Proficiency Level 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

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

This module is designed to help you engage successfully in your Year (or vacation period) Abroad. The emphasis will be on vocabulary acquisition, the use of specific language functions, the consolidation of grammatical knowledge, and the ongoing development of all language and intercultural skills.
The main topics, apart from the Year Abroad, are French-speaking humour and contemporary issues in the news in France. There is a set book to be read and studied. We will focus on more structured prose writing. You will also participate in a number of role-plays and presentations.

Module aims

The aims of this module are to support students so they can fully engage in their Year (or vacation period) Abroad by introducing them to a range of contemporary cultural issues whilst developing their language skills.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will:
• be able to express themselves in written and spoken French on a variety of contemporary cultural issues;
• have a greater awareness and understanding of France and the French-speaking world;
• have a greater awareness and ability to use a range of registers;
• have developed academic, transferable study skills such as independent learning, critical, analytical thinking, problem-solving, team-working, planning and delivering oral presentations, time-management, use of electronic media.

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 weekly hours over 19 weeks (weeks 2-11, 16-25 and 30). Please note that there will be two reading weeks in weeks 6 and 21, during which there will be no classes but you will be expected to undertake some additional guided self-study and may be required to attend some learning events.


  • Coffman Crocker, Mary E. (2018) Schaum's outlines: French grammar, New York: McGraw Hill Education.
  • Vargas, Fred; Grinfas, Josiane. (2006) L'homme à l'envers, [Paris]: Magnard. vol. Classiques & contemporains

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 Reading comprehension test
Coursework Listening comprehension test
Coursework Written test
Practical Presentation
Exam 180 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
Dr Christopher Da Silva, Office: 4.217, Tel: 01206 872111, email:



External examiner

Mr David Henri Pascal Tual
The University of Cambridge
Director of the Language Unit
Available via Moodle
Of 56 hours, 37 (66.1%) hours available to students:
19 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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