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FREN9010 French Language Stage 4

Module Overview

The aim of every language course at the University is to enable you to communicate in your target language (TL) at that particular level and in your particular area of interest. We use the word ‘communicate’ in its widest sense, meaning that you will not only be able to talk to people in the language but also to develop your proficiency in listening, reading, and writing. This means that the module aims for you to understand all the things which affect communication in that language, including knowledge of how the language is used, how it works and how to analyse it, and the cultural contexts in which it is spoken. This particular module is aimed at students having already achieved A or B in their A-Level or having successfully met the learning outcomes of stage 3B.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • increased speed of understanding in passive skills (written and spoken target language)
  • enhanced competence in productive skills (speaking and writing in the target language)
  • use more regularly more advanced structures and lexis
  • increased knowledge and understanding of contemporary country-ies- and cultures-specific issues
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources
  • engage in analytical and evaluative thinking appropriate to language learning skills
  • develop problem-solving skills to develop your use and understanding of language learning skills
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply learning, research and organisational skills, including mnemonic skills
  • Engage in a range of communication skills: written, oral, and IT
  • Evidence intercultural and interpersonal skills
  • Manage your tasks effectively


This module will integrate topics and, where appropriate, specialist cultural, grammatical, linguistic areas with the study of the language appropriate to the language stage. Course books, reference material and topic-based material will be used as appropriate. Much of the material will be derived from authentic print and audio-visual media. Independent learning material will be available in the Learning Commons, the Library and on Blackboard.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The combination of direct teaching, opportunities for participation, and support for resource-based independent study are specifically designed to ensure that you can achieve communicative competence as outlined in the learning outcomes above. Classes Although part of any class session is likely to involve direct teaching, the emphasis is on student participation and you will be expected to take part actively in discussion and in tasks like small group and pair work, role play, and individual or group presentations. As much of the class as possible will be taught in the target language. While all this may seem daunting, the tutor will give you plenty of support to build your confidence and, particularly in the case of assessed work, will provide feedback which will help you to improve. Independent Learning You will also be expected to spend time studying outside the class, and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. As you progress through the language stages, you will learn to understand, monitor and improve your own learning style; you will also acquire some expertise as a researcher and develop the kind of key skills which are valued by employers. You are encouraged to use the Learning Commons area at the Avenue Campus and the Hartley Library on the main campus in the University where relevant. These facilities include on-line and computer-based resources, films on DVD, current newspapers and magazines (soft and hard copies), books (fiction and non fiction), grammatical resources, dictionaries and other self- access materials. Some of the resources are available on short loan. For this Stage, you will be asked to consolidate your class work, to read, watch or listen to material in the target language, to prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write assignments, undertake projects and continue to build a repertoire of effective language learning strategies.

Follow-up work48
Preparation for scheduled sessions48
Wider reading or practice48
Completion of assessment task44
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Mike Thacker and Casimir d'Angelo. Essential French Grammar. 

Booklet. a course dossier will be provided to students at the start of each semester which will be used in all the text-classes


Assessment Strategy

At the beginning of the module, you will receive information about your assessment. This will include: - what tasks you will be expected to carry out. - clear criteria against which your work will be assessed. - what the provisional date and deadline of each assessment task is. Note that it is the responsibility of students to ensure that they have read and understood this documentation, to plan their work schedule in advance, and to keep to the deadlines. If you are in any doubt, talk to the module coordinator in good time. Assessment will cover what you have studied in class and what you are expected to have acquired as an independent learner. The design of the tasks and the criteria by which they are assessed ensure that you will be able to demonstrate all aspects of your learning: language skills, strategies and knowledge related to language learning, and key skills. Both formative and summative tasks will give you feedback on your progress, that is, feedback which will help you learn. The exams at the end of the module will test what you have achieved and also what you are able to do in real life conditions of language use where you need to think on your feet and use your own linguistic resources.


Written assignment


MethodPercentage contribution
Attendance and engagement 5%
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Integrative Multi Skill Assignment 35%
Integrative Multi Skill Assignment 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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