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Module LZF-1002:
French Communication Skills

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Jonathan Ervine

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To develop students' aural comprehension skills through group conversation exercises and selected audio-visual materials varying in tone and register.
  2. To develop students’ ability to interpret, analyse and critically evaluate short and longer cultural texts
  3. To enable students to develop oral skills, and to become confident with French phonology.
  4. To enhance vocabulary acquisition and incorporate key expressions into oral work.
  5. To discuss and defend arguments and ideas in group discussions and in-class presentations.
  6. To understand some key debates in contemporary French and Francophone society.

Students on this module will be working towards achieving B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)”

Course content

This topic-based module complements LZF1001 by developing proficiency in spoken French acquired at 'A' level. A range of audio and visual aids is used in each class in order to stimulate group discussions, debates and individual presentations on a particular theme. Aural skills are also developed through audio and video comprehension exercises. The purpose of this module is to enable students to defend themselves orally in a range of topics relating to contemporary French and Francophone life and society and to improve comprehension of different French accents.

Key texts This module involves oral comprehension classes and conversation classes. At the start of each semester, students are given a course booklet containing the questions for the listening comprehension exercises, general module information, and lists of websites that they can use in order to watch French television and listen to French radio.

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.

Webpages: Students are expected to be regularly keeping up-to-date with new stories in France via websites such as the following:

French television news programmes - Daily 8am, 1pm and 8pm national news bulletins from France 2: - Regional and local news bulletins from France 3 (also available as podcasts): - International news bulletins and short docu-films from TV5: - iTélé: - BFM TV :

French radio stations - Europe 1 (news and discussion): - France Info (news): - France Inter (news): - France Culture (news and culture, bit like BBC Radio 4): - Radio France Internationale (international news):

Assessment Criteria


40-49%: Basic grasp of French pronunciation; basic understanding of aural material in French. Limited ability to converse freely in French and respond to spoken material; limited ability to deliver a presentation in French.


50-69%: Good grasp of French pronunciation; good understanding of aural material in French . Some ability to converse freely in French and respond to spoken material; ability to deliver a presentation in French.


70+%: Excellent grasp of French pronunciation; excellent understanding of aural material in French. Clear ability to converse freely in French and respond to spoken material; clear ability to deliver a presentation in French.

Learning outcomes

  1. To enhance vocabulary acquisition.

  2. Develop an understanding of a specific topic relating to French and Francophone culture and society

  3. To develop students' reading comprehension skills through the study of selected texts varying in style and register.

  4. To enable students to translate texts from and into Spanish and to produce more advanced pieces of writing in Spanish, such as short essays.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Listening comprehension 25
Video comprehension in-class test 25
Oral exam 50

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Listening classes: 1 per week for 11 weeks per semester - duration 1 hour Conversation classes: 1 per week for 11 weeks per semester - duration 1 hour

Private study 178

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • 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.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Subject specific skills

  • 1. The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in short written assignments in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • 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)
  • 4. Effective oral communication and presentation skills (including delivery and argument development, discussion and defence) in the target language through individual and/or group discussions. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • 5. The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in oral assignments, showing familiarity with a range of topics and registers in formal and informal situations. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • 6. Develop aural comprehension skills in the target language, supported by a wide range of appropriate materials in different media. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)


Pre- and Co-requisite Modules