FR334 - University of Kent

Confirmation that this version of the module specification has been approved by the School
Learning and Teaching Committee:
……… A. Stähler, 24 NOV 2014……….(date)
Title of the module
FR334 – French Language for Non-Specialists (Level A2)
School which will be responsible for management of the module
SECL (French)
Start date of the module
2012 (Revised 2015)
The number of students expected to take the module
Modules to be withdrawn on the introduction of this proposed module and
consultation with other relevant Schools and Faculties regarding the withdrawal.
Level of the module:
Level 4
The number of credits and ECTS value which the module represents
15 credits / 7.5 ECTS
Which term(s) the module is to be taught in (or other teaching pattern)
Autumn and Spring
Prerequisite and co-requisite modules
This module is intended for students with a GCSE in French, or those who have passed
FR326, or those who have achieved Level A1 of the CEFR. It is not intended for students
with French A-level, for bilingual students, and for French native speakers.
10. The programme(s) of study to which the module contributes
This module is intended as a wild module only.
11. The intended subject specific learning outcomes
By the end of the module students will be able to:
Listening: understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related
to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and
family information, shopping, local area, employment); catch the main point in
short, clear, simple messages and announcements;
Reading: read very short, simple texts; find specific, predictable information in
simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and
timetables and understand short simple personal letters;
Spoken interaction: communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a
simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities;
handle very short social exchanges, even though they can't usually
understand enough to keep the conversation going themselves;
Spoken production: use a series of phrases and sentences to describe in
simple terms their family and other people, living conditions, their educational
background and their present or most recent job;
Writing: write short, simple notes and messages relating to matters in areas of
immediate needs; write a very simple personal letter, for example thanking
someone for something.
12. The intended generic learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete the module will be able to:
make independent use of resources (such as dictionaries and grammars);
demonstrate skills of self-expression (written and oral);
demonstrate mental agility and analytic capacity;
demonstrate team working ability through group work;
manage their time and prioritise workloads;
demonstrate improved confidence in the use of information technology
through the use of Web-based language exercises multi-media (specialized
sites, Wiki Moodle, MyFolio).
13. A synopsis of the curriculum
This module covers level A2 of the CEFR in 24 weeks. This is a wild module available for
students with a GCSE in French], or those who have passed FR326, or those who have
achieved Level A1 of the CEFR.
14. Indicative Reading List
Girardet, J. and Pecheur, J. (2013) Écho A2 Méthode de français, 2nd edition, Paris: Clé
Girardet, J. and Pecheur, J. (2013) Écho A2 Cahier personnel d’apprentissage, 2nd
edition, Paris: Clé International.
15. Learning and Teaching Methods, including the nature and number of contact
hours and the total study hours which will be expected of students, and how these
relate to achievement of the intended learning outcomes
The module is taught by means of 3 weekly seminars.
Four topics are covered each week: ‘Interactions’, ‘Resources’ (grammar),
‘Simulations’ (oral/aural skills) and ‘Ecrits et Civilisation’ (written skills and
civilization). (All subject-specific learning outcomes; generic learning outcomes 12.15)
Seminar preparation is essential. (Generic learning outcomes 12.1, 3-6).
Students are also expected to complete all activities indicated in the Timetable of
Activities (Moodle). These activities, along with preparation for tests, add-up to 90
hours for the term: that is an average of 4 hours of self-study per week over 24
Exercises and material are set every week to guide students in their progress,
although going beyond what is set will be beneficial. Additionally, optional study
material is available in the Multi-Media Labs. Students are encouraged to use the
Tell Me More™ software and/or access resources especially selected for
FR334/327 at
(all subject-specific learning outcomes; generic learning outcome 12.1, 3-6)
Total contact hours: 60
Total notional study hours 150.
16. Assessment methods and how these relate to testing achievement of the intended
learning outcomes
The module is assessed as follows (100% coursework):
 50%: 2 fifty-minute written tests (weeks 12, 24) – assessing ability to use grammar,
aural and written comprehension and written production skills;
 20%: 2 oral tests (5-10 minutes) – assessing oral production skills
 30%: group project (week 24) – assessing ability to use grammar, aural and written
comprehension and oral and written production skills, and aspects of French
civilization learnt in particular units.
The written and oral tests achieve of all subject-specific learning outcomes (11.1-5), and
all generic learning outcomes (12.1-6).
17. Implications for learning resources, including staff, library, IT and space
18. The School recognises and has embedded the expectations of current disability
equality legislation, and supports students with a declared disability or special
educational need in its teaching. Within this module we will make reasonable
adjustments wherever necessary, including additional or substitute materials,
teaching modes or assessment methods for students who have declared and
discussed their learning support needs. Arrangements for students with declared
disabilities will be made on an individual basis, in consultation with the
University’s disability/dyslexia support service, and specialist support will be
provided where needed.
19. Campus(es) where module will be delivered