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COURSE SPECIFICATION
Course code
Course title
Department
FRE 107
BASIC WRITING IN FRENCH
LANGUAGES/LING/LITT.STUD/VIS
ARTS(French)
Credit unit
2
Level (UG)
100
Course Coordinator
Dr. Nwosu-NWORUH
Official phone number and email 08130800022
address
[email protected]
Office Hours
Mondays 11-1pm
Other staff (if applicable)
MISS Mercy ODU
Official phone number and email 08064619542
address
[email protected]
Office Hours
Lecture Time
Lecture Venue
Tutorial Time
Tutorial Venue
For academic year
Contact hours for the semester
Tuesdays 11-1pm
A1
N/A
N/A
2013/2014
LECTURES- 24 hours
Assessment
MID SEMESTER EXAM- 20%
COURSEWORK- 10%
EXAM70%
This course is to be taken as part of the B.A FRENCH
following programmes:
COURSE AIMS- ALIGNMENT WITH FUNAI’S VISION, MISSION AND PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE
The course aims to gradually introduce the students to the written aspect of French.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES
At this early stage of their learning French, emphasis will be on spelling, simple sentences, understanding differences
and similarities in writing in English and French: Use of verbs, nature of verbs, adjectives, personal pronouns, spatiotemporal situations in texts like narrative, descriptive and argumentative essays. Also, they should be able to
distinguish between oral & written language in their written expression.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
The course will be taught in French and English> This is to enable the students gradually master the vocabulary in French
without losing their knowledge in English. At the end of each topic, the students will be given a take-home task for further
practice.
INDICATIVE CONTENT
Lecture/seminar programme
FUNAI
WEEK
4
Topic/Course outline
Tasks/Think points for private study
Lecturer
Comparing the use of punctuation signs
with English.
Dr. NwosuNWORUH/Miss
Mercy ODU
5
Punctuation- point, virgule, etc.
Learning different punctuation marks in
French (Page 66-67)
Types of texts: narrative (content/evaluation)
6
Descriptive (content & evaluation)
7
Argumentative (content & evaluation)
8
9
Letter writing: Personal Letter(content &
Evaluation)
Official letter (content & Evaluation)
10
Mid –Semester Test
11
Writing simple forms of:
Narrative essay
12
Descriptive essay
13
Argumentative essay
14
Personal letter- cartes postales, remerciement
18
Official letter- invitation letters- letters de
motivation, lettres de commande, lettres
administratives’
Moving from oral to writing daily
experiences in French
Learning and using appropriate
vocabulary and adjectives
Emphasizing on the nature of verbs
used in writing argumentative texts
Differences in English and French
The tone of such forms of official
writing. Similarities in English &
French
Mid–Semester Test
Advancing to ‘genres’: learning how to
write format for-Conte/fable, carnet de
bord, memoires’, etc.
Use of adjectives and appropriate words
for simple but detailed description‘Menu, Recipe’, etc.
Debates, opinion poll, justification for
tastes and preferences
Creativity : asking the students to
prepare postcards, invitation letters, etc.
Responding to simple advert in simple
language, ordering things,etc.
Dr. NwosuNWORUH/Miss
Mercy ODU
19
Keeping diary
20
21
22
23
Keeping diary contd.
Revision
Exams
Exams
The students will submit the Diaries
which they kept from the beginning of
the class. Reading in class of their
Diaries, correction of their language.
INDICATIVE KEY LEARNING RESOURCES
Core reading list
This course is in part based around notions and/or material that can be found in the core text(s) listed below. It
is therefore likely that you will use, or refer to, in your lecture/seminar sessions the notions and/or material in
the books listed here. You will likely be directed to study aspects of these texts in your out-of-classroom time,
that is, in your private study.
References:
Nwosu N.N (2008) Bien écrire en français.Lagos, Kimas Resources
The Textbook will be available to the students @ N500
Supplementary reading
Internet sources: Wikipedia, etc.
CONTINIOUS ASSESSMENT
The Intended Learning Outcomes are assessed through:
Assessment
Mid semester Exams
Coursework (Assignment)
Semester Exams
Weight
20%
10%
70%
Deliverables - important dates
Ensure that you make a careful note of when the assessment tasks are due in for this course. Try not to leave working on
these tasks until the last minute – this is stressful for you and tends to lead to poor quality work. Remember that you have
several assessments (for different courses) due the same week and you will need to plan for this.
Assessment
Mid semester exam-
Due date
FUNAI WEEK 10
Feedback & Result
14 working days after the
To be held at the regular
class time and venue
Coursework
Semester Exam
assessment
TO BE DETERMINED BY
COURSE
COORDINATOR
FUNAI WEEK 22-23
14 working days after the
assessment
Feedback on your work
The university is committed to providing you with written feedback for all assessed coursework within 14 working days
from the submission date. You will get feedback on your performance on a feedback form which will be returned to you. If
you do not receive feedback within this time, then you should first contact the course leader. If it proves necessary, you
should then contact the Head of Department.
Submitted coursework, including your final year project, will not be returned to you. This is true for all coursework, in
all courses and at all levels, and does not apply to only this course. We must keep the original copy of all coursework to
provide the external examiners with a complete record of your work.
Late coursework
It is the University policy to accept and grade all late items of coursework (up to the published latest date for submission).
There is no such thing as 'an extension'. You cannot negotiate new deadlines, and you do not need to get agreement about
handing in your work late from the course leader or any other member of staff. Late coursework submissions are, however,
subject to penalties (capping) that determine the maximum grade that you can achieve depending upon how late the work
is. The current penalty scale can be found below:
The following caps to be uniformly applied, in the absence of relevant mitigating circumstances accepted by the BoE:
Up to 1 working day late
Up to 2 working days late
Up to 5 working days late
Up to 10 working days late
Up to 15 working days late
More than 15 working days late
Mark capped at 90%
Mark capped at 80%;
Mark capped at 70%;
Mark capped at 60%;
Mark capped at 50%;
Mark capped at 0%.
A working day is here defined as Monday to Friday at any time of year, with the exception of Nigeria national holidays.
Students with mitigating circumstances can apply to have penalties removed via submission of the appropriate form and
evidence within 7 days of the submission deadline. How to do this can be found in the University Assessment Policy and
Procedure.
Planning your time
i.
Students are expected to attend all classes including seminars and laboratory sessions for each course. It
is mandatory for students to have a minimum attendance of 75% in this course to be eligible to take the final
semester examination.
ii.
Note: Instructors are not required to provide mid semester test make-up.
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