Academic Year (Semester 1 and 2)
|Assessment Type||Unit of Assessment||Weighting %|
|Coursework||Integrated Skills Portfolio||60|
|School-Timetabled Sum. Examination/Test||In-Class Written Test||40|
This is a module of the Global Graduate Award in Languages programme. It is taught over 19 weeks in the autumn and spring semesters, two contact hours per week, and covers the four core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. It also offers an introduction to the cultures and societies in which the target language is spoken and aims to raise a sense of cultural awareness. Students prepare for everyday communication in the target language and for work or study periods abroad.
A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.
Stage 5 French or equivalent
This module is aimed at students with an advanced level of French.
In terms of linguistic and cultural competence, the module aims to:
- encourage students to further consolidate their communicative competence in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
- enhance proficiency in handling very complex grammatical structures
- expand the French vocabulary used in a range of specialised contexts and social situations
- further enhance student awareness of nuance and register
- encourage students to further explore the main issues in the French-speaking world, and develop heightened awareness thereof
In terms of intercultural awareness, this module aims to encourage students to:
- take a different perspective and view the world from different cultural viewpoints
- analyse and understand linguistic and cultural barriers
- reflect on the influence of cultural values on behaviour
- become conscious of stereotypes and prejudices
- communicate with others in culturally appropriate ways
In terms of study skills and transfer of skills and competencies, this module aims to:
- encourage students to self-assess their progress and map their linguistic competence against the descriptors of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
- support students in acquiring language learning strategies and techniques
- inspire independent learning and facilitate the acquisition of other foreign languages
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Interact in French with competence and ease in a wide range of situations (K, T, P)
- Understand and interpret in depth spoken and written French on a wide range of topics (C, K, P)
- Categorise a wide variety of text types and registers (C, K)
- Organise and present ideas on predictable and unpredictable topics with confidence (T, P)
- Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and handle information from appropriate sources (T, P)
- Understand and use the grammatical terminology relating to the topics covered (C, K)
- Demonstrate a high level of grammatical accuracy in their use of French (C, K)
- Pronounce individual sounds of French with a very good degree of accuracy (C, K)
- Use language reference materials such as grammars and dictionaries very effectively (T, P)
- Show considerably heightened cultural awareness by interacting in a culturally highly appropriate way for speakers of French (K, T, P)
Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
- current affairs
- eating and drinking
- health issues
- politics and elections
- the world of work and retirement
- the new technologies
- life in the countryside versus life in towns
- homelessness and charities
- leisure, holidays, tourism
- pollution and the environment
- uses of subjunctive and indicative
- imperative with personal pronouns
- how to express a cause, a consequence, a condition, an hypothesis, a comparison, an opposition, a concession, an aim
- modal verbs
- relative pronouns
- interrogative pronouns and advanced negation
- extension of the passive
Methods of Teaching/Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and vocabulary through attending classes regularly;
- Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group work, reading and practicing/preparing outside contact hours, and participating in class activities;
- Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;
- Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study;
- Develop communication skills through interactions in class.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Two contact hours per week over 19 weeks in Semesters 1 & 2
- Teaching will be mainly in the target language.
- Classes will include group work, such as role play, and short presentations in the language.
- Consolidation of learning will be by the practice of language skills inside and outside the classroom, using a variety of means, including computer-assisted language learning.
Students are expected to complete regular homework tasks in order to practice new structures and to prepare for in-class activities.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
· their linguistic progress over the duration of the course;
· their growing ability to understand and produce French at the relevant level;
· their increasing awareness of French culture and the French-speaking world;
· the level of French they have achieved at the end of the course.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- An integrated skills portfolio of 6 coursework tasks, covering the fours skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing
- End-of-course in-class test, covering the skills of reading and writing
Formative assessment and feedback
Students will receive written feedback and in-class verbal feedback on homework tasks and in-class performance.
22 September 2016 by MARCHELAK M Mrs (Student Serv)