French Language and Society 4 (proficiency)
This information is for the 2020/21 session.
Mr Francois Simon PEL 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 3 (advanced) (LN130).
AND / OR attend a compulsory interview with the course coordinator prior to registration.
- Further advanced (up to proficiency) study of French language within the framework of social sciences and culture.
- 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.
30 hours of classes in the MT. 30 hours of classes in the LT. 3 hours of classes in the ST.
Three hours per week, which will feature: (a) Lectures; (b) Oral Classes; (c) Workshops; (d) Tutorials; and (e) Guided study using Language Showroom, IT and web-based material including a virtual learning environment supported by Moodle.
This course has reading weeks in week 6 of Michaelmas and Lent terms.
- 40 % Research project ( in the MT and LT (including 20% for the oral examination in the main exam period)
- 20% Continuous assessment
See Assessment below
Students are encouraged to make full use of the resources of French books in the Library as well as reference books. Students are also strongly advised to use the French language resources available on the World Wide Web.
Exam (40%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer 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
(2017/18 - 2019/20 combined)
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: Language Centre
Total students 2019/20: 11
Average class size 2019/20: 11
Capped 2019/20: Yes (16)
Value: One Unit
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