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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 (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 met the learning outcomes of stage 4.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • be proficient in and know how to learn a foreign language; you will know this is a key skill in its own right
  • 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
  • engage in analytical and evaluative thinking and continue to develop problem-solving skills
  • learn to mediate between both languages in both speaking and writing
  • translate more idiomatically into English
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
  • use and present material in the target and home languages in written and oral forms in a clear and effective manner
  • communicate, present, interact in a more flexible, creative and effective way
  • use successfully intercultural competence
  • organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • become more self-reliant, use more your own initiative, show more your adaptability and flexibility
  • work autonomously, manifested in self-direction, self-discipline and time management
  • take accurate and effective notes and summarise material
  • research effectively and handle appropriately bibliographic information
  • write and think under pressure and meet deadlines


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

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. 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 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 develop your repertoire of effective language learning strategies.

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

Resources & Reading list

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

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.

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

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 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.


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


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

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