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Unit information: French Language 3 for Single Honours in 2019/20

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Unit name French Language 3 for Single Honours
Unit code FREN30116
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mrs. Vailes
Open unit status Not open

Relevant core language unit at level I/5



School/department Department of French
Faculty Faculty of Arts


To advance to degree standard students’ active and passive ability in the language studied.
To sustain and build on oral fluency and listening skills acquired to date.
To develop students’ writing skills across a range of written tasks.
To perfect students’ skills in translation of texts (from literature and contemporary media).

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit students will;

  1. be proficient in the spoken and written language to degree standard.
  2. be able to communicate fluently in the spoken language in both formal and informal registers.
  3. have a high level of competence in using the written language in a range of tasks.
  4. be sensitive to register, and nuances of the language studied and will be able to reflect these in translation.
  5. be able to demonstrate and reflect on their distinctive linguistic and cultural expertise by exploring its practical application in a range of educational and cultural contexts.

Teaching details

3 weekly contact hours dedicated to the development of key skills. In each TB, students will also accumulate the equivalent of 2 weekly contact hours contributing to staff-facilitated activities.

Mostly seminar based with some lectures for the delivery of grammar lessons. Ongoing e-learning tasks via Blackboard.

Assessment Details

1½ hour translation exam (25%) – testing ILO 4

3 hour written language exam (50%) - testing ILOs 1, 3 and 5

Oral exam (25%) – testing ILOs 1 and 2

2 x 300-word report/reflection (TB1 and TB2, pass/fail) – ILO 5

Reading and References

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