FLF3730 - French Advanced Three

2011/2 Module description

Lecturer(s)Florence Gomez
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLF3515/3530 or equivalent
Duration of ModuleTwo terms (Terms 1 & 2)
Total Student Study Time300 hours of which up to 3 hours a week are class contact hours.

Module aims

The module is appropriate for students who have spent a period of study / work in a country where the language is spoken (such as students on a ¡¥with European Study¡¦ programme) and/or have completed Advanced level courses. This module is broadly equivalent to C1 / C2 ¡V Proficient User of the Common European Framework for languages, and aims to:

- review and consolidate advanced structures and vocabulary of the target language, thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday and academic situations
- further develop and embed active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, with particular emphasis placed on the skills necessary for effective oral and written communication in the target language at an advanced level
- build on knowledge of the socio-cultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to continue to develop transferable skills necessary for living and/or working abroad

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

Learning and teaching methods

Details of Learning and Teaching Methods:

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context. Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work and role playing, and include the study of short texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language.

You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class (between 3-5 hours per week) and
we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent
language learner, particularly through ELE. For this module, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in French. You will also be expected to complete additional language exercises on a self-study basis, prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write short assignments and generally acquire a repertoire of
effective language learning strategies.

You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments
and coursework items. You will also receive formal feedback on the In-Class Test, including
suggestions for what and how to improve and identifying your own strategies for improvement.



In-Class Test (in class time) 15% Covering ILOs 1-5,8

Consisting of one 2-hour test administered in Term 1 Week 11 in class time.
Writing: Critical Analysis of 2/3 articles in target language (250-350 words).

Coursework (both in and outside class time) 25% Covering ILOs 1-8

Consisting of 4 items over Term 1 & 2. Some items done in class time, others outside class to be handed in to tutor. Covering a range of skills, including listening with summary / note-taking, reading / listening comprehension with summary writing, a small group oral presentation.

Oral Test 25% Covering ILO's 1,3-6,8
Consisting of an oral test administered in Term 3 Revision Week. Approx. 13-15 minutes.

There are two parts to the test:
Part 1: A student presentation based on 3-4 articles, plus follow-up questions from the examiners.
Part 2: An examiner-led debate on a topic different to the one used in the presentation.

Dossier 35% Covering ILOs 1-6, 8
A written dossier of material of students choice (topic to be agreed in advance with tutor), including:

6 articles/documents/extracts in target language (from various sources, including written and electronic media, TV and radio, interviews etc.). Of these 6 articles, 2 of 450-650 words, 2 of 750-950 words and 2 of 1000-1200 words)
a report/review for each article of 1/4 of the total word number each, in target language
a critical essay developing the main topic of the articles (800-1000 words)
a contents page
a bibliography/sources

To be submitted to College of Humanities Office by 4 pm on Thursday of Term 3 Revision Week.

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It covers the following grammar / topics:

Main grammar
At this level, students are expected to demonstrate competence in the use of all advanced grammatical structures. However, there may be remedial revision / consolidation of grammar during the module as required.

Main Topics
- Sustainability, environmentalism and renewable energy
- Digital Society (technology, social networking, etc)
- French regions: geography and economic activity
- General overview of French economy
- Consumer society
- Poverty and exclusion
- New trends: birth rate, marriage, ageing population
- French Politics: Constitution, institutions, parties
- French modern culture (cinema, music etc)
- Current affairs and press reviews
- Role of science and technology in modern society
- French gastronomy, Food & Drink

Indicative basic reading list

Indicative basic reading list: Materials to be provided via ELE

Activités pour le Cadre Européen Commun de Référence - niveaux C1-C2, Clé International, 2007, ISBN 978-2-09-035387-7

Other resources:
Marriot & Ribiere, Help Yourself to Advanced French Grammar: a Grammar Reference and Workbook, Longman; 2 edition (30 Sep 1998)

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

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