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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FLTU1333 Upper Intermediate French 20 credits, Semesters 1&2

20 creditsClass Size: 18

Module manager: Nathalie Lawson

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

FLTU 1323, 1322, CEFR B1, AS Grades A - C or equivalent in this language.

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This module is for students who already have a good grade at AS/CEFR B1 or equivalent and wish to take their French to the next level. The emphasis is on achieving a good level of communication and accuracy in speaking, listening, reading and writing in both formal and informal registers. The module includes a portfolio of independent work and a mini-research project which provides the opportunity to research an area related to a French-speaking country and/or the student’s area of study through the medium of French. Communication skills which will be developed include discussion, interview techniques, presentation skills, reporting skills and writing a report.


To consolidate knowledge of the French language at upper intermediate/AS/CEFR B1 level and develop skills and competence up to A2/CEFR B1/B2. On completion of the module, students should be able to exchange on familiar and unfamiliar topics both orally and in writing, understand longer, more complex reading and listening material and demonstrate knowledge of key aspects of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should be able to:
- Communicate in the target language in a range of social and professional contexts
- Understand and use appropriately and accurately upper intermediate grammar including the use of all past tenses and the subjunctive
- Demonstrate proficiency in listening through accurately extracting key information from audio sources
- Demonstrate proficiency in reading through accurately extracting key information from written sources
- Produce longer pieces of writing in the target language with an appropriate degree of accuracy and fluency
- Demonstrate knowledge of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of French and English


- Review of language/grammar covered at lower intermediate level
- Giving and asking for opinions, analysis of different interpretations,
- Evaluating opinions and drawing conclusions; agreement or disagreement
- Talking about cause and effect
- Current affairs covering areas such as the environment, the arts, culture, entertainment and media

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class212.0042.00
Private study hours158.00
Total Contact hours42.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Guided independent study
- Preparation of coursework
- Preparation for final assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Class participation, speaking and writing tasks.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentWritten Task35.00
AssignmentSpeaking task35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)70.00

The resit will take the form of a writing task.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 15 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)30.00

The resit will take the form of a portfolio containing one task per skill (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 17/02/2021 17:29:14


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