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Module

FRE2061 : Level C (HE Advanced) French

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sandra Salin
  • Lecturer: Dr Myriem El Maizi, Ms Isabelle Ruegg Alter
  • Other Staff: Dr Adeline Charlton, Dr Anne-Charlotte Husson, Dr Elodie Roy, Dr Jo Lumley
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will:

1. Focus on further developing students' written and oral communicative competences in French gained in Level B (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range; register and pronunciation);
2. Continue to prepare students for the future study of French (including written and oral communicative skills, and intercultural awareness and competence) and/ or for their future learning experience (including independent learning and study skills; reflective skills and self-regulation);
3. Continue to facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of French in written and spoken media during their intercalary year. This includes students’ ability to use and understand authentic material and produce their own written and spoken output.

The module will be taught and assessed in French.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students cover a variety of topics related to contemporary French (and Francophone) society, and / or relevant to Contemporary societies and cultures. Depending on student feedback, these may include:
1. Cultural differences
2. A practical guide to living and working in France
3. Ethical / controversial current issues
4. Culture and Traditions / Cultural issues
5. French Languages and registers
6. Current Affairs

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:00Non-synchronous online activities
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities181:0018:00Non-synchronous online structured guided learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Online synchronous language seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous language seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
FRE2161Level C (HE Advanced) French - Exchange Semester 1
FRE2261Level C (HE Advanced) French - Exchange Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Teaching in the language seminars will focus on communication skills while the lecture materials will focus on key study skills and the formal structures of the language. All four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking are fully integrated in the language seminars and associated work and preparation.

2. Independent learning and learner autonomy are further developed through the means of online grammar videos and related activities, online guided tasks, pair and group work, assessment preparation and completion, and self-study at home, via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and in the Language Resource Centre. Particular initiative is expected from students at this level, e.g. course participants will be asked to contribute their own materials to the classes and activities.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1502A4024 hour online off campus examination (based on audio/video and written sources).
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
FRE2261Level C (HE Advanced) French - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M25Written exercise to be submitted online before Christmas (based on written sources).
Oral Examination2M35Recorded presentation to be submitted online before Easter.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MMid-semester optional formative written task.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- One assessment to be submitted online before Christmas (25%). This assessment will test students’ ability to type in the target language and to produce a structured text based on the comprehension and analysis of written sources.

- One recorded presentation to be submitted before Easter (35%). This assessment will test students’ ability to conduct independent research, critically evaluate authentic material, and present their own output orally in a clear and structured manner using visual support.

- One 24- hour written exam at the end of Semester 2 (40%). This assessment will test students’ ability to type in the target language and to produce a structured text based on the comprehension and analysis of written and audio and / or video sources.

Reading Lists

Timetable