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Unit information: Follow-on French in 2020/21

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Unit name Follow-on French
Unit code UWLP20001
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mrs. Vailes
Open unit status Open

A pass in Beginners unit in the language



School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit is designed to follow on from the beginners’ level unit. It provides further development of students’ knowledge of the target language beyond that 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 and develop the transferable skills necessary for studying and/or working abroad
  • To introduce the linguistic structures and terminology which will enable them to pursue academic goals in the target language and to develop the skills which will facilitate their integration into the socio-cultural and academic environment of the target language

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:

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

Overall, students will attain a level comparable to A2 / B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Teaching details

This unit will be taught online only in 2021-22. 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

Timed online examination which includes Reading, Writing and Listening – 75% - assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

  • In-class presentation / speaking exercise to assess oral – 25% - assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3

Reading and References

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