French (beginners I)

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Module code: LF1013 

Number of Aston credits: 10 

Entry requirements: None
Language of Delivery: Mainly French

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Duration: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks per module
Teaching Period when Offered: Teaching Period 1

Module Convenor: Miss Céline Benoit


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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 Module will help students to develop strategies for coping with French in real-life situations. At the end of this module students will be entitled to take French for Beginners II.

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
  • Communicate orally and by written 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 

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.

Seminar - A discussion or classroom session focusing on a particular topic or project - (20%)

Independent Study - might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, revision, etc - (80%) 

Feedback will be given through:

  • Formative feedback throughout the module through informal, verbal  comments on weekly activities.
  • Formative and summative feedback following the oral assessment.
  • Summative written feedback as part of the marking process for the exam within four working weeks.

Summative Assessment:

  • A 3-min (approx.) individual discussion with the tutor on one of the topics covered in class (no notes allowed) in week 11                                                                20%
  • A 30-min listening test in week 10                                                                  20%
  • A 2-hour exam (grammar and vocabulary exercises, reading comprehension, and a written composition) (examination period), No dictionary allowed.                      60% 

Students are advised that all marks obtained in tests are subject to moderation, and approval by the external examiner.

OPTIONAL Core Textbook 

Berthet, A., Hugot, C., Kizirian, V.M, Sampsonis, B. & Waendendries, M. (2012) Alter Ego. Méthode de français 1. Paris: Hachette.

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