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PL21022: Introduction to French: language in context

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Credits: 24 [equivalent to 48 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 480
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: EX40CW40OR20
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Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: To give students practice in expressing themselves in writing with a specific focus on the workplace;
To deepen knowledge of French grammar, expand lexis and develop translation skills in several registers;
To improve aural comprehension and to develop fluency in spoken French to prepare students for study or work abroad;
To further enhance students' understanding of the historical and political culture of French-speaking countries.

Learning Outcomes: Students who complete the unit successfully will:
* Have understood all the main grammatical structures of French;
* Have broadened their vocabulary in a number of specific areas;
* Be able to translate intermediate-level texts and produce written French to an intermediate standard with the aid of a dictionary;
* Be able to understand the gist of a TV news item or documentary;
* Be able to make a presentation and hold a conversation on practical themes.

* Precision and creativity in the use of written and spoken language;
* Effective communication in the target language;
* Independent learning strategies;
* Adaptation to life in the target countries (preparation for year abroad
* Employability and transferable skills.

Content: This course follows on from Introduction to French. Students will study all four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) but the focus in this year will be on studying the language in context. This will enable students to gain employability and transferable skills, such as learning the language they will need for adaptation to life on the year abroad. A range of contemporary materials will be used in class allowing students to engage with different cultural and political practices in these countries.

Programme availability:

PL21022 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB43 : BA(Hons) International Politics and Modern Languages (ab initio French) with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AYB31 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (German and ab initio French) with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AYB32 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (Spanish and ab initio French) with Year Abroad (Year 2)


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