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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)




Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • Year Abroad in France.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • No other French language module available within the Language Centre or MLAC


  • To enable students to access, explore and express complex conceptual ideas in French.
  • To deepen students' understanding of French political and socio-cultural issues and to provide them with the linguistic skills and applied terminology to discuss them in French.
  • To promote academic research using English and French language sources.


  • This module is delivered in French and aims to build upon the students' year abroad experience.
  • It will provide students with an opportunity for critical reflection of their year abroad.
  • To this end students will be asked to produce a critical evaluation of aspects of their year abroad, which they will present to their peers for discussion.
  • This exercise will provide an opportunity to compare experiences with others and to explore intercultural similarities and dissimilarities.
  • This module will also help students to deepen their understanding of current affairs, cultural and socio-political issues as well as to refine their linguistic abilities by extending the range of dossier materials studied to include academic sources.
  • This will prepare students for the competent use of French within an academic context and the production of a supervised extended essay in French will give students the opportunity for independent and student centred learning.
  • Students will develop their reading and writing skills as well as their ability to understand, apply and contrast English and French academic genres.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
    • On successful completion of this module learners will be able to:
    • carry out undergraduate level research into an agreed topic, demonstrating the ability to identify and critically evaluate relevant English and French source material.
    • produce an extended essay/research report on an agreed topic demonstrating the ability to express complex conceptual ideas and arguments in accurate and coherent French.
    • give a 15 minute seminar presentation on a political or socio-cultural aspect of contemporary France, demonstrating appropriate presentation skills as well as the linguistic ability to explain complex conceptual ideas to others.
    • initiate and sustain group discussions, displaying the linguistic ability to present their position coherently and with fluency in the target language and to engage with the view of others.
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      • This module is delivered in French through seminar style classes, which will meet twice weekly, supplemented by one-to-one tutorial sessions.
      • In preparation for each session students will be expected to prepare a set of material, either individually or in small groups, which will be presented and discussed during class time.
      • At this advanced stage the tutor's role as facilitator of the language learning process will be come more evident as students will play a more active part in the organisation of the module by acting as discussion leaders.
      • Classes will partly function as a forum to promote and review independent learning
      • The assessment scheme for the module is designed to test students' level of attainment in language production (speaking and writing) and reception (listening and reading) as well as their level of intercultural learning and understanding.
      • In order to reflect the continuous nature of language learning, the module will be assessed by a combination of formative and summative in-course assessment and by formal examination.
      • Summative assessments will also fulfil a formative function since feed-back on all summative in-course assessment will be made available to students.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Tutorials 2 1 Per Term 20 Minutes 0.66
      Seminars 22 Once Per Week 2 Hours 44
      Others 22 Once Per Week 1 Hour 22
      Preparation and Reading 133.34
      Total 200

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Written examination Component Weighting: 50%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Written examination 2 hours 100%
      Component: Presentation Component Weighting: 30%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Seminar presentation in French 15 minutes 100%
      Component: Aural test Component Weighting: 20%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Aural test 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      One formative presentation. One essay plan for extended essay. Extended essay draft.

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University