French Language and Society 2 (intermediate)

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Mr Francois Simon TW3 6.01 K and Mr Jean Souvignet TW3 6.01 K


Available as an outside option to all undergraduate and General Course students. Students can take this course in any year of their studies following approval from the teacher responsible and subject to their own programme regulations.


Students must have completed French Language and Society 1 (beginner) (LN131).

A good pass at GSCE/AS Level or its equivalent is required. An interview with the course co-ordinator prior to registration is compulsory.

Course content

A bridge from intermediate to advanced study of the French language within the framework of social sciences and culture,that underpin French contemporary Society. In a dynamic and communicative way the course develops all four language skills (i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing) through individual and group work, topical discussions, authentic and web-based multi-media materials. The focus is on accuracy as well as communication that advance students’ language competence, transferable skills and cultural awareness.


50 hours of classes in the MT. 50 hours of classes in the LT. 5 hours of classes in the ST.

Five hours per week, which will feature:

  • Interactive topic work
  • Oral classes
  • Grammar classes
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Guided study using IT and web-based materials including a virtual learning environment supported by Moodle.

Formative coursework

The students will be required to complete weekly language exercises.

Indicative reading

Students will be given the titles of the books when fully registered.


Exam (60%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.
Oral examination (20%) in the LT.
Continuous assessment (20%) in the MT and LT.

Student performance results

(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)

Classification % of students
First 21.6
2:1 51
2:2 13.7
Third 5.9
Fail 7.8

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2015/16: 13

Average class size 2015/16: 6

Capped 2015/16: Yes (24)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication