Module code: FRE3021

Module Overview

This module is taught in the target language in semester 2 of FHEQ Level 6



Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

MARLEY Dawn (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 51

Seminar Hours: 22

Guided Learning: 66

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Development of the French language;

  • Development of other languages of France;

  • Language developments today: ‘crisis’; impact of foreign languages; impact of technology;

  • Overview of language contact situations arising from French colonial expansion;

  • Decolonisation and development of la Francophonie;

  • The French-speaking world today – individual cases. 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

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 French sociolinguistics.



Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Written assignment of 2,500 words (to be submitted after week 11). Takes the form of an extended essay, enabling students to demonstrate subject specific knowledge, command of written French, and research skills.

  • Individual class presentation (recorded). Students record a 12 minute presentation, with ppt slides, on a topic selected from a list provided. This enables students to demonstrate communicative and presentation skills, as well as subject-specific knowledge, command of spoken and written French, and research skills.



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

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of how the French language and other languages of France have evolved and are currently evolving, in a sociolinguistic perspective.
  • To increase knowledge and understanding of the different ways in which the French language has developed around the world. 

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand how and why French became the language of France; KC
2 Know how and why the other languages of France have developed differently KC
3   be able to use sociolinguistic terms to describe and discuss the languages of France; KC
4 Know how French became a world language and understand the processes involved. KC
5 Have acquired knowledge about the historical and contemporary impact of French language and culture around the world. KC
6 Have gained a general understanding of various sociolinguistic phenomena in a variety of specific geographical and cultural contexts. KC
7 Be able to undertake independent research into related areas and present their ideas in written form, using a range of sources PT
8 Be able to undertake independent research and present their ideas in an oral presentation. PT

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 deepen 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;

  • Acquire an in-depth knowledge of the sociolinguistics of France and the French-speaking world.


The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Two 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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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Modern Languages (French and Spanish) BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (French with German) BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and French BA (Hons) 1 Optional 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 2022/3 academic year.