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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: FRE1020 Module Title: FRENCH GRAMMAR AND FUNCTIONS I
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: LIF143
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: LEFEVRE S Ms (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

All year

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
Two take-home assignments, one in each semester
One hour in-class test, end of Semester 1
Two hour unseen examination, end of Semester 2

Qualifying Condition(s)
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module

Module Overview

This is a level 1 module for French. It is taught in the target language, over Autumn and Spring semesters, one contact hour per teaching week. Attendance is compulsory.

A level French or equivalent
Module Aims

The module aims at consolidating students' knowledge of French grammar. It identifies areas of particular concern within an academic environment and encourages students to analyse and use appropriate morphological and syntactical structures. The main aim is to improve accuracy and flexibility in the target language. The module also encourages independent learning and student self-assessment.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will: 

  • have gained a better understanding of how languages are structured, including their first language;
  • be able to understand and use the grammatical terminology related to the topics covered;
  • have improved grammatical accuracy in French;
  • have acquired a high level of knowledge of the grammatical and pragmatic conventions of language use which are required for establishing communication and understanding in an academic or professional context;
  • be able to use language reference materials such as grammars and specialised dictionaries effectively;
  • be able to recognise and eliminate first language interference.
Module Content
Grammatical forms and functions are revised and consolidated, and grammatical terminology is introduced. A number of areas of grammar will be covered, typically to include the following:
Verb conjugation and use, including pronominal verbs; sequence of tenses; subjunctive; literary tenses.
Students will work on;
  • improving grammatical accuracy;
  • learning to connect ideas and sentences;
  • building and understanding complex syntactical structures;
  • recognising and eliminating first-language interference.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

The module is taught largely in the target language. Students will work in pairs and groups to analyse linguistic structures and prepare short presentations of their findings. Self- and peer-assessment will be used to foster students' analytical and critical skills and to develop language learning strategies.

Selected Texts/Journals

Morton Jacqueline, English Grammar for Students of French, fifth edition, The Olivia and Hill Press

Collins Easy Learning French Grammar, 2004

Coffman Crocker Mary E., 2009 Schaum’s outlines French Grammar, fifth edition, McGraw Hill.

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