French Language and Society 3 (advanced)

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Miss Florence Niclot TW3 6.01D and Mr Francois Simon TW3 6.01K


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 2 (intermediate) (LN132).

Completion of the French Language and Society 2 (Intermediate) course (LN132); or a good pass at A Level or its equivalent is required. An interview with the course Co-ordinator prior to registration is compulsory.

Course content

Advanced study of the French language within the framework of social sciences and culture. 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 studio-based multi-media materials. The focus is on accuracy as well as communication that advance students’ language competence, transferable skills and cultural awareness.


40 hours of classes in the MT. 40 hours of classes in the LT. 4 hours of classes in the ST.

Four hours per week, which will feature:

  • Interactive seminars
  • Oral classes
  • Writing classes (grammar, writing for academic purposes
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials; and 
  • 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 (40%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Oral examination (20%) in the ST.
Continuous assessment (40%) in the MT and LT.

Language courses map to the Common European Framework for Language Learning.  This framework defines linguistic proficiency in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) at different levels.  To pass this course, students are therefore required to achieve a pass mark in each element of the assessment (continuous assessment, oral and written exams), as these test all four skills.

Student performance results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

Classification % of students
First 8.7
2:1 63
2:2 23.9
Third 4.3
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2016/17: 15

Average class size 2016/17: 6

Capped 2016/17: Yes (32)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

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

Course survey results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 83%



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