Module LZF-1001:
Advanced French 1

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Ms Sian Beidas

Overall aims and purpose

The aim of this module is to enable students who have completed A level (or equivalent) in French to build on and further develop their writing skills.

Students who take this module will work towards achieving level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Course content

Classes are divided between introducing and practising grammatical structures and work based on a range of sources. This is done through:

  1. Developping an understanding of the key grammatical structures and the ability to apply these in grammar exercises, translations and essays.
  2. Developping translation and reading skills through studying texts that vary in style and register.
  3. Developing translation skills, both into and from French, and producing pieces of writing, such as short essays, in French.
  4. Developping and expanding vocabulary.

We use the following as a course book throughout the year:

Simone Renaud and Dominique van Hooff. En Bonne Forme (8th edition) (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2008)

We also recommend the students purchase the following:

  • A large bilingual dictionary, such as the latest edition of the Collins-Robert or the Oxford-Hachette.
  • A large monolingual dictionary, such as the latest edition of Le Petit Robert.
  • A detailed French grammar reference book to complement the course book. We recommend the latest edition of Hawkins and Towell’s French Grammar and Usage or Glanville Price’s A Comprehensive French Grammar. Although it is somewhat briefer than the two previous books, we also suggest that Ferrat’s A French Reference Grammar is suitable for first year purposes.”

Assessment Criteria

threshold

40-49%: Limited knowledge of grammar and vocabulary resulting in a limited ability to communicate in writing.

good

50-69%: Good knowledge of grammar and vocabulary that allows a good level of effective communication in written French.

excellent

70+%: Excellent knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. A firm grasp of the language in terms of technique and style that allows clear and precise communication in written French.

Learning outcomes

  1. Develop translation and reading comprehension skills through the study of texts that vary in style and register.

  2. Use new vocabulary effectively and confidently in written work.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of key grammatical structures; use more complex grammatical constructions in set grammar exercises and essay writing.

  4. Write accurate and idiomatic French.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
CLASS TEST Traduction en anglais

In-class translation test in Week 12.

15
CLASS TEST Contrôle grammaire

In-class grammar test in Week 36.

15
ESSAY Rédaction

Assessed essay to be submitted at the beginning of S2.

15
CLASS TEST Traduction en français

In-class translation test - Eng to Fr. Week 29.

15
EXAM Examen écrit (2 heures)

Three sections: two translations (Eng / Fr & Fr / Eng) and one essay.

40

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Seminar

In each semester, there are two one hour grammar / writing skills classes per week for 11 weeks

44
Private study

Practice of language skills using a range of materials, including Blackboard, vocabulary building, grammar revision. Completion of coursework assignments.

156

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in short written assignments in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • The ability to translate short passages into and out of the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • Engaging with, interpreting and critically evaluating short and longer contemporary texts (short stories, films, novels) in the target language (Benchmark statement 5. 8, and 5.9)
  • The ability to read, understand and summarise written texts in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • 1. The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in short written assignments in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • 2. The ability to translate short passages into and out of the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • 3. Engaging with, interpreting and critically evaluating short and longer contemporary texts (short stories, films, novels) in the target language (Benchmark statement 5. 8, and 5.9)
  • 7. The ability to read, understand and summarise written texts in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)

Resources

Resource implications for students

All students should have their own copy of the following text book: Simone Renaud & Dominique van Hooff. En Bonne Forme (8fed argraffiad) (Efrog Newydd: John Wiley & Sons, 2008)

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/lzf-1001.html

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: