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Unit information: French Language in 2015/16

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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. Duranton
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of French
Faculty Faculty of Arts


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 both orally and in writing with a reasonable degree of accuracy

and fluency.

  1. be able to work with authentic material and retrieve necessary information.

Overall, students will attain a level comparable to B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF).

Teaching details

3-4 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 Details

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 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

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

In order to progress into Year 2, students 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