French: Level 5 (Current Issues)
This information is for the 2013/14 session.
Miss Stephanie Beltrando CMK.C804, Mr Halim Benzine CMK.C804, Mr Pierre Dagonnot CMK C804 and Mr Jean Souvignet CMK C804
- 400 hours including self study (16+).
- Good A-Level pass. More than eight years at school level.
- High level of ORAL fluency in the language.
- Admission to the course upon completion of online level test and tutor’s approval during needs analysis.
- Students should be motivated to study and research independently.
- Course Aim: This is a proficiency course with a focus on current issues. To develop the ability to speak and interact confidently in French in a wide range of an social contexts and situations and present clear, detailed descriptions of a wide range of subjects in the field of Social Sciences, integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.
- To develop the necessary intercultural skills which are needed in multicultural environments.
- To develop transferable skills to interact in debates and meetings.
- To read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular stances or viewpoints and understand texts of a more generalist nature relating to relevant areas of the Social Sciences.
- To understand more complex factual texts relating to Politics, International History, Economics and other associated areas. To follow TV programs and recorded material in both general and subject specific areas.
- To bring students to level C1 of CEFR. Communicative Content: Advanced French language with reference to French speaking countries and contemporary issues and topics: International Relations, Media, Education, Gender, Race, Politics, Social Classes and Social Movements.
- To introduce a topic in the field of Social Sciences.
- To develop and describe particular points.
- To make an appropriate conclusion.
- To describe a situation.
- To describe the context of an event.
- To express and justify opinions. To agree, disagree and justify a choice.
- To introduce someone to the advantages and disadvantages of an option.
- To propose, accept or refuse.
- To negotiate and find a compromise.
- To conclude and adopt a resolution.
- To express feelings.
- To speak about an event (past/present/future) and explain circumstances, causes and consequences.
- To debate and interact confidently in a discussion. Structural Content: Reading and listening comprehension, oral presentation, occasional revision of major grammatical points and key tenses and introduction to different registers and literary styles.
- Grammar : Indicative content :
- All Pronouns.
- Comparatives and superlatives.
- Expression of duration, frequency, simultaneity. Most tenses including subjunctive.
- Passive forms.
- Expression of cause, consequence, circumstance and restriction.
- Direct speech and indirect speech… “Marqueurs chronologiques”. “Marqueurs logiques”
20 hours of classes in the MT. 20 hours of classes in the LT. 4 hours of classes in the ST.
This is a 40 hour-course. Please refer to the LSE timetable for course teaching arrangements.
No textbook. Compilation of documents distributed in class.
Continuous assessment (50%) in the MT, LT and ST.
Oral examination (30%) in the LT and ST.
In class assessment (20%) in the LT.
Department: Language Studies
Total students 2012/13: 21
Average class size 2012/13: 5
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills