French Intermediate B1-B2 (Intensive) - FREN6520

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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) Larry Duffy checkmark-circle


This module is the natural follow-on for those who have, in the previous academic year, successfully taken an intensive beginners French course such as FR330, and who have covered the basics of grammar, acquired a stock of high frequency vocabulary and reached a degree of proficiency beyond GCSE and approaching A-level (A2 waystage in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference).

This module is designed to allow students, upon completion, to demonstrate a level of ability up to B2 threshold, turning students into independent users of French in both oral and written contexts. The course is thus also designed to prepare students for their year abroad and independent life in France as a foreign country. This module is an intensive course, which develops the student's active and passive aural and written skills.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 80

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 (15 minutes) – 10%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Akyuz, A., Bazell-Shahmei, B., & Bonenfant, J. (2012). Bescherelle. L'orthographe pour tous. Paris: Hatier.
Dollez, C. & Pons, S. (2007). Alter Ego 3, B1, Livre de l'élève + CD Audio. Paris: Hachette.
Lesot, A. (2013). Bescherelle. Le vocabulaire pour tous. Paris: Hatier.
Murail, M. (2012). Bescherelle. La conjugaison pour tous. Paris: Hatier.
Oxford Essential French Dictionary, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2010).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate increased vocabulary, improved knowledge and critical understanding of the French language;
Demonstrate enhanced 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 know how to apply their knowledge and understanding of the language in new and varied contexts;
Show knowledge of French through translation and essay writing, and by summarising material and expressing opinions on a variety of topics;
Converse with a native speaker of French on course topics;
Demonstrate the ability to write grammatically correct French, in formal and informal contexts.


  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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