Module code: LF1009
Number of Aston credits: 10
Entry requirements: Beginners French II or GCSE grade C
Language of Delivery: Mainly French
Fees (2013/14): £300 for a double module (20 credits) and £175 for a single (module 10 credits). Pay online.
Duration: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks per module
Teaching Period when Offered: Teaching Period 1
Module Convenor: Dr Emmanuelle Labeau
Other staff contributing to the module: Ms Céline Benoît
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This module is designed to develop the knowledge of the French language built on the previous modules: French for Beginners I and II.
The module content follows the Languages Ladder framework, provides student with the basic structures needed at this level, and ensures progression in language ability and proficiency.
Language purposes and functions:
- Taking part in social situations (e.g. greeting/responding to greetings; expressing thanks; apologising)
- Repairing communication (e.g. asking for repetition, checking meaning)
- Giving information
- Asking/answering questions
- Asking for and giving opinions
- Following/giving instructions
- Asking for things
- Expressing ability
- Using numbers and expressing quantity
- Expressing time
- Giving reasons
- Expressing preferences
- Making and responding to suggestions
- Expressing obligation and lack of obligation
- Expressing feelings and emotions
- Talking about the present
- Talking about the future
- Talking about the past
It is an intermediate-level module developed with the purpose of teaching students to express, interpret, and negotiate meaning in context. The module emphasises the functional use of language within a proficiency-oriented framework. The development of the basic skills – listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural awareness-are given equal weight and are taught as building blocks toward proficiency and communication. At the end of this course students will be entitled to take Intermediate French II.
This module aims to consolidate and expand the fundamentals of French language acquire at the level of French for Beginners I and II This course offers a practical knowledge of Francophone cultures and the French language as spoken by native speakers. This practical knowledge will be developed in five areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural competence. Furthermore, this course will consolidate the fundamentals of French grammar at intermediate level.
The course is organized around interactive and communicative activities that will allow students to build all skills in the most effective way.
On completion of this module students will have acquired the following skills.
Knowledge and understanding: students will be able to
- The primary goal is to offer students an opportunity to review existing and acquire new communicative skills in French at an intermediate level.
- Continue to increase vocabulary foundation in order to increase language skills
- Continue use of acquired grammatical structures
Cognitive skills: students will be able to
Ability to demonstrate comprehension of French spoken at normal speed on a variety of selected topics in various formats.
Ability to demonstrate the use of conversational skills in a variety of communicative situations.
Ability to demonstrate accurate reading comprehension of cultural issues.
Ability to produce written French to meet practical needs as well as creative expression.
Subject-specific skills: students will be able to
Develop working knowledge of grammar structures in context.
Listen to passages, or conversations, and answer questions about the content.
Read authentic texts and answer questions about the content.
Write compositions using acquired vocabulary and grammatical structures.
Engage in and sustain face to face conversation with others about a variety of topics
Transferable skills: students will have practised
- Using different learning resources available in print or on-line
- Working autonomously inside and outside the classroom, to further their knowledge of French through independent learning skills;
- Working in pairs and groups to practise and consolidate written and spoken communicative competence.
- Continuing to use the Internet to acquire information about the French speaking world.
The course will be delivered in French. English will be used only if necessary or requested by students in particular situations or grammar explanations. Students are expected to use the target language as a means of communication in the classroom. Each lesson will aim to develop the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and to deepen knowledge and understanding of the grammar and lexis of the French language. Cultural aspects of the language that can help or hinder interaction with native speakers of French will be explored.
In this module students will engage in a variety of activities and assignments such as:
Communication and practice using vocabulary and grammar learned in oral and written modes
Reading activities and exercises
Writing activities ranging from short paragraphs to compositions
Integration of skills in tasks and activities, both in small groups and as a class
Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to practise the four skills outside the classroom. They will be expected to take advantage of the learning resources available in the LES to practise, revise and consolidate their learning of the French language.
The module will consist of two contact hours per week.
A minimum of 2-3 hours a week, in addition to the 2 taught hours, should be devoted to French outside the classroom to complete work set by the tutor, assignments on grammar structures, learn and revise vocabulary and practise reading, writing, and listening skills.
How are the total Learning Hours per module achieved?
Private Study & Assessment
10 credits = 100 hours, 20 credits = 200 hours
Feedback will be given through:
- A 5-min (approx.) oral presentation and discussion in week 10. Students will prepare a topic in advance, by agreement with tutor, for this presentation. They will be able to use one page of A4, containing key words only, to assist with their presentation. The page of notes should be approved beforehand by the tutor.
- A 30-min listening test in week 11.
- A 2-hour exam (grammar and vocabulary exercises, reading comprehension, and a written composition) (examination period). No dictionary allowed.
Students are advised that all marks obtained in tests are subject to moderation, and that in case of cohort’s averages above the University standards, the group’s results will be scaled according to the list published in the LSS Assessment Handbook for Undergraduate Programmes and on the UWLP website.
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