PLF2330 - French Intermediate Two

2021/2 Module description

StaffMiss Caroline Blay - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesCompletion of PLF2230 or equivalent
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

French Intermediate Two is intended for students who have successfully completed PLF2230 French Intermediate One, who have a level broadly of AO / AS (Grade A-B) or an A level (Grade C or below) 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 Two can be taken towards achieving ‘with proficiency in French”, see http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/flc/undergraduate/proficiency/

Module aims

This module exit level is at high B1 level 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 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, reading and productive skills in speaking, 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 subject 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 their views
  • 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: perfect, imperfect, pluperfect; future
  • Moods: past and present conditional; subjunctive
  • Verbal prepositions
  • Pronouns: relative (simple and composed), “en” and “y”
  • Indirect speech and tense sequencing
  • Passive voice
  • Chronological and logical connectors
  • Articles
  • Comparatives and superlatives

Here are the main communicative outcomes the module covers (non-exhaustive list):

  • Tell a story in the past, describe events and speak about yourself
  • Give an advice, express a judgement and compare situations
  • Speak your dreams, future, make plans and hypothesis
  • Express your feelings
  • Speak on the phone
  • Ask for help and provide help
  • Argue and moderate your speech
  • Speak about everyday life and comment the news

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
662340

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 in French. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write assignments and further develop 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

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
502525

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio50Variable2, 7Written and oral feedback with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor/s
Oral test258-9 minutes1-3, 6-7Written feedback sheet (upon request)
Written examination25Take-home exam1-5, 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
Written examinationWritten examination1-5, 7Referral/Deferral period
Oral examinationOral examination1-3, 6-7Referral/Deferral period
PortfolioPortfolio1-7Referral/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

  • Alter EGO + B1 : Livre De L'Elève + CD-Rom by Catherine Dollez & Sylvie Pons, Publisher: Hachette; 3 edition (28 Jan. 2013), ISBN-13: 978-2011558145

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

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

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2011

Last revision date

03/08/2020

Key words search

French, Interimediate, two

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