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French (beginners II)

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  • For students on certain courses, a UWLP module will be included in your programme at no extra cost
  • Language provides you with many transferable skills, which are highly valued in the contemporary world
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  • All of our modules are taught in small class sizes
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Key facts

Module code: LF1014 

Number of Aston credits: 10

Entry requirements: French beginners I or equivalent.
Language of Delivery: Mainly French 

Apply: Online

Fees (2014/15): £400 for a double module (20 credits) and £275 for a single (module 10 credits). Pay online.

Duration: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks per module
Teaching Period when Offered: Teaching Period 2

Module Convenor:  Dr Emmanuelle Labeau 
Other staff contributing to module: Armêl Bellec

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Module Content

This module is designed as an introduction to the French language for students with no previous knowledge.

The module content follows the Languages Ladder framework, provides student with the basic structures needed at this level, and ensures progression in language ability and proficiency.

Language purposes and functions

  • Taking part in simple situations (e.g. greeting/responding to greetings; expressing thanks; apologising)
  • Giving simple information
  • Asking simple questions
  • Describing (e.g. colour, size, location, possession, appearance)
  • Giving simple opinions
  • Following/giving simple instructions
  • Expressing ability
  • Using numbers and expressing quantity
  • Expressing time (e.g. clock, days, months) 

 Educational Aims

The course will help students to develop strategies for coping with French in real-life situations. At the end of this course students will be entitled to take Intermediate French I.

Module Learning Outcomes

This module is an intensive language course, which aims to bring beginners up to a standard in which they are able to communicate and understand basic ideas in French.  The module aims to develop language skills in all four areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Furthermore, basic grammatical structures and vocabulary will be integrated into the learning process in meaningful contexts. The course is organized around interactive and communicative activities that will allow students to build all skills in the most effective way. On completion of this module students will have acquired the following skills:

Knowledge and understanding: students will be able to

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic grammatical structures of French
  • Understand and communicate basic factual information in French, orally and in writing
  • Listen to and understand in detail selected short samples of French
  • Read short adapted French texts aimed at learners of French

Cognitive skills: students will be able to

  • Write short passages in French on a range of practical and descriptive themes
  • Extract key information from written and spoken sources
  • Express opinions about basic topics of daily life

Subject-specific skills: students will be able to

  • Use of basic grammatical structures
  • Oral and written communication of factual information in French
  • Listen and read short text in French

Transferable skills: students will have practised

  • Using relevant reference materials
  • Organising their own learning with guidance from the tutor, planning and managing time efficiently to get the most out of independent study
  • Using a variety of learning aids, in a variety of media, to consolidate learning
  • Working in pairs or groups
  • Working independently

Methods and Frequency of Learning & Teaching

Communication in French will be encouraged from the outset. Classes will be conducted mainly in the target language, enabling students to learn and practise the new grammatical structures and vocabulary covered in each session. In order to develop and consolidate skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, classes will be highly interactive.

The course will consist of two hours per week. In addition, several hours a week should be devoted to French outside the classroom to do work set by the tutor, and practise reading, writing and listening skills.

The module will consist of two contact hours per week.

A minimum of 2 hours a week, in addition to the 2 taught hours, should be devoted to French outside the classroom to complete work set by the tutor, assignments on grammar structures, learn and revise vocabulary and practise reading, writing, and listening skills.

Learning Hours

How are the total Learning Hours per module achieved?

Contact Hours

20

Directed Learning

20

Private Study & Assessment

60

Total

100

10 credits = 100 hours, 20 credits = 200 hours

Methods of Assessment & Feedback

Feedback will be given through:
  • Formative feedback throughout the module through informal, verbal  comments on weekly activities.

  • Formative and summative feedback following the oral presentation.

  • Summative written feedback as part of the marking process for the exam.

Summative assessment

  • A 3-min (approx.) oral presentation and discussion. Students will prepare a topic in advance, by agreement with tutor, for this presentation. They will be able to use one page of A4, containing key words only, to assist with their presentation. The page of notes should be approved beforehand by the tutor.
  • A 30-min listening test.
  • A two-hour exam (grammar and vocabulary exercises, reading comprehension, and a written composition) (main examination period). No dictionary allowed.        

Students are advised that all marks obtained in tests are subject to moderation, and that in case of cohort’s averages above the University norms, the group’s results will be scaled according to the list published in the Assessment Handbook for Undergraduate Programmes and on the UWLP website.

Introductory Learning Resources and/or Core Texts 

Coursebook 
Bissar, D., Phillips, H., Tschirhart, C. (2001) Palgrave Foundations – French 1. Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith.

Grammar book
Hawkins, R. and Towell, R. (2010) French grammar and usage. London, Arnold.

Conjugation
Bescherelle (1986) Complete Guide to Conjugating 12000 French Verbs (English Edition) (Bescherelle 1), Paris: Hatier.

Vocabulary
Spratbrow, A. (2001) What you must know. Paris: Casteilla.

Dictionary
Oxford-Hachette. French-English Dictionary. Oxford: OUP.(or equivalent bilingual dictionary). 

Other resources
Berthet, A., Hugot, C., Kizirian, V.M, Sampsonis, B. & Waendendries, M. (2006) Alter Ego. Méthode de français 1. Paris: Hachette.

`Terrell, T. D., Rogers, M., Kerr, B., Spielmann, G. (2001) Deux Mondes: Student Version: A Communicative Approach (4th ed). New-York: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co.

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