PLF2230 - French Intermediate One

2018/9 Module description

StaffDr Marion Bernard - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesGCSE in French (A*-B) or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

French Intermediate 1 is intended for students who have successfully completed PLF1130 Beginners or who have a level broadly of GCSE A*-B grade (or equivalent). The module provides a systematic approach to building on essential grammar structures in a communicative context. The module is taught as far as possible in French.

French Intermediate One can be taken towards achieving ‘with proficiency in French”, see

Module aims

The module is appropriate for students who either already have or may quickly regain a level of proficiency in French broadly equivalent to that of GCSE Grade A-B (or equivalent). This module is to become a solid A2 User of the Common European Framework and aims to:

  • Consolidate the essential structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday situations
  • Further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening, reading and productive skills in speaking, writing
  • Deepen students' understanding and appreciation of the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop student awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of basic grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend straightforward written and aural texts on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, study, leisure etc. in the target language
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a broad range of general topics which are familiar or of personal interest, both orally and in writing, and produce short descriptive and narrative texts, formal and informal letters

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Give a presentation on a topic pertinent to everyday occurrences in your field and hold a conversation in the target language which may involve expressing opinions and making value judgements
  • 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and rigour and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Syllabus plan

The module 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:

  • Tenses: present, past (perfect and imperfect) and future tenses
  • Moods: Imperative, Present participle, Conditional and Subjunctive
  • Pronouns: relative (qui, que, dont, où), ‘toniques’ (me, you, him/her, us, them), direct and indirect objects, demonstratives and use of pronouns ‘en’ and ‘y’
  • Comparisons
  • Expressions of time
  • Negative forms
  • Possessive adjectives
  • Articles: partitives
  • Reflexive verbs

Main Topics (non-exhaustive):

  • Origins and background, Express likes/dislikes. Say where you come from and put the question to others
  • Describe key events in your life (past, present and future)
  • Talk about leisure events and activities
  • Personal relations. Meeting people. Telephone conversations. Relationships
  • Holidays, travelling and tourism
  • Describe houses, rooms. Talk about where you live
  • Work and training, working conditions, working abroad, looking for a job, CV. Fix meetings and appointments
  • Health and well-being, alternative medicine. Problems, accidents, mishaps
  • Shopping, exchange, fair trade
  • Arts and culture. Ask and react to opinions

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 study234Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material from a wide range of sources in French. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write assignments and further develop a repertoire of effective language learning strategies

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
5 formative tasks covering grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)Variable1-5, 7Written and oral
In-class formative task in week 12 (during first two timetabled hours)1.5 hours1-5, 7Written and oral

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
In-class listening test2045 minutes2, 7Written and oral
Written examination 502 hours1-5, 7Written and oral
Oral test308-9 minutes1, 3-7Written and oral

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

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

Re-assessment notes

Oral test = 30%, Written examination = 70%

The re-assessment written examination will include all the skills assessed by the in-class test, the in-class listening test, and the written examination. Nevertheless, students will only be expected to retake the sections they have been deferred/referred (i.e. the skills covered by the in-class test, the in-class listening test, and/or the written examination). The same percentage of credit applies.

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%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Alter EGO + A2 : Livre De L’élève + CD-Rom, by Annie Berthet , Emmanuelle Daill , Catherine Hugot , Véronique-M Kizirian , Monique Waendendries Publisher: Hachette (4 Jun. 2012) ISBN-13: 978-2011558121

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Dictionary: Collins/Robert French Dictionary
  • Grammaire Progressive Du Français - Nouvelle Edition: Livre Intermédiaire 3e Edition + Cd-audio + Livre-web by Maïa Grégoire & Odile Thiévenaz Publisher: Clé International (1 Sept. 2013) ISBN-13: 978-2090381245

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