French Language Level C1 - FR649

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) DR WLP Duffy


Prerequisite: FR648 (equivalent to French Level B2)

This module is open to bilingual students with secondary education in a Francophone country, and French native speakers.


This module is available as a wild module



Three topics are covered each week: advanced written skills, oral/aural skills, translation. Students develop the four linguistic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) to an advanced level where they can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, recognise implicit meaning, and produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

This will module will be taught by means of a one-hour translation seminar, a one-hour advanced written skills seminar and a one-hour conversation seminar for twenty weeks.

Method of assessment

40% coursework, 20% in-course test and 40% examination

Preliminary reading

Indicative Reading:

Armstrong, N. (2005) Translation, Linguistics, Culture: A French-English Handbook. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
Chuquet, H. and Paillard, M. (2004) Approche linguistique des problèmes de traduction anglais-français. Paris: Ophrys.
Hawkins, R. and Towell R. (2015) French Grammar and Usage, 4th edition, Oxford: Routledge.
Hawkins, R. and Towell R. (2015) Practicing French Grammar, 4th edition, Oxford: Routledge.
Hervey, S. and Higgins, I. (2002) Thinking French Translation: a course in translation method: French-English, second edition. Oxford: Routledge.
Hiernard, J.M. (2003) Les règles d'or de la traduction anglais/français - français/anglais. Paris: Ellipses.
Meertens, R. (2012) Guide anglais-français de la traduction. Paris: Chiron.
Vinay, J.-P. and Darbelnet, J. (2013) Stylistique Comparée du Français et de l' anglais. Paris: Didier.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Demonstrate consolidated and extended translation skills. This is done via exposure to a selection of texts covering a range of registers and topic areas, including the journalistic and the literary;
8.2 Demonstrate consolidated and extended ability to accurately recognise and use a range of registers in French, and gained enhanced sensitivity to the equivalent English registers;
8.3 Demonstrate perfected linguistic skills by means of studying grammatical and lexical subtleties of the French language;
8.4 Demonstrate advanced written production skills;
8.5 Analysed and gained a deeper understanding of concepts (both linguistic and cultural), and the relation between such concepts, in both French and English;
8.6 Demonstrate the benefit of having had regular oral practice in French on an extensive range of topics, including academic topics, at an advanced level.

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