week. Confirmed details will be announced 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.

Bibliography

  • Turk, Phil; Vandaele, Geneviève García; Shannon, Paul. (2018) Action grammaire!: [French grammar for A-level] /cPhil Turk, Geneviève García Vandaele and Paul Shannon, London: Hodder Education.
  • Heu, Elodie; Mabilat, Jean-Jacques. (2015) Edito: Cahier d'activités niveau B2, París: Editions Didier.
  • Grimbert, Philippe. (2004) Un secret: roman, Paris: Grasset. vol. 30563
  • Heu, élodie; Mabilat, Jean-Jacques. (2015) Édito: Methode de français, Niveau B2, Paris: Didier.
  • Miller, Claude; Grimbert, Philippe; France, Cécile de. (c2008) A secret, [London]: Arrow.
  • Grimbert, Philippe; McLean, Polly. (2008) Secret, London: Portobello Books.

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
Practical Aural Comprehension
Practical Role Play
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Christopher Da Silva
Mr Christopher Da Silva, Office 4.217, Tel: 01206 872111, email: cd19310@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

Mr David Henri Pascal Tual
The University of Cambridge
Director of the Language Unit
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 114 hours, 103 (90.4%) hours available to students:
11 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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