French Upper Intermediate B2 - FR648

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring
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5 30 (15) DR S Cooper


Prerequisite: FREN3000 (FR300) – French Lower Intermediate B1; or equivalent ability to B1 of the CEFR must be demonstrated.


This module is not available for bilingual students and French native (or near native) speakers with secondary education in a Francophone country.



This is an intermediate level module. Its aims are to strengthen and widen the linguistic knowledge provided in FR300, to consolidate students' vocabulary and improve their knowledge of written and spoken French through immersion in a variety of texts, and to practice translation skills both from and into French.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 60

Method of assessment

Essay (500 words) – 10%
English to French Translation – 10%
Guided Comprehension – 10%
Grammar Test 1 (40 minutes) – 10%
Grammar Test 2 (40 minutes) – 10%
Audio-visual Comprehension Test (40 minutes) – 10%
Written Examination (3 hours) – 30%
Oral Examination (10-15 minutes) – 10%

Indicative reading

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.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

- Demonstrate increased vocabulary and improved knowledge and critical understanding of the French language;
- Demonstrate perfected skills in French speaking, listening, reading, writing and translation;
- Demonstrate familiarity with sources of information, which will be useful during the year abroad, i.e. they will have learned how to apply their knowledge and understanding of the language in new and varied contexts;
- Show a sophisticated knowledge of French through translation and essay writing, and by summarising and expressing opinions on a variety of topics;
- Converse with a native speaker of French on current issues and course topics;
- Demonstrate the ability to write in a good and grammatically correct French, using a variety of registers and a complex vocabulary, paraphrasing and translating from English to French.

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