Pre-requisite modules: FR300 or FR330 (or equivalent to French Level B1)
This module is not available for bilingual students and French native (or near native) speakers with secondary education in a Francophone country.
This module is available as a wild module
OverviewThree topics are covered each week: grammar, oral/aural skills, and written skills. Students will develop the four linguistic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) to a level where they can confidently understand and convey information about themselves and their environment in all the tenses, and express their feelings and wishes in the conditional and subjunctive moods. They can account for and sustain views clearly by providing relevant explanations and arguments for and against particular points of view.
This module appears in:
Three one-hour seminars for twenty weeks
Method of assessment
20% coursework, 40% in-course test and 40% examination
Module Workbook (grammar, vocabulary, texts for aural/oral and written skills)
Hawkins, R. and Towell, R. (2015) French Grammar and Usage 4th edition, Oxford: Routledge.
Hawkins, R., Towell, R. and Lamy M.-N. (2015) Practising French Grammar: A Workbook 4th edition, Oxford: Routledge.
Delatour Y., Jennepin, D., Léon-Dufour, M. (2015) Nouvelle Grammaire du Français: Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, Paris: Hachette.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Understand standard speech spoken at a normal rate and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. They will be able to understand the essentials of lectures and most TV news and current affairs programmes and can understand the majority of films in standard dialect [listening];
8.2 Understand articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular stances or viewpoints. They will be able to understand contemporary literary prose and can adapt style and speed of reading to different texts and purposes, using appropriate reference-sources selectively [reading];
8.3 Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible. They will be able to take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts and can account for and sustain views clearly by providing relevant explanations and arguments [spoken interaction];
8.4 Present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to their field of interest, expanding and supporting ideas with subsidiary points and relevant examples. They will be able to explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options [spoken production];
8.5 Write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to their interests. They will be able to write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view. They will be able to write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences [writing].