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FREN9011 French Language Stage 5

Module Overview

The aim of every language course at the University is to enable you to communicate in your target language 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 course 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.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of every language course at the University is to enable you to communicate in your target language 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 course 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. Successful completion of Stage 5 is approximately equivalent to reaching Levels B2/C1 of the Common European Framework.

Learning Outcomes

Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use language creatively and precisely for a range of purposes and audiences
  • engage with and interpret layers of meaning within texts and other cultural products
  • reflect critically and make judgements in the light of evidence and argument
  • extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources
  • organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument
  • engage in analytical and evaluative thinking
  • develop problem-solving skills.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • be proficient in and know how to learn a foreign language; you will know this is a key skill in its own right
  • communication, presentation, interaction
  • the ability to work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team
  • qualities of empathy
  • self-reliance, initiative, adaptability and flexibility
  • intercultural competence.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use and present material in the target language and one's own language in written and oral forms in a clear and effective manner
  • work autonomously, manifested in self-direction, self-discipline and time management
  • take accurate and effective notes and summarise material
  • research effectively in libraries and handle bibliographic information
  • use target language source materials appropriately
  • write and think under pressure and meet deadlines
  • access electronic resources and use information and communication technologies appropriately.

Syllabus

This Stage is topic-based, with topics relating to the specialist interests of the students and/or the culture of the target language, dealing with issues of contemporary relevance. There will be an introduction to non- standard varieties of the language. Material is derived from authentic print and audio-visual media. Development of language proficiency is based on the most suitable grammar book available. Open-access material will be available in the relevant resources area. Inadequacies in your linguistic proficiency will begin to be addressed through discussion with the tutor, who will refer you to self-access material relevant to your particular needs available in the relevant resources area and help you to develop an individual learning programme.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: Classes (text, listening, expression, translation, comprehension, oral) Learning activities include: 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. Independent learning You will 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 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 facilities in the Centre for Language Study Resources Centre at the Avenue Campus and at other sites in the University, including the Southampton Oceanography Centre, the Hartley Library and Winchester School of Art. These include on-line and computer-based resources, current newspapers and magazines, language laboratories and satellite TV, and self-access materials. 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 develop your repertoire of effective language learning strategies.

TypeHours
Revision40
Completion of assessment task44
Wider reading or practice48
Tutorial72
Preparation for scheduled sessions48
Follow-up work48
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Roger Hawkins and Richard Towell (2015 (other editions still useful)). French Grammar and Usage. 

Roger Hawkins, Marie-Noëlle Lamy and Richard Towell (2015 (other editions still useful)). Practising French Grammar: A Workbook. 

FREN9011 booklets and Blackboard. Students will be provided with booklets for the FREN9011 strands which will be essential for classes, homework and preparation for assessment. Similarly, students will have access to the FREN9011 Blackboard site where they will find module information, assessment instructions and criteria and resources from classes too amongst other material.

Stupeurs et tremblements. We will be working on this novel by Amélie Nothomb in Semester 2 so students must read this in preparation for in-class activities and may choose to base some of their assessment on this.

Assessment

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. Coursework and the in-class exam will give you formative feedback on your progress, that is, feedback which will help you learn. The exam 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.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assessed written tasks  (600 words) 10%
Essay 10%
Listening test 10%
Oral examination 10%
Summary 10%
Written exam 35%
Written exam 15%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

It is recommended that students buy the following books, however copies of these do exist in the library (both Hartley and the L&LC at Avenue) and some of them are in e-book format via Webcat too. Practising French Grammar: A Workbook, 4th edition by Roger Hawkins, Marie-Noëlle Lamy and Richard Towell (London: Hodder Education, 2015). ISBN-10: 1138851191. French Grammar and Usage, Roger Hawkins and Richard Towell, 4th edition (London: Hodder Education, 2015). ISBN-10: 1138851108. Stupeur et tremblements by Amélie Nothomb (Paris: Livre de Poche, 1999). As well as a good bilingual dictionary if students do not already have one (e.g. Collins Robert, Oxford Hachette, Larousse) Please note that students may not have/need to buy all of these. The additional cost will be determined by which of the above are purchased.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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