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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 14/06/2022 10:14:12

Title of Module: French 2.1

Code: FREN08001 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:L  Giraud

Summary of Module

This module, aimed at students who have successfully completed French 1.2 or have reached an equivalent level, will continue to develop understanding and use of the French language at approximately level B1 of the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR).

The themes covered in this module are designed to equip students with a wide range of situations which they are likely to encounter when living in France: talking about interpersonal relationships, health issues, work and professional experiences, studies and university life and  travelling & accommodation.  In this module students will revise some of the grammar points covered in French 1.2 and be introduced to other components: Agreement of adjectives; perfect and imperfect tenses; future tenses; object pronouns; time markers (il y a, pendant, depuis, a en dans); pronouns y and en; relative pronouns (qui, que, où, dont); forms and use of the imperative; comparison of adjectives and adverbs.  Students will be required to produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest and to describe experiences and events, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Students will be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in prescribed topics and to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Discuss orally the issues raised by themes studied at approximately B1 level of the CEFR;

L2. Demonstrate understanding of clear spoken texts or of a radio/tv programme relating to selected topics at approximately B1 level of the CEFR;

L3. Demonstrate comprehension of high frequency every day written texts and/or personal letters relating to selected topics at approximately B1 level of the CEFR;

L4. Write simple connected texts and/or personal letters on selected topics at approximately B1 level of the CEFR.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 8.

Understanding grammatical concepts and the structure of the French language; Gaining Knowledge of some aspects of French culture.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Understanding the main points of clear standard speech on prescribed topics;
Understanding the main point of a radio/tv programme on topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear;
Dealing with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in France or any other French-speaking country;
Understanding the main points of written texts or personal letters.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Using a range of resources to develop language learning;
Using different approaches to problem-solving in every day situations;
Learning to negotiate in French whilst confirming mutual understanding;
Initiating, maintaining and closing simple face-to-face conversation on prescribed topics.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Retrieving and using on-line materials as a means to understanding grammatical concepts, and for supplementary information for use in debates;
Interpreting and presenting basic data relevant to specific topics in short formal presentations;
Using a range of IT applications as a support and/or research tool.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Working effectively individually or in teams;
Managing limited resources and addressing own learning needs;
Managing time to meet deadlines.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
French 1.1
French 1.2
Other:or equivalent competence in the language.
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching

This module is a practical language class which remains firmly communicative. Students will be strongly encouraged to be active participants in class and will engage in a variety of class activities: listening to audio and video recordings, working in small groups and taking part in group or pair discussions. This module will provide the students with the opportunity to understand the main ideas of clear standard input; to initiate, maintain close simple face-to-face conversation on prescribed topics; to deal with a good number of situations likely to arise whilst travelling in France; to use reasonably accurately a repertoire of frequently used "routines" and patterns associated with more predictable situations. The choice of topics will also develop understanding of cultural differences. Independent learning is also an integral part of this course in the form of weekly formative assignments through studying grammar points, listening to audio and video recordings, writing of short texts, reading articles and literary prose.

The use of the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment will be integral to the student learning experience, enhancing the use of external links for independent study and exploring the medium of the Discussion Board facility.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery36
Asynchronous Class Activity40
Independent Study112
Personal Development Plan12
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Core Resources:
Note all core resources will be made available via our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). To login go to and enter your username (Banner ID) and password (your normal computer password). A student guide to Moodle is available at
*Grammaire progressive du Français avec 400 exercices by Maia Grégoire Cle international, latest edition.
*Grammaire du Français (Livre + CD) by Bonenfant, Bazelle-Shahmaei & Akyuz (Mixed media product, 2015)
*Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary, Latest edition

Some useful internet sites:
Graded comprehensions (choose "débutant" or "intermediate"), grammar explanations, grammar exercises and vocabulary games.
French grammar is very clearly explained in English. You will also find lots of verb tables and tests.
Interactive French grammar and vocabulary website. Exercises for all grammatical themes.
Good to practise phonetics

Some relevant academic resources:
Free resources on a variety of topics taught in primary and high schools
Lots of games and activities to increase/improve vocabulary
Username: ayrcampus Password: language
SCILT Resources

On line French TV channels:

On line French radio channels:

A few interesting Podcasts relating to French Language:
Coffee break French
Learn French
Learn French daily

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
All fulltime students (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries) are required to attend all scheduled classes and participate with all delivered elements of the module as part of their engagement with their programme of study. Consideration will be given to students who have protection under the appropriate equality law. Please refer to UWS Regulations, Chapter 1, 1.64 – 1.67, available at the following link:

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEducation
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelLanguages
ModeratorS Wylie
External ExaminerJM DesJacques
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)

Class Test (60%)
Coursework (40%)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries). The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:

Our partners are fully committed to the principles and practice of inclusiveness and our modules are designed to be accessible to all. Where this module is delivered overseas, local equivalent support for students and appropriate legislation applies.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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