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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: LIF144
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: URVOY E Mr (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( %)
In-class negotiation or debate and self-assessment report (400 words in French)
In-class presentation and self-assessment report (400 words in French)
In-class listening test on academic and professional topics and phonetics

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 in French or equivalent.

Module Aims

This module aims to improve students’ oral proficiency in French beyond the A level or equivalent, B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). The main focus of the module is on group discussions, negotiations and presentations to improve the students’ fluency, pronunciation, register and information literacy skills. Students are encouraged to self- and peer-assess their progress in speaking French and to map their competence against the descriptors of the CEFR.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
  • speak French in a range of academic and professional situations with a good degree of fluency and appropriateness;
  • interact confidently and appropriately in a wide range of academic and professional situations in French;
  • use adequate and specific vocabulary and the appropriate register in a range of academic and professional situations;
  • understand and interpret complex spoken French on academic and professional topics;
  • recognize different dialectal varieties of spoken French;
  • pronounce French accurately and with good intonation;
  • be introduced to the French phonetic alphabet;
  • acquire sufficient cultural awareness to enable them to communicate successfully in discussions, negotiations and presentations in the French-speaking world.

Transferable skills
This module will enable students to develop the following transferable skills:

  • the ability to communicate successfully in a range of situations;  
  • working in teams, specifically the ability to discuss and negotiate in a group;
  • presentation skills, through giving and observing mini-presentations in class working with others, by means of a range of pair and group tasks in class;
  • negotiation skills;
  • information literacy and critical thinking: the ability to collect, select, evaluate and present information, through presentations, discussions and negotiations.
Module Content

Telling a story

  • describing events, processes and results;
  • expressing cause, effect and purpose. 


  • selecting and collecting information;
  • structuring a presentation: using signposts;
  • delivering a presentation
  • taking notes in a presentation;
  • visual aids;
  • handling difficult questions. 

    Discussions and negotiations:

    • giving advice;
    • handling complaints;
    • presenting facts vs. opinions;
    • expressing opinions and asking others’ opinions;
    • agreeing and disagreeing;
    • chairing a discussion;
    • proposing, accepting and rejecting proposals;
    • summarising.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

One contact hour per teaching week in Autumn and Spring semesters, plus online support. Teaching will be in small groups. The module is taught entirely in the target language and the stimulus material used will be drawn from a variety of sources, including audio and video media. Students are expected to take part in discussions and negotiations, to give presentations, and to evaluate their own and their peers’ work. The students are also required to work collaboratively in class and in the preparation of their assignments. The students will use multimedia resources in class and in their assignments.

Selected Texts/Journals

There is no set text for this module. Materials will be drawn from a variety of multimedia, including web-based resources.

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