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Unit information: French Language in 2022/23

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Unit name French Language
Unit code FREN10029
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mrs. Vailes
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of French
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This unit will practise and develop students’ oral, aural, reading, writing skills in the language specified and also translation skills into English. The unit will provide students with a good understanding of grammar and cultural background of the language specified.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:

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

Overall, students will attain a level comparable to B2 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

  • Portfolio of written work of 750 words to assess composition – 30% - assesses ILOs 2, 3 and 4
  • In-class presentation / speaking exercise to assess oral – 20% - assesses ILOs 1, 3, 4 and 5
  • Translation into English – pass / fail only on basis of submitted work - assesses ILOs 3, 4 and 5
  • Examination to assess Reading Comprehension / Guided Writing / Grammar / Listening – 50% - assesses ILOs 2, 3, 4 and 5

In order to progress into Year 2, students would need to achieve a pass mark (40) and to have attempted all components of assessment. Marks of below 40 in any of the four language skills would not prevent a student from progressing, as long as the overall average remained above 40 and the student has attempted all components of assessment. Students who receive an overall mark of below 40 will normally be required to re-sit all failed or missed components.

Reading and References

Selection of dedicated material prepared in-house (SML). Grammar texts and dictionaries as appropriate to language area

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