French language and culture (Intermediate B2) ADED2061

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • 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

This course is aimed at intermediate speakers who would like to become more confident in the use of the language as well as develop their sociocultural knowledge. The focus of the course is on language practice through a variety of relevant topics, from current affairs to literature, films, art and history but also covering appropriate intermediate language content. You will have the opportunity to interact with others and participate in discussions in topical areas, linking stretches of language to communicate effectively, increasing, at the same time, your cultural competence and awareness of the areas where the language is spoken.

 

During this course, you will be working at levels B1+/B2 of the Common European Framework.

Timetable

Blocks 1 and 2

Block 1 runs w/c 30 September - w/c 2 December 2019

2 hours pw for 20 weeks

Thursdays

10.00-12.00

Requirements of Entry

This course is recommended for learners who are independent users of the language and want to further develop their skills, having completed an Intermediate course or reached, at least, B1+ level.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

None

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide relevant sociocultural materials permitting an insight into customs, usages, attitudes, values and beliefs;

■ Enable learners to interact with others with a degree of fluency through the exploration of culturally relevant topics;

■ Develop language skills to be able to recognise and explain viewpoints on topical issues giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options;

■ Encourage learners to produce connected text on a variety of sociocultural subjects.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate intercultural awareness and competence, and appreciate differences with own culture;

■ Communicate with some confidence in topical issues, exchanging, checking and confirming information; 

■ Listen and identify factual information, general messages and specific detail on relevant sociocultural topics;  

■ Recognise the line of argument and main conclusions in a variety of texts; 

■ Write straightforward, connected texts on a range of topical subjects.