Course 3 (French) Study Abroad Term 2

Module summary

Module code: FREN1014
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Humanities and Social Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Cecile Laval


Pre and co requisites

The course is designed for students with intermediate knowledge of the language who can express an opinion and explain a viewpoint in the target language.


The study of the target language at all levels will involve the development of three key areas:

a) the ability to use the target language for purpose of understanding, expression and communication;
b) the ability to acquire the explicit knowledge of the language;
c) the ability to develop cultural and intercultural awareness and understanding of the target language community and society.

The specific aims of the course are:

1) to enable students to communicate competently, both in writing and orally in a variety of social and professional environments;
2) to enable students to show an understanding of contemporary issues relating to the target country.
3) to demonstrate familiarity with the grammar and vocational lexis in the
written and spoken language;
4) to help students to demonstrate comprehension of foreign language texts and documents in the target language;
5) show an awareness of register through use of language appropriate to a range of formal and informal situations.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

1. develop communicative skills in a professional and vocational context;
2. show an understanding of contemporary social and economic issues in the target country;
3 develop an in-depth understanding of the structure of the language;
4. be able to exploit for a variety of purposes a range of materials written or spoken in the target language;
5. develop active use of grammar in the written and spoken language.

Indicative content

Each language produces its own teaching programme.

Teaching and learning activity

Language Learning will require 2 hours teaching contact-hours and 1 hour conversation class with a native speaker (learners will be asked to complete an oral portfolio). Learners will be required to gain access and complete a wide range of activities in the Language Centre as part of their study (portfolio).

Language learning will involve the followings:

a) the exposure to authentic material (target-language material in a variety of forms: written texts; listening comprehension activities; oral presentations; reading activities);
b) the learning of the grammatical structure of the target language;
c) the use of a variety of language-learning resources (e.g. CALL programmes and self-access exercises).

The course will draw on all the usual methods used in communicative language teaching. The teaching will be conducted in the target language and will involve class participation in discussion and group work. Students' autonomy will be encouraged and students should be prepared to work on their own in the Language Centre as part of the course. The course will make use of written, IT and audio-visual materials in addition to text-based information.

Language Teaching will include:

a) pair and group work;
b) discussion on prepared topics;
c) supervision of independent study learning;
d) collection, selection, presentation and evaluation of material on a given topic (both oral and written).


Portfolio - 50%
Formative and summative assessment including an independent language learning component. It requires regular work throughout the year. It involves listening, speaking, reading and written activities using the resources in the Language Centre.

Oral Assessment - 50%
The oral assessment may include oral presentations, participation in structured oral discussions, role-plays.

Pass mark - 40%