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FREN9904 French Language stage 6 (RA OutLang)

Module Overview

This module is taken during semesters 1 and 2 of the year abroad in the RA country (where the language is NOT spoken). It complements the language learning module(s) taken at the host university. Therefore the total number of ECTS (language stage 6) taken by the student during the year abroad equals 15, as for students taking this stage at Southampton.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of every language module 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 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. Successful completion of this stage is approximately equivalent to reaching Levels C1/C2 of the Common European Framework.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Understand with relative ease in most situations and registers, including the media and specialist areas within the aims of the module.
  • Write coherent, cohesive and accurate texts where errors and infelicities do not compromise the communicative effectiveness of the writing.
  • Translate written and spoken texts in a variety of genres from TL into English, maintaining the content and reproduce the style.
  • Understand most of the implications and intentions, including humour and irony, of spoken language delivered in a range of accents and registers and at any speed.
  • Understand with relative ease texts in most registers, with recourse to reference materials for specialised and unfamiliar topics.
  • Understand with ease the main ideas and detail and recognise the implications and intentions of authentic texts in a wide variety of genres (including abstract, structurally or linguistically complex and humorous/ironic texts).
  • Engage with ease in interaction on complex and abstract topics using a range of grammatical structures, vocabulary and discourse markers.
  • Employ mostly appropriate and effective strategies in managing linguistically and/or culturally complex interactions, including informal conversation and some difficult encounters.
  • Introduce and present complex and unfamiliar topics effectively and with precision in an appropriate style with the help of audio-visual aids.
  • Give coherent and detailed arguments and explanations and justify them effectively in general discussion.
  • Write clearly in a range of appropriate styles on complex topics in a range of genres. Express arguments and conclusions.


This Stage develops linguistic proficiency by focusing on wide range of texts (both written and spoken) relevant to the target language culture(s). These texts will provide a framework for developing sophisticated language forms and uses. Authentic print and multiple media material covering a variety of styles, registers and genres, together with the most suitable grammar book available, will be used. Most inadequacies in your linguistic proficiency will be remedied through online and Skype 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.

Special Features

This module is taken at a distance in a country where the language is NOT spoken. It is designed to support language development throughout the year and to provide regular assessment of language competence, reflecting the in-house model. In the situation where you decide to exit the MLANG degree programme at the end of the study abroad placement, you will have been deemed to have met the language requirements of the relevant BA level 6 programme.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Independent learning You will be expected to spend time studying independently. You will draw on local L2 resources and we will provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. For this Stage, you will consolidate your learning in the target language, you will be expected to submit regular formative work (typically once a fortnight), you will also write assignments, undertake projects and continue to develop your repertoire of effective language learning strategies.



MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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