Module code: FRE2035

Module Overview

This module is taught in the target language in semester 1 of FHEQ Level 5.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

ARCHER Leona (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Indicative content includes:

  • Identifying and evaluating appropriate source materials

  • Extracting and synthesizing information

  • Integrating source materials with their own thinking

  • Reflecting critically on their own and others’ perspectives

  • Distinguishing fact from opinion in the source material

  • Presenting facts vs. opinions

  • Linking thoughts, ideas and arguments; oral and written signposts for constructing an argument

  • Data commentary

  • Referencing skills and bibliography writing

  • Register and style

  • Presenting research in written and spoken modes

  • Methods of self-and peer-assessment of spoken and written texts

  • Advanced grammar topics

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation ORAL PRESENTATION 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 take notes effectively and use IT skills to find and present relevant information;

  • Subject-specific knowledge of Spanish language in a professional and academic environment.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • oral examination - focus group. Students prepare and carry out a collaborative focus group in the target language on a given topic, allowing students to improve oral language and presentation ability and develop research skills.

  • research essay (1500 words). Takes the form of a literature review and an analytical essay enabling students to develop subject specific knowledge, improve their written Spanish, and develop research skills.


Assessment Feedback

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

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

Module aims

  • This module aims to further develop the linguistic skills acquired in Language I and II to enable students to communicate effectively and accurately in the target language in specific academic and work related contexts and to produce complex, sophisticated and accurate written and spoken texts.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Write extended research essays in French CKT
002 Express and discuss opinions with a high degree of fluency and appropriateness in French CKPT
003 Understand and use advanced grammatical / syntactical structures in French CPT
004 Interact confidently and with a good degree of fluency and appropriateness in a range of academic and professional contexts CPT
005 Give feedback to peers and self-assess their written and spoken language CPT
006 Recognise and avoid first-language inference CPT

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 develop their language skills as a medium for understanding, expression and communication, through listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language;

  • 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 research skills, through reading and presenting findings, through informal class presentations and in the written assignment;

  • 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 1.

  • 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.

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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
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
English Literature and French 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 2020/1 academic year.