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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 14/06/2022 10:16:34

Title of Module: French 3.1

Code: FREN09001 SCQF Level: 9
(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 is a course for students who have passed French 2.2 successfully or equivalent and who are already reasonably fluent in French. By working through French 3.1, students will be brought to the C1 lower level of the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR); the mode of delivery will either be 2 hours a week for 24 weeks (Long Thin Module) or 3 hours a week for 12 weeks (Short Fat module). Students will develop a general understanding of some current social and cultural issues in contemporary French-speaking areas: in particular, metropolitan France but not exclusively. Students will also view and study one or two French films relevant to topics studied in class. Grammar will be integrated in context and addressed according to perceived needs of students. Students will be expected to identify and reflect on difficult grammatical points and produce outwith the class a portfolio which will consist of responses to a set of varied exercises on difficult grammar points and content of the course. Students will be encouraged to use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes and to produce clear, well structured, detailed text on complex subjects. Students will become more confident in understanding a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning and in expressing themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.


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. Prepare and deliver an oral presentation and participate in oral discussions on the related topics at lower level C1 of the CEFR;

L2. Demonstrate competence in listening to extended speech via radio/television programmes on selected topics at lower level C1 of the CEFR;

L3. Demonstrate understanding of long and complex written texts on selected topics at lower Level C1 of the CEFR;

L4. Write clear and well-structured essays or reports on the prescribed topics at lower level C1 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 9.

Understanding grammatical concepts of the French language approaching the C1 lower level of the CEFR.
Acquiring some knowledge of social, economic and cultural issues of contemporary France.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Understanding extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signalled explicitly;
Understanding long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style;
Understanding specialised articles based on up-to-date French social/cultural issues;
Understanding television programmes and films without too much effort;
Interacting orally fluently and spontaneously and formulating ideas and opinions with precision;
Presenting clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion;
Writing in clear, well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length whilst underlining salient issues.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Drawing on a range of advanced authentic resources in making some judgements relevant to French social/cultural issues.
Exploring and undertaking critical analysis, evaluation and /or synthesis of some aspects of contemporary French social/cultural issues.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Communicating effectively in social ,cultural contexts and using selectively and extensively a range of IT applications to support and enhance work.
Interpreting governmental statistics in social, cultural contexts of France.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Working effectively individually or in teams and meeting deadlines.
Exercising autonomy and initiative in seeking and assessing official sources and on-line databases.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
French 2.2
Other:or equivalent
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module is an advanced level practical language class which offers the opportunity to students to improve their knowledge of the French language and apply their transferable skills in different contexts. It will also allow them to be introduced to some cultural and social issues in contemporary France. Students will be strongly encouraged to be active participants in class and to make extensive use of University Library resources as well as internet resources outwith the class so that they can be well informed and develop their skills of critical analysis. All four language skills will be practised via a variety of activities such as listening to audio and video TV news/ reports, debates, interviews, guest lecturer's mini-lectures; preparing and delivering oral presentations or summaries using their critical analysis and building up and consolidating their oral proficiency via open discussions and debates; reading challenging articles from French current affairs newspapers and writing a summary or a critical essay on prescribed topics. Grammatical work will be integrated in context and addressed to individual needs via independent learning.
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:

Please note that core background texts , books related to topics and grammar books will be posted whenever relevant via moodle site and most are also available from the Paisley Campus Library.

French radio and TV channels TF1 télévision France 2 télévision France 3 Emissions télévisées TV5 Radio France Info Radio France France Inter

On Line French newspapers (Le Monde) (Le Nouvel Observateur) ( Libération) (Le Figaro) (Le Point) (L’Express) (Sciences Humaines) (L’ Humanité) (Les Echos) (Alternatives Economiques)

Subject related websites
La Documentation Française:
INED (Institut national d’études démographiques) :
INSEE (Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques) :
Centre national de la cinématographie :

(**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) Yes
Subject PanelLanguages
ModeratorS Wylie
External ExaminerJM DesJacques
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Coursework (worth 40%)
Class test (worth 60%)
(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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