French Upper Intermediate B2 - FREN6480

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 5 30 (15) Lucy O'Meara checkmark-circle


This module is an intermediate level module. Its aims are to strengthen and widen the linguistic knowledge provided in FREN3000 (French Lower Intermediate B1), to consolidate students' vocabulary and improve their knowledge of written and spoken French through immersion in a variety of texts, and to practise translation skills both from and into French.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 60

Method of assessment

Essay (600 words) – 15%
English to French Translation Assignment (400 words) – 15%
Guided Comprehension Assignment (500 words) – 15%
Audio-visual Comprehension In-Course Test (40 minutes) – 15%
Written Examination (3 hours) – 30%
Oral Examination (10-15 minutes) – 10%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Delatour Y., Jennepin, D., Léon-Dufour, M. (2015). Nouvelle Grammaire du Français: Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, Paris: Hachette.
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.

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. students 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.

The subject specific learning outcomes comply with the requirements/specifications for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, level B2.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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