French Language and Society 1 (beginner)

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Miss Florence Niclot PEL 6.01 l and Miss Sandrine Victor PEL 6.01 l


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.



  • No previous knowledge of French is required; students with limited prior knowledge may be considered for the course. An interview with the course co-ordinator prior to registration is compulsory.


Course content

Beginners to intermediate 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.


60 hours of classes in the MT. 60 hours of classes in the LT. 6 hours of classes in the ST.

Six hours per week, which will feature:

  • interactive topical work
  • oral practice
  • grammar and vocabulary work
  • tutorials; and (e) guided study using IT and web-based materials.

This course has a reading week in Week 6 of both MT and LT

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 registred.


Exam (30%, duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes) in the summer exam period.
Oral examination (30%) 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

(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)

Classification % of students
First 64.9
2:1 24.3
2:2 2.7
Third 2.7
Fail 5.4

Key facts

Department: Language Centre

Total students 2021/22: 19

Average class size 2021/22: 9

Capped 2021/22: Yes (24)

Value: One Unit

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Personal development skills

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