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Unit information: Intermediate French in 2021/22

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Unit name Intermediate French
Unit code UWLP10003
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mrs. Vailes
Open unit status Open

Pass at A Level (Grade C) or equivalent in the language or a pass in Post-Beginners unit.



School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit provides further development of students’ knowledge of the target language beyond intermediate level. It is intended:

  • To review and consolidate the essential structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and a range of language structures thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday situations
  • To further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and note taking, productive skills in speaking, reading and writing
  • To expand students’ knowledge of the socio-cultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to introduce the transferable skills necessary for studying and/or working abroad

Intended learning outcomes

Students will be able:

  1. to communicate both orally and in writing with a good degree of accuracy and fluency.
  2. to work at an upper intermediate level with authentic material and retrieve necessary information.
  3. to show acquired knowledge and awareness of the general social and cultural background of the target language
  4. to understand and interpret written texts at an upper intermediate level
  5. to respond to written texts at an upper intermediate level

Overall, students will attain a level comparable to B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Teaching details

Learners will be involved in a variety of synchronous activities, mostly interactive with maximum use of the target language, but with attention devoted also to explaining the fundamentals of the target language’s structures. These activities will be supported and amplified by asynchronous e-learning opportunities and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

1 x oral presentation/speaking exercise (25%). [ILOs 1-3]

1 x timed written assessment for reading, writing, and listening skills (75%). [ILOs 1-5]

Reading and References

Materials developed in house by the relevant Language Department. Reading and reference material will be provided on Blackboard.