PLF3430 - French Advanced One

2021/2 Module description

StaffMiss Caroline Blay - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCompletion of PLF2330, A-level in French (A-B) or equivalent
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

French Advanced One develops communicative language skills (linguistics, sociolinguistics and pragmatics) and communication strategies at the B2 level of the Common European Framework for Languages – CEFR, where students tackle material with a critical perspective.

To do so, it is based on 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 advanced grammatical and lexical structures.

The module is taught mostly in the target language, French.

French Advanced One can be taken towards achieving ‘with advanced proficiency in French”, see http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/flc/undergraduate/proficiency/

Module aims

French Advanced One is intended for students who have an A level (Grade A*-B) or equivalent (IB5-7, Delf B1, or evidence of intermediate-level accomplishment as Entry level).

On completion of this module, students will be at the level of a solid B2 (as Exit level) - Independent User of the Common European Framework for Languages, and be able to:

  • Review and consolidate the advanced 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 and academic situations
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without much strain and produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options
  • 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 sociocultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the language is spoken and continue to develop transferable and intercultural skills necessary for studying and/or working abroad in a Francophone country

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend demanding, written and aural texts on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints
  • 3. Communicate fluently and effectively, both orally and in writing, and use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes and produce clear, well-structured written text on complex subjects, expressing points of view at some length

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate autonomy in language learning, with reduced 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 their learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Work creatively and flexibly, react and adapt to situations as appropriate and solve problem
  • 7. Indicate developing skills of self-study and their application and report an awareness of and sensitivity to the foreign culture

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring advanced grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with 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:

  • Main grammar: Past tenses, agreement of past participles, subjunctive, logical connectors (cause, consequence and aim, opposition and restriction), simple and complex relative pronouns, passive, future tenses, expression of hypothesis and conditional, comparison, direct & indirect object pronouns, language registers, indirect speech, etc
  • Main Topics: Identities, Health, Migrations, Cities, Work, Arts, ‘Francophonie’, Ecology and global engagement, etc
  • Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work, and include the study of texts with comprehension exercises, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises
  • 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

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 exercises on a self-study basis, prepare exercises and activities for the class, write assignments and generally acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies (such as proofreading, self-editing and self-correcting).

You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments and formative assessment tasks. You will also receive formal feedback on summative assessments such as the In-Class Test, including suggestions on how to improve and identify your own strategies for improvement.

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 study234Consolidation of class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material 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.Variable1-7Written 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
Oral examination2510-12 minutes1-4, 6=7Written and oral
Written Examination25Take-home exam1-7Written and oral
Portfolio50Variable1-7Written and oral

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral examinationOral examination1-4, 6-7Referral/Deferral period
Written examination and in-class listening testWritten examination1-7Referral/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

  • Main course book: Alter Ego +  B2 (livre élève + CD-Rom) by Catherine Dollez, Sylvie Pons, Marine Antier, Joëlle Bonenfant, Gabrielle Chort, Michel Guilloux edited by Hachette FLE. Code ISBN: 9782014015508

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

 


Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Grammar book: Help Yourself to Advanced French Grammar : A Grammar Reference and Workbook Post-GCSE/Advanced Level (2nd Edition) by Thaila Marriott, Mirielle Ribiere edited by Longman Code ISBN: 978-0582329454
  • Dictionary: Collins/Robert French Dictionary or Oxford/Hachette French Dictionary

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

31/01/2017

Last revision date

03/08/2020

Key words search

French, advanced

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