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FREN1010 French Language Awareness and Skills

20 creditsClass Size: 182

Module manager: Amanda Deacon

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Entry qualifications to appropriate French programme, or equivalent linguistic competence (this would normally be grade B in French at A level CEFR B1+/B2-)

This module is mutually exclusive with

FLTU1345Advanced French

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The first year French language course at Leeds focuses on the essential elements of French grammar, written and spoken competence at post A level (CEFR B1+) backing up lectures and weekly language classes with exercises available online on the university VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).In addition to the weekly written language seminars, all students spend one hour a week in a small group class with a native speaker lecteur/lectrice. These classes aim to improve aural and oral skills through exercises such as listening practice, debates, presentations and discussions.All university courses in French emphasise the need to aim at grammatical accuracy.


1. to reinforce and extend students’ knowledge of French grammar and to introduce them to the analysis of sentence structure.
2. to develop students’ awareness of the requirements for writing correct French and of register/français soutenu.
3. to develop students’ competence in spoken French with particular reference to the presentation of structured argument, summary, and exposé.
4. to develop students’ awareness of register in language with particular to distinctions between spoken and written French.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the first year student should have consolidated their existing competences at CEFR B1+/B2 with a particular focus on developing grammatical accuracy.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
- understand and participate in general conversation on a variety of subjects;
- read authentic texts on a variety of subjects;
-recognise, describe and use the essentials of French grammar and syntax;
-express themselves fluently and accurately in French and in English;
- organise their own independent study of the French language and culture.


10 grammar lectures, and weekly language seminars.

Both grammar seminars and Travaux Pratiques classes have formative tasks leading to the formal assessments in both written and spoken language

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class201.0020.00
Oral Class201.0020.00
Private study hours150.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Regular preparation for classes
- Peparation of coursework
- Preparation for exam
- Preparation for oral exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular homework (approximately 3 pieces per semester) marked by a tutor and with individual written feedback. Practice 'Contôle Continu' mid semester 1The assessed 'Contôle Continu' is completed at the end of semester 1 and allows students to have an early evaluation of their performance on the module. Practice /mock exam in semester 2

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentControle continu30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 20 mins30.00
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

A pass is required in the end of year closed exam in order to pass this module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/04/2018


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