FLF3530 - French Advanced Two

2020/1 Module description

StaffMr Arnaud Fresnel - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLF3415/3430: French Advanced One or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

French Advanced 2 develops communicative language skills (linguistics, sociolinguistics and pragmatics) and communication strategies at the B2 high/C1 low level of the Common European Framework for Languages – CEFR, where you tackle a series of material on the same theme and/or question with a critical perspective.

To do so, it is based on solid advanced communicative activities such as reception, production and interaction and advocates an action-orientated approach of language teaching and learning.

This module develops all four core language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as solid advanced grammatical and lexical structures.

The module is taught in the target language, French.

Module aims

French Advanced 2 is intended for students who have successfully completed FLF3415-30 French Advanced 1 or who have an A level (Grade A*-B) plus one year of further study on an Advanced course or equivalent (such as Delf B2 or evidence of solid upper intermediate-level accomplishment as Entry level).

On the completion of this module, you will be at the level of B2 high and C1 low (as Exit level) – Proficient User of the Common European Framework for languages, and will be able to: 

  • Review and consolidate solid advanced structures of French, developing both idiomatic vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping you with the linguistic tools to enable you to communicate effectively in everyday and academic situations
  • Further develop and embed active and passive advanced language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, with particular emphasis placed on the advanced skills necessary for effective and fluid oral and written communication in French at an advanced level to engage with a series of material on the same theme and/or question with a critical perspective
  • Explain the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation
  • Build on knowledge of advanced sociocultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the language is spoken and continue to develop transferable and intercultural skills necessary for studying, living and/or working abroad in a Francophone country

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of a range of advanced grammatical structures of French
  • 2. Read and comprehend a range of demanding, longer written and aural texts in most registers, on both concrete and abstract topics in French, including articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints not always in an explicit manner
  • 3. Communicate fluently and spontaneously, both orally or in writing, on complex and abstract topics, use language flexibly and spontaneously for social and professional purposes and produce coherent, cohesive and near-accurate texts in a range of appropriate styles and genres

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy in language learning, with minimal direction from the teacher.
  • 5. Combine specialised learning aids in a variety of media to class notes and material, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate your learning.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Work pro-actively with others as part of a team, react and adapt to some unexpected situations as appropriate and solve problem effectively
  • 7. Apply self-study skills and demonstrate sensitivity to the foreign culture
  • 8. Defend your view point in debate and question, evaluate or criticise other viewpoints in interaction

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring solid advanced grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. You are expected to demonstrate competence in the use of all advanced grammatical structures. However, there may be remedial revision/consolidation of some advanced grammar. It covers the following grammar/topics (Note this list is only indicative):

Main grammar:

  • Infinitive verb
  • Active and passive voices
  • all tenses
  • subjunctive mood
  • past participle verbs
  • impersonal verbs
  • negation of verbs
  • nouns, adjectives and articles
  • pronouns (personal, relative, definite and indefinite)
  • prepositions
  • adverbs
  • Conjunctions
  • numerals 
  • questions forms
  • indirect speech 

Main Topics (non-exhaustive): A series of socio-cultural and socio-economic topics are covered such as:

  • La révolution numérique et les nouvelles technologies
  • les valeurs des Français
  • Terroirs et mondialisation
  • les phénomènes migratoires
  • le système éducatif français et l’élitisme
  • le multilinguisme
  • l’environnement et la transition énergétique
  • la bioéthique et les OGM

Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work and include the study of longer and complex texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises.

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 teaching66Language classes
Guided independent study234Consolidation of learning; learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video/DVD, and, where appropriate, Internet and computer software in French

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. Variable1-8Written 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
Portfolio50Variable1-8Written and oral feedback
Oral examination (debate)2517-18 minutes 1-3, 6-8Written feedback (upon request)
Written examination 25Take-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
Portfolio Portfolio 1-7Referral/Deferral period
Oral examination (debate)Oral examination (debate)1-3, 6-8Referral/Deferral period
Written examiantionWritten examination1-5, 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

Main course book: 

  • Tendances C1/C2 - Livre de l'élève + DVD-ROM. By Denis & Natallia Liakin, Fabien Olivry & Gabriel Michaud, Publisher: Cle international (Jan 2019), ISBN-13: 978-2090385373

  Recommended materials:

  • Grammaire progressive du français - Nouvelle édition : Livre perfectionnement B2/C2 + 600 exercices, CD. 2nd edition by Eric pessan, Publisher: Cle international (May 2017), ISBN-13: 978-209038209

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Dictionary: Collins/Robert French Dictionary or Oxford/Hachette French

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