MLF2152 - Intermediate French

2019/0 Module description

StaffDr Damien Gaucher - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

This intensive language module is designed for students who have completed MLF1052 (French Language for Beginners) or equivalent. The module aims to train you in all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening comprehension) as well as translation. It will expand your grammatical knowledge of French, with a focus on more advanced grammatical structures, which you will apply to written and oral tasks. The module will also focus on equipping you with the vocabulary required to deal with a range of authentic topics and situations. Particular emphasis will be on preparing you for your year abroad in a French-speaking country.

Module aims

This module consolidates and develops the language skills acquired in MLF1052 ‘French Language for Beginners’, enabling you to communicate confidently in French through a range of written, oral, and comprehension exercises, as well as through translation exercises, covering different registers and areas of vocabulary.

The module will focus on more advanced grammatical constructions and functions, which will enable you to communicate in a wider range of communicative contexts and express your ideas in an increasingly varied and sophisticated manner.

The module also aims to prepare you for your year abroad and further your understanding of life and culture in French-speaking countries.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Apply knowledge of a broad range of grammatical features of French to a variety of communicative tasks
  • 2. Translate passages from a variety of authentic written sources into French
  • 3. Produce written pieces in French on a range of topics
  • 4. Engage in discussion of a range of topics in oral French, articulating own opinions and responding to the opinions of others
  • 5. Give short oral presentations in the target language on a defined topic to a small group of listeners
  • 6. Demonstrate comprehension of written and/or aural French texts on a range of authentic topics

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 7. Use a bilingual and a learnersÂ’ monolingual dictionary to glean information about meaning, register, usage and grammatical forms
  • 8. Engage with a range of French language media

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. Communicate competently in a target language and demonstrate intercultural competence.
  • 10. Express and discuss views in front of a group of listeners

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:

  • Systematic coverage of module materials on a range of topics and with a focus on more advanced structures
  • Development of translation strategies; acquisition of new vocabulary; enhancement of comprehension skills and ability to develop an increasingly accurate form of expression in the target language. Further development of the translation of texts from English into French
  • Oral work with regular small group discussions and authentic scenarios to assist with year abroad preparation

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 Teaching44Language seminars: Integrated skills, including translation; developing and enhancing reading comprehension, writing; dealing with grammar and vocabulary exercises.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Oral classes: Emphasis on oral and listening comprehension skills, with a focus on preparation for year abroad.
Guided Independent Study234Time spent on completing formative exercises and independent study to consolidate learning. As part of guided independent study, you are advised to follow a series of grammar revision lectures on ELE to consolidate your knowledge of French grammar.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
10 formative tasks (translation, reading comprehension, writing and listening and speaking)Variable1-10Written adn 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
Listening comprehension test201 hour6Written feedback
Written examination402 hours1,3,6,9Written feedback
Oral examination2015 minutes4,9Written feedback
Written examination201 hour1-2,6,9Written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Listening comprehension testListening comprehension test6Referral/deferral period
Written examinationWritten examination1-3, 6, 9Referral/deferral period
Oral examinationOral examination4,9Referral/deferral period
Written examinationWritten examination1-2, 6, 9Referral/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%.

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French, French language, Intermediate French, French ex-beginners

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