FLF2430 - French Intermediate Fast-Track

2020/1 Module description

StaffMrs Florence Gomez - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesSuccessful completion of French Beginners Fast Track (FLF2130) or equivalent.  You must be able to demonstrate a successful track record of learning French with a minimum of A* or A grade at GCSE (or equivalent). Knowledge of an additional foreign language is an advantage. 
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

French Intermediate Fast-Track covers the equivalent of French Intermediate 1 (consolidation) and Intermediate 2 in one year as being an intensive teaching module. It is intended for those who have a successful track record of learning French (e.g. GCSE A*-A grade or completion of Beginners Fast Track - FLF2130).

You will need to understand basic terminology for grammatical structures. Knowledge of an additional foreign language is an advantage. French Intermediate Fast-Track is also strongly recommended for incoming Erasmus students or those with a mother-tongue in a related Romance language (e.g. Spanish or Italian).

French Intermediate Fast-Track can be taken towards achieving ‘with proficiency in French”, see http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/flc/undergraduate/proficiency/

Module aims

The module is appropriate for those who either already have or may quickly regain a level of proficiency in French broadly equivalent to that of GCSE Grade A* or A (or equivalent) and for students who did FLF2130 previously. This module is at B1high level of the Common European Framework and aims to:

  • Cover the equivalent of French Intermediate 1 - consolidation - (FLF2230) and Intermediate 2 (FLF2330) in one academic year
  • Consolidate the essential structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping you with the linguistic tools to enable you to communicate effectively in a variety of social situations
  • Further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening, productive skills in speaking, reading and writing
  • Deepen your understanding and appreciation of the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop your awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of an extensive range of grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend written and aural texts of a more technical nature on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language
  • 3. Communicate confidently and spontaneously in a wide range of situations including more specialised topics, both orally and in writing, and produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects in the target language

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise your learning with some guidance from the tutor.
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, such as a reference grammar and bilingual dictionary, to consolidate your learning.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Give a clear, prepared presentation on a general topic and take an active part in discussions, accounting for and sustaining your views
  • 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Syllabus plan

The course provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context

and developing the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

Grammar (non-exhaustive):

  • Past tenses
  • Question forms
  • Subjunctive mood
  • Double object pronoun structures
  • Past participle agreements
  • Pronouns (y' & en')
  • Quantification
  • Demonstratives
  • Expressing frequency
  • Logical connectives (cause and consequence)
  • Expressing time,
  • Conditional mood and making hypothesis
  • Present participle and gerund
  • Reported speech and phonetics.

Main Topics (non-exhaustive):

  • Memories (telling a story in the past, expressing things remembered, telling an unusual story)
  • My place (talking about a place and describe it, talking about urban planning in Exeter)
  • Celebrities (describing someone, reporting speech, writing a biography)
  • Well-being (expressing pain and well-being, talking about problems, giving advice, talking about well-being on the Exeter campus)
  • Culture (expressing feelings, regret, reproach, describing a work of art, proposing cultural outings)
  • Jobs (attending a job interview, expressing ability to do something)
  • Charities and volunteering (writing a formal letter, designing and presenting a fundraising initiative)
  • Equality (debating positive discrimination, gender inequalities and bullying, writing an argumentative essay)
  • Environment (expressing agreement and disagreement, making a speech about environmental issues)

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching88Language classes
Guided independent study212Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in French. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write short assignments and generally begin to acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video/DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks covering some or all of the following areas: grammar, writing, listening, reading, speaking. Variable1-7Written and oral feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio50Variable1-7Written and oral feedback with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor(s)
Oral test2510-12 minutes1-3, 6-7Written feedback sheet (upon request)
Written examination25Take-home exam 1-5, 7Written feedback (upon request)

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PortfolioPortfolio1-7Referral/Deferral period
Written examinationWritten examination1-5, 7Referral/Deferral period
Oral testOral test1-3, 6-7Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

You will only be required to retake any failed assessments. Marks for any passed assessments will be carried forward. If you have failed any assessments but managed to pass the module overall, you will not be allowed to retake the failed assessments.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Le Nouveau Rond Point 2 (B1): Livre de l'élève + CD-audio : Méthode de français basé sur l’apprentissage par les tâches, Publisher: Editions Maison des Langues ; 1er édition (2011), ISBN-13: 9788484436959

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Grammaire progressive du français - Nouvelle édition : Livre intermediare A2/B1 + 440 exercices, CD. 4th edition by Maia Grégoire & Odile Thievenaz, Publisher: Cle international (Sept 2017), ISBN-13: 978-2090381030
  • A suitable bilingual dictionary, e.g. Collins French Dictionary

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