Modern Languages and Cultures

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Code FRENZ906

Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


Modules for which this module is a pre-requisite:


Co-requisite modules:


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   24

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 126


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Speaking test There is a reassessment opportunity. This is not an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  5 minutes    10       
Class Test This will be marked anonymously Standard UoL penalties will apply. There will be a resit opportunity.  1 hour    60       
Portfolio 1. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This will be marked anonymously. There will be a resit opportunity.  -1500 words    30       


To develop an upper-intermediate competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking French equivalent to the B1+ level in the CEFR;

To provide students with a solid understanding intermediate French grammar and to enable them to explore advanced structures independently;

To explore aspects of contemporary French-speaking cultures through the medium of French;

To develop students' language learning strategy use and a reflective approach towards language learning.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Apply increasingly complex reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in line with the B1+ level in French in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

(LO2) Effectively communicate in French in a variety of formal and informal situations.

(LO3) Demonstrate knowledge of abundant aspects of contemporary French language and culture.

(LO4) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

(S1) Communication skills – upper-intermediate reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the target language.

(S2) Global citizenship – cultural awareness.

(S3) Improving own learning / performance – self-awareness / self-analysis.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method:
This module is taught through 24 hours of general language classes, which include listening comprehension classes in the language laboratory, reading comprehension exercises and grammar teaching and practice. Students have a chance to consolidate and practice the structures and vocabulary acquired in conversation, discussions, short presentations and short writing and note taking exercises. The classes will be taught in French. Students are expected to attend all classes, to prepare homework and submit the portfolio on time and to work through the assigned exercises independently. The module offers much accompanying material, including CDs and computer software, which can be used for independent study in the library and a dedicated website with interactive exercises and many more resources. Regular feedback forms an integral part of the module.
Attendance Recorded:



Upper intermediate module in French language: culture, grammar, translation and written and spoken communication.
The syllabus can be found in the module handbook which can be accessed through VITAL.

Each student is issued with a weekly schedule for the module at the beginning of each semester.

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