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Unit information: French Language in 2019/20

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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. Vailes
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of French
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

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

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

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 class tests (25%)

The four skills are Composition, Translation, Guided Writing and Oral/Aural. They are assigned equal weighting for the purposes of assessment (25% each).

1. Composition - assesses the students’ ability to communicate in the longer written form in the target language. Tested by formal examination (25%). This assesses ILOs 2, 3 and 4.

2. Translation - assesses the students’ ability to translate accurately and fluently into and out of the target language. Tested by formal examination (25%). This assesses ILOs 3, 4 and 5.

3. Guided Writing - assesses the students’ skills in reading comprehension and in expressing material in the target language. It also tests students’ metalinguistic and lexical competence. Tested by formal examination (25%). This assesses ILOs 2, 3, 4 and 5.

4. Oral/Aural - assesses the students’ verbal, listening and comprehension skills. Tested by one exam conducted in class (for aural = 30%) and one oral exam conducted in class (oral= 70%) at the end of the summer teaching block. This assesses ILOs 1, 3, 4 and 5.

In order to progress into Year 2, students would need to achieve an overall pass mark (40) and to have attempted all assessment components. 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 and the student has attempted all components of assessment. Students who receive an overall mark of below 40 will normally be required to re-sit all failed or missed components.

Reading and References

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