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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2022-2023 (archived)

Module CFLS1F1P1: French Stage 1B

Department: Centre for Foreign Language Study

CFLS1F1P1: French Stage 1B

Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • This module is intended for false Beginners in French. This includes those with some limited prior knowledge of French at pre-CEFR A1 level, and those students who are native speakers of, or have prior ability to at least CEFR A1 level in another Romance language. It is not suitable for students with prior knowledge of French at GCSE level or above, or CEFR A1 and above.


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Any Core Language Module offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures


  • To provide an foundation in French Language in the four core language skills, i.e. listening, speaking, reading and writing and an introduction to the common grammatical structures of the target language.
  • To encourage a positive and confident attitude towards language learning.
  • To develop and apply meta language and learning techniques appropriate to undergraduate level study.
  • To provide a linguistic platform for communicative competence in French.
  • To promote cultural awareness.


  • The module is designed to provide a sound platform for foreign language acquisition by helping students to understand and reinforce the core structure of the French language through the study of grammar.
  • Classes will be used to review vocabulary as well as to introduce and practise new vocabulary through interactive language exercises developing students' independence and fluency at an introductory level.
  • Guided and independent self-study will be an essential element in order to achieve maximum exposure to the target language and to accelerate students' learning pace.
  • Cultural awareness will be developed through the study of selected background material.
  • Functional topics may include:
  • Talking about yourself
  • Interacting in a range of everyday situations when visiting France or a French speaking country
  • Expressing opinions
  • Talking about past, current and future events
  • Describing people, objects and places

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students will:
  • demonstrate an understanding of common grammatical principles, and be able to communicate in the present, past and future tenses on familiar topics and activities;
  • communicate in tasks requiring a direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities;
  • have an awareness of the main features of contemporary French culture.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module students will:
  • understand and elicit factual information in French in simple everyday situations;
  • understand and extract relevant information from course related written and aural texts;
  • describe aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need;
  • write short notes, messages and a guided composition in a logical and coherent sequence.
Key Skills:
  • By the end of the module students will:
  • demonstrate the ability to identify their own learning needs and address them effectively;
  • demonstrate an understanding of core meta language sufficient to undertake independent study of essential grammar and lexis;
  • demonstrate a strategic competence that will allow them to understand the gist of conversations / texts in simple, everyday but unpredictable situations.

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

  • This module is delivered through three 1-hour seminars each week
  • Seminar sessions will be used to practise the four principal language skills and to provide high quality target language input from the module tutor and from multimedia audiovisual learning material.
  • In preparation for each session students will be expected to revise new material and complete formative language exercises.
  • The assessment scheme for this module is designed to test students' level of attainment in language production (speaking and writing) and reception (listening and reading). Summative assessment is conducted as in-course continuous assessment.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminar 60 three times per week 1 hour 60
Preparation and Reading 140
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Reading, Writing and Language Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
individual project assignment 1 30% No
individual project assignment 2 70% Yes
Component: Oral & Listening Assessment Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Group oral assessment 20 minutes 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Regular homework/assignments will be given to the students to practise and consolidate what they have done in class and to prepare the following session, some of which will be submitted and marked as formative assignments and regular feedback will be given to the students accordingly.

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