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.


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





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.