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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

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Department: Centre for Foreign Language Study

CFLS1F41: FRENCH STAGE 4

Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap None. Location Durham

Prerequisites

  • Successful completion of French stage 3, Grade B or above in A-Level French or an equivalent qualification, subject to decision by the module’s language coordinator). No higher French language entry qualification permitted.

Corequisites

  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Any Core Language Module offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Aims

  • To consolidate and widen further the knowledge of the French language, including grammar and lexis.
  • To enhance communicative proficiency in French, in both writing and oral (presentation and interaction).
  • To develop further listening and reading skills.
  • To broaden the knowledge of contemporary France and the French-speaking world.
  • To develop intercultural awareness.

Content

  • The development of the students’ language skills (reading, writing, listening, spoken production and interaction) will be integrated into a framework focusing on various aspects of contemporary France (culture, politics, everyday life, social issues, etc).
  • Teaching materials will be supplemented with handouts and digital resources.
  • There will be two 1-hour seminars a week, which will be used to consolidate and develop grammatical and lexical knowledge as well as to practice oral, aural and writing skills.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On successful completion of this module learners will be able to:
  • demonstrate a sound knowledge of some aspects of contemporary France and the French-speaking world;
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures and societies in France and French-speaking countries gained through the study of cultural products;
  • demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the main French linguistic principles, structures and registers used in various types of documents (essays, newspaper articles, songs, adverts, websites, etc.).
Subject-specific Skills:
  • On successful completion of the module learners will be able to:
  • demonstrate the ability to carry out basic research in the target language and present an oral and written summary;
  • write essays on a various contemporary Francophone issues, expressing and discussing views;
  • enter unprepared into conversation and issues related both to familiar and unfamiliar topics;
  • understand and report on the main points of clear standard speech and authentic aural passages on various topics;
  • give an oral presentation in French, and contribute to structured conversations;
  • apply a range of grammatical principles;
  • make effective use of reference material such as grammars and dictionaries;
  • use a range of language learning techniques and skills effectively by independently developing strategies to extend their lexis and knowledge of grammar.
Key Skills:
  • On successful completion of this module learners will be able to:
  • write an essay demonstrating the ability to organise ideas in a logical and coherent sequence in sustained prose and critically analyse arguments;
  • communicate information, ideas and arguments both orally and in writing;
  • independently gather, process and reference information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic resources;
  • use IT effectively both as a means of communication and as an aid to learning;

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • This module is delivered through seminar style classes.
  • Contact time will be used to introduce new material and provide the students with high quality target language input from the module tutor and multimedia sources.
  • In preparation for each session students will be expected to revise new material and complete formative language exercises.
  • The assessment scheme for this module is designed to test students' level of attainment in language production (speaking and writing) and reception (listening and reading). In order to reflect the continuous nature of the language learning process the module will be assessed by a combination of formative and summative in-course assessment and by formal written examination. Summative assessments will also fulfil a formative function since feedback on summative in-course assessments will be made available to students.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminars 40 Twice Weekly 1 hour 40
Preparation and Reading 160
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Reading, Writing and Language Tasks Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Individual project assignment (Week 10) 30% No
Individual project assignment (Week 19) 70% Yes
Component: Oral and Listening Assessment Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Group oral assessment (Weeks 21-22) 20 minutes 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Regular homework/assignments will be given to the students to practise and consolidate what they have done in class and to prepare the following session, some of which will be submitted and marked as formative assignments and regular feedback will be given to the students accordingly


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University



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