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FREN2010 French Language in Contexts

20 creditsClass Size: 145

Module manager: Karima Gaci

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Satisfactory completion of Level 1 French or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

FREN2015Language in Contexts

Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This core module introduces students to the study of style and register in written and spoken French. A major difference between English and French is the way in which spoken French diverges from written French and how the distinction between informal and formal usage is much greater in French than it is in English.The aim is, therefore, to develop awareness and understanding of how language is affected by variation in register and by linguistic choices in vocabulary and grammar. As well as extending your mastery of the core grammatical areas of French, you will be seeking to acquire the means to express yourself with sensitivity to the social context, through - amongst other exercises - the regular practice of translation. The module is based on fortnightly grammar lectures and two hourly seminars per week: one written language seminar and a travaux pratiques class with a native lecteur / lectrice designed to improve your oral skills through presentations, debates and role-play.


Building on the language skills achieved in Level 1 the principal objectives of the Level 2 course are:
- to enhance written skills and consolidate knowledge and mastery of French grammar;
- to introduce students to the mastery of several different types of written French through the study of style, register, text-types and, amongst other exercises, the regular practice of translation;
- to provide students with a practical, linguistically-orientated preparation for their residence abroad.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students should:
- have a thorough knowledge of French grammar and syntax;
and should be able to:
- understand authentic speech, audio recordings and written texts of a variety of subject and type;
- differentiate between a range of registers and styles in spoken and written French and use them appropriately;
- translate between French and English, using the vocabulary, syntax and phraseology appropriate to the target language;
- express themselves fluently and accurately in French and in English;
- identify and pursue their individual needs for independent study.


Fortnightly grammar lectures, one 1-hour written language class and one 1-hour 'travaux pratiques' class per week.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class201.0020.00
Oral Class191.0019.00
Private study hours152.00
Total Contact hours48.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Backround reading for seminars and oral classes; preparation for presentations; researching for media project; revision for exam

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Five marked written pieces per semester (translations, correspondence in French); feedback on pronunciation in Travaux Pratiques classes

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalSpeaking Task20.00
EssayComparative piece on French journalism20.00
PracticalAnnotated Translation20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

Early in the Semester 1 exam period

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 08/10/2019


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