2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
FREN1010 French Language Awareness and Skills
20 creditsClass Size: 140
Module manager: Amanda Deacon
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
Pre-requisite qualificationsEntry 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
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe 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.
Objectives1. 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.
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.
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
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||150.00|
|Total Contact hours||49.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||199.00|
Private study- Regular preparation for classes
- Preparation of coursework
- Preparation for exam
- Preparation for oral exam.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackRegular homework (approximately 3 pieces per semester) marked by a tutor and with individual written feedback. Practice written examination mid semester 1. The assessed 'Contôle Continu' is completed at the end of semester 2 and a mock written task in semester 2 is an opportunity for individualised feedback before the final contrôle continu. . Practice /mock speaking exam in class in semester 2.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course Assessment||Controle continu||40.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||40.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Practical Exam / OSCE||0 hr 20 mins||30.00|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||48 hr 00 mins||30.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||60.00|
A pass is required in the written course work in order to pass this module. The format of this exam may be subject to change should the situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic allow. Students will be informed well in advance if this becomes the case.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 11/01/2021 08:35:02
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