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Unit information: French for Specific Purposes Level 2 Grade 1 in 2015/16

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Unit name French for Specific Purposes Level 2 Grade 1
Unit code LANG21022
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mrs. Duranton
Open unit status Open

Satisfactory Completion of French Level 1 Grade 1 LANG11042



School/department Department of French
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is designed to follow on from the French Level 1 Grade 1 unit (ab-initio entry level)

The unit aims to consolidate and develop general language structures and functions, and to introduce basic specialist concepts and terminology. This will enable students to develop their existing knowledge of the language in to areas related to professional life, with particular emphasis on the skills necessary for working in an international environment. The unit includes: practice in the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), grammer and vocabulary development, cultural and social aspects of the language, presentation skills and academic writing. The unit will include: -general communication skills -academic listening and note-taking skills -academic and sub-technical language -academic reading and writing skills -subject specific language -oral presentation skills -cultural and social aspects of the language -e-learning opportunites

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able:

  1. to produce accurate and fluent spoken and written language in a variety of registers;
  2. to understand written and spoken language studied at an upper-intermediate / lower advanced level and
  3. to demonstrate skills that can be put into practice if they spend time abroad in a country where the language is spoken.

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

Teaching Information

3 hours of teaching per week covering all four topics of Reading writing speaking and listening. Classroom based learning is supplemented by online access to resources delivered via Blackboard. Regular formative homework is set.

Assessment Information

The four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are assigned equal weighting for the purposes of assessment (25% each). For reading there is a formal examination in the summer examination period, which comprises 25% of the total mark. This assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Writing is assessed by a coursework assignment, which comprises 25% of the total mark, and is completed over the course of TB1 and TB2. This assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3 and 5.

Listening is assessed by continuous assessment, consisting of listening assignments and class tests, which comprise 25% of the total mark. Both assess ILOs 1 and 2.

Speaking is tested by continuous assessment, which comprises 25% of the total mark. It consists of marked coursework (oral presentation at the end of TB1, - assessing ILOs 1, 2 and 3) and an oral exam at the end of TB2 (assessing 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.