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 FRENX906
Coordinator Ms M Rabadan Gomez
Languages, Cultures and Film
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 4 FHEQ First 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
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Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
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Penalty for late
Speaking Test The assessment for this module will comprise coursework, a class test and a speaking test. Coursework will take the form of a collection of language activities in a Portfolio format and  5 minutes    10       
Class Test Standard UoL penalties will apply There will be a reassessment opportunity This will be marked anonymously  1 hour    60       
Portfolio Task 1 Standard UoL penalties will apply This will be marked anonymously There will be a resit opportunity  Reading and Listenin    10       
Portfolio Task 3 Standard UoL penalties will apply There will be a resit opportunity This will be marked anonymously  Writing task    10       
Portfolio Task 2 Standard UoL penalties will apply There will be a resit opportunity This will be marked anonymously  Grammar    10       


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 multiple aspects of contemporary French language and French-speaking cultures.

(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

This module is taught through 24 hours of general language classes, when possible including listening comprehension in the language laboratory. These 24 hours can be divided between synchronous and asynchronous learning activities as needed. Students practise and consolidate the structures and vocabulary of upper intermediate level via a variety of activities: reading and listening, conversation, discussions, presentations and writing and note taking exercises. The classes will be taught in French for the most part. Students are expected to attend all classes, to contribute to weekly learning activities, such as discussion boards, to hand in homework and to submit the portfolios on time. Students will work through the assigned exercises independently or in groups as directed by the tutor. The module offers much accompanying material, including online resources, which can be used for independent study at home or in the library. Regular feedback forms an integral part of the module.



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 CANVAS. A weekly schedule for the module is issued at the beginning of the semester.

Recommended Texts

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