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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 09/03/2022 15:22:09

Title of Module: Introduction to French 2

Code: FREN07006 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 10 ECTS: 5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:L  Giraud

Summary of Module

This module is aimed at those who have already taken Introduction to French 1 or have a basic knowledge of the language. Students will be introduced to fundamentals of French: for example articles, demonstratives, pronouns, possessives and the present tense. There will be a systematic approach to explanations of sentence structures in communicative scenarios and to vocabulary development. The topical content of these activities will include describing your place, saying what you like or dislike doing in your spare time, ordering food and drink, talking about your working day, shopping.  The students will also be introduced to some basic cultural conventions of France and other French-speaking countries.

Classes will be a mixture of lecture and seminar. In the lecture session of the class the main grammar points will be introduced. In the seminar section the grammar will be practised through grammatical exercises to make students aware of the workings of the language; presentations; role plays; pair-work exercises; and other interactive activities.

French will be the working vehicle of the class, where all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be developed. Students will be expected to practice outside class time by means of written assignments and other pieces of homework. Learning will also be supported by the use of Moodle and other on-line environments.

The level of success of the students will be evaluated by means of a mixture of written and oral tests.

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
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

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

L1. Communicate orally at a basic level in situations involving personal information and daily activities, at approximately upper level A1 of the CEFR;

L2. Demonstrate competence in listening skills in French, at approximately upper level A1 of the CEFR;

L3. Extract a gist and some specified detail of texts relating to letters to friendsas well as short and uncomplicated pieces of written news, at approximately upper level A1 of the CEFR;

L4. Write short texts in French regarding personal information, leisure activities and describing part-time job, at approximately upper level A1 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 7.

Understanding basic grammatical and syntactic concepts and elements of the French language.

Demonstrating basic understanding of social conventions of French-speaking cultures.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Use of language skills relevant to uncomplicated everyday situations.

Understanding of basic written and recorded texts based on everyday situations.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Giving basic personal information and information about the environment.

Addressing basic day to day problems in French-speaking countries.

Gathering information from a variety of uncomplicated sources.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Communicating in routine situations and in everyday problem situations at a basic level.

Interpreting uncomplicated written and aural texts.

Use of the Library and other learning resources such as Moodle or the Internet.

Use of IT to present documents in an appropriate form.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Working individually or in teams, demonstrating initiative and decision-making skills.

Managing basic resources and being able to address own learning needs.

Managing time in order to meet deadlines.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:: Introduction to French 1 or equivalent.
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This is a practical module that covers the fundamentals of the French language and of some prescribed practical topics. Students engage in a variety of activities in class and in independent study to practice their language skills. The four skills are developed through class activities: listening to audio/video recordings; working in pairs or in small groups to work on speaking skills, engaging in a variety of reading exercises to develop both skimming and scanning skills in French. Grammatical work is consolidated through related speaking tasks and homework exercises. The module is supported by the use of Moodle. Students are strongly encouraged to make use of University Library resources, including the Language Centre, in particular DVDs of French films, to enhance listening skills and develop an interest in French culture. In this module 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 Delivery20
Asynchronous Class Activity20
Independent Study56
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity4
100 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:

Note all core resources will be made available via our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). To login go to and enter username (Banner ID) and password (normal computer password).

A variety of French films (available in the Language Centre) and all relevant French newspapers or magazines are made available via External Links on moodle.

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)
(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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