French stage 5 ADED2046E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

A course suitable for those who have completed Stage 4 or equivalent. Classes are conducted entirely in French and students will become accustomed to hearing the language spoken at the normal speed of a native speaker. The class includes paired activities and small and large-group discussions around themes such as news items, short stories, analysing photographs etc. All activities aim to maintain and increase fluency. Grammar is revised as appropriate.

Timetable

Blocks 1 and 2

Weekly two-hour classes for 20 weeks

Wednesdays 10.00-12.00

Thursdays 10.00 - 12.00 (Baljaffray)

  

Requirements of Entry

Students should have normally successfully completed French Stage 4, or equivalent.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Course is assessed with two written pieces of work, and two oral. The two pieces of written work are: 1. A piece of creative writing (500-750 words), either a short story or the script of a dialogue between two or more people, about a subject of the student's choice; and 2. A 500-750 word essay on some aspect of French culture. Students need to pass three of the four elements. At the end of the course, successful students are awarded a Pass, which attracts an aggregation score of 9, equivalent to D3.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ Enable students to achieve an advanced level of communicative competency and linguistic accuracy in the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening to French.

■ Develop in students a discerning understanding of the structure of the French language.

■ Enable students to apply this knowledge practically, in speaking activities with other students.

■ Develop students' communication skills and encourage autonomous learning.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, (in French)  students will be able to:

■ Converse for a full two hours, without recourse to English, over a wide variety of topics, some light hearted and some serious

■ Demonstrate autonomy, initiative and leadership when engaging in small and large group discussions.

■ Use a wide range of grammar and idiom and demonstrate a high degree of grammatical accuracy in a piece of creative writing.

■ Demonstrate an ability to understand the gist of French spoken at normal speed by a native speaker.

■ Use a wide range of grammar and idiom and demonstrate a high degree of grammatical accuracy, in an essay on French culture.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.