Module code: LF1010
Number of Aston credits: 10
Entry requirements: French Intermediate I or GCSE grade C and above Language of Delivery: 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 2
Module convenor: Dr Emmanuelle Labeau Other staff contributing to module: Ms Céline Benoît
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This module is designed to develop the knowledge of the French language built on the previous module: Intermediate French I. 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.
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 Describing Asking for and giving opinions Following/giving instructions Asking for things Expressing ability Using numbers and expressing quantity Expressing time Agreeing/disagreeing Comparing 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 Advanced French I.
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:
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
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
Formative and summative feedback following the oral presentation.
Summative written feedback as part of the marking process for the exam.
Berthet, A., Hugot, C., Kizirian, V.M, Sampsonis, B. & Waendendries, M. (2006) Alter Ego. Méthode de français 1. Paris: Hachette.
Hawkins, R. and Towell, R. (2010) French grammar and usage. London, Arnold
Bescherelle (1986) Complete Guide to Conjugating 12000 French Verbs (English Edition) (Bescherelle 1), Paris: Hatier.
Spratbrow, A. (2001) What you must know. Paris: Casteilla.
Oxford-Hachette. French-English Dictionary Oxford: OUP(or equivalent bilingual dictionary).
Terrell, T. D., Rogers, M., Kerr, B., Spielmann, G. (2001) Deux Mondes: Student Version: A Communicative Approach (4th ed). New-York: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. A list of useful electronic resources is also available on Blackboard.
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