Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

European Languages (French 4)

Course summary

Course code: FREN1004
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Literature, Language and Theatre
Course Coordinator(s): Cecile Laval

Specification

Pre and co requisites

The course is designed for students who have successfully completed course 3 in the language or who is at post A Level or CEFR (B2) or equivalent and who have spent a period of time in the target language country prior to joining the course.

Aims

This course will make appropriate use of textbook and authentic resources in the target language and will involve the development of the three key areas: the ability to use the target language at proficient level for the purpose of communication and comprehension; the ability to develop cultural and intercultural awareness and understanding of the target language community and society; the ability to demonstrate appropriate use of style and register in different situations. The specific aims of the course are: to use the target language for the purpose of communication in a range of oral and written tasks, such as in professional and formal correspondence, presentation and interview in order to prepare students for a period of time abroad; to show an understanding of contemporary social and economic issues in the target country; to promote comprehension and use of language registers appropriate to different situations; to develop students' active use of grammar in the written and spoken language; to help students develop strategies for self-assessment and encourage autonomy.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course the student will reach the equivalent of the C1 level of the CEFR.

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 demonstrate communicative competence by expressing him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions in a range of oral and written tasks, such as in professional and formal correspondence, presentation and interview
2 show an understanding of contemporary social and economic issues in the target country
3 demonstrate familiarity with the grammar and vocational lexis in the written and spoken language in a wide range of demanding, longer texts or debates, and recognise implicit meaning
4 show an awareness of register through flexible and effective use of language appropriate to a range of formal and informal situations and for social, academic and professional purposes
5 use the language competently and effectively in professional and social situations by producing clear, well-structured, detailed text or presentations on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices


Indicative content

To be indicated to students of French by the Language Course co-ordinator at the start of the semester.

Teaching and learning activity

To ensure maximum accessibility to the programme students are required to attend a two hour block and one hour conversation class plus language portfolio workshop.

Assessment

Exam - 50% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1,2,3,4.
Outline Details - 3 hour end of year exam assessing reading and writing skills.

Portfolio - 25% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1-5.
Outline Details - assessing all four skills (Oral, Listening, Writing and Reading).

Oral - 25% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1-5.
Outline Details - In class assessment of listening and speaking skills.

Students are not required to pass all components in order to pass the course.