French: Level 5 (Current Issues)

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Miss Florence Niclot TW3 6.01 D and Mr Francois Simon



  • 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 content

  • 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 :
  1. All Pronouns.
  2. Comparatives and superlatives.
  3. Expression of duration, frequency, simultaneity. Most tenses including subjunctive.
  4. Passive forms.
  5. Expression of cause, consequence, circumstance and restriction.
  6. Direct speech and indirect speech… “Marqueurs chronologiques”. “Marqueurs logiques”


8 hours of classes in the MT. 11 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of classes in the ST.

This is a 20 hour-course. Please refer to the LSE timetable for course teaching arrangements.

Indicative reading

No textbook. Compilation of documents distributed in class.


Continuous assessment (70%) in the MT and LT.
Oral examination (30%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2016/17: 32

Average class size 2016/17: 8

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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