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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FLTU0030 French for Medicine

20 creditsClass Size: 17

Module manager: Dr Paul Ridley

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

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

AS French, grades A-B; Common European Framework B1 or equivalent

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is for students who already have a grade A or B at AS/A2 level or equivalent, have a background in Medicine/Dentistry/ Healthcare and wish to develop their proficiency in French in a medical context. It is intended for students who have an interest in studying/working in a French-speaking country. The emphasis is on achieving a high level of communication in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The module includes a research project providing the opportunity to research an area related to medicine/dentistry/health in a French-speaking country and present the findings both verbally and in writing. Developing cultural awareness and intercultural communication skills is an important aspect of this module.


To develop the skills and competence of students of Medicine/ Dentistry/Healthcare beyond AS/A2 level. On completion of the module, students should be able to use their clinical skills in a medical setting in a French-speaking country with a high degree of fluency and accuracy. They should be able to research topics, extract, analyse, interpret and evaluate information from a range of appropriate sources for the purpose of presenting this in French in spoken and written form. This module develops the core programme threads of internationalisation and employability and helps students develop global citizenship skills.

Learning outcomes
On completing this module students would be expected to have become familiar with a medical environment in the target culture and to have an understanding of the culture and society. They should be able to interact effectively in French according to the cultural context. They should have increased their knowledge of, and ability to use, the language accurately and with confidence.


- Checking personal information
- eliciting and understanding symptoms
- examining a patient
- preparing a patient’s clinical history
- giving medical advice
- understanding and explaining procedures
- hospital departments and other key vocabulary
- developing cultural awareness and intercultural communication skills
- using the target language to find out about healthcare and developments in the field of medicine in French-speaking countries

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class222.0044.00
Independent online learning hours22.00
Private study hours134.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Weekly private study both guided and independent using a variety or resources; to include a combination of self, peer and tutor-marked work

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

1. Participation in class
2. Regular formative tasks, both self-marked and tutor-marked so that the students get formative feedback and the tutor can gauge progress at regular intervals.
3. Students will be required to submit at least one draft of their presentation and their report for detailed tutor feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectIndividual, 1,200-words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

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 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

The examination will be in the form of a presetation.Students will be examined in pairs.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:40:10


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