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Unit information: French Language 2 in 2015/16

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Unit name French Language 2
Unit code FREN20001
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mrs. Duranton
Open unit status Not open

Relevant core language unit at level C/4



School/department Department of French
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

To revise and deepen knowledge acquired in 1st year of the specified language, to practise and develop students’ oral, aural, reading writing and translation skills; to give students further linguistic skills and cultural background in preparation for residence abroad.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be more confident in their ability:

  1. to produce accurate and fluent spoken and written language in a variety of registers;
  2. to understand written and spoken language studied at a more sophisticated level and
  3. to put their skills into practice during their time abroad.

Overall, students will attain a level comparable to B2/C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF).

Teaching Information

3 weekly contact hours dedicated to the development of key skills. Mostly seminar based but may include some lectures for the delivery of grammar lessons. Ongoing e-learning tasks via Blackboard. Regular formative feedback on set homework.

Assessment Information

One 3 hour exam (75%) plus continuous assessment (25%)

The exam assesses the three written skills. Continuous assessment tests the oral and aural skills.

25% - Translation - 100% exam

25% - Guided writing - 100% exam

25% - Composition - 100% exam

25% - Oral(70%)/Aural(30%) split - 100% continuous assessment

The four key skills are; ‘Composition’, ‘Translation’, ‘Guided Writing’ and ‘Oral/Aural’.

‘Composition’, assesses the students’ ability to communicate in the longer written form in the target language, which can include essay writing. ILOs assessed: i, ii

‘Translation’ assesses the students’ ability to translate accurately and fluently into and out of the target language. ILOs assessed: i, ii

‘Guided Writing’, sometimes also known as ‘Mediation into the Target Language’, assesses the students’ skills in reading comprehension and in expressing material in the target language (French) in prose form (including condensing, translation into the target language, rephrasing, asking them to respond to structured or guided questions related to a given text, etc). It may also assess students’ metalinguistic and lexical competence (i.e. grammar and vocabulary). ILOs assessed: i, ii, iii

‘Oral/Aural’ assesses the students’ verbal and listening skills, communicating verbally and in comprehension of the spoken language. ILOs assessed: i, ii, iii

In order to progress into Year 3, students would need to achieve a pass mark (40) in their overall language mark. 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.

Reading and References

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