Module code: FRE1067

Module Overview

This module is taught in French in semester 1 of FHEQ Level 4.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

BANTMAN Constance (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Seminar Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

The following areas are indicative of topics to be covered:

  • Collecting and selecting information

  • Analysis of different written and spoken texts

  • Structuring spoken and written texts

  • Taking notes and summarising information from spoken and written texts

  • Expressing opinions in written and spoken contexts

  • The grammar of spoken and written French

  • Grammatical terminology in French

  • Listening comprehension

  • Strategies for effective listening and reading in French

  • Cohesion and coherence

  • Avoiding plagiarism – in-text and bibliographic referencing

  • Effective use of reference materials (e.g. grammar books, dictionaries, other reference works)

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Written assignment 20
Practical based assessment Listening task 20
Oral exam or presentation Speaking task 20
Examination Examination 40

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • Knowledge and understanding of the use of the target language;

  • Ability to analyse and interpret texts;

  • Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;

  • Ability to use IT skills to find and present relevant information;

  • Subject-specific knowledge of French history and culture.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • An integrated skills portfolio, containing a variety of oral and written tasks handed in as coursework throughout the semester;

  • A final exam of two hours, usually consisting of two of the tasks practised during the semester.

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module;

  • Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments;

  • Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.

Module aims

  • This module aims to develop the linguistic skills to enable the students to participate and communicate effectively in a range of academic contexts.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Categorise and analyse a range of text types using critical and evaluative thinking CT
002 Paraphrase and summarize spoken and written information CKPT
003 Organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument CKPT
004 Retrieve and handle information from appropriate sources CKPT
005 Understand and use the grammatical terminology relating to the topics covered CK
006 Interact confidently and with some degree of fluency and appropriateness in French in a range of academic situations CKPT
007 Understand and interpret spoken and written French in a range of academic situations and on a range of topics CKPT
008 Demonstrate a good degree of grammatical accuracy in their use of basic French grammar CKPT
009 Demonstrate a good degree of accuracy in their pronunciation of individual sounds of French CKPT
010 Use language reference materials such as grammars and specialised dictionaries CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


  • Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through attending classes and reading in the target language;

  • Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;

  • Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;

  • Develop research skills, through reading and presenting findings, through informal class presentations and in the assignments;

  • Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study.

  • Develop communication skills through interactions in class.

The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Three contact hours per week over Semester 2.

  • Classes will include lectures and seminars;

  • Students are expected to read extensively outside classes in order to follow lectures and participate in seminars.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature and French BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (French and Spanish) BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management and French BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (French with German) BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.