French Language 1 (Beginners) FRENCH1005
- Academic Session: 2020-21
- School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
- Credits: 40
- Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
- Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
This course introduces students to the grammar and syntax of the target language, helps them acquire an initial foundation vocabulary and build on it and enables them to use the language in comprehension, speaking and writing;
Weekly language classes Monday at 10am, 2pm or 3pm PLUS Tuesday at 10am, 2pm or 3pm. Fortnightly lectures on Wednesday at 10am or 12pm and weekly oral seminars at times to be arranged.
Requirements of Entry
This is a beginners' course requiring no previous knowledge of French; knowledge of another foreign language is, however, an advantage. Students with at least grade B at SQA Higher French or equivalent obtained in the previous 3 years are not permitted to take this course but are eligible to take French Language 1 (non-beginners).
French 1 Beginners (Early Exit) FRENCH1010, French Language 1 (non-beginners) FRENCH1006, French for International Mobility 1 and 2, LANGCTR1029, LANGCTR1050, LANGCTR1030, LANGCTR1053
Assessed language exercises throughout semesters 1 and 2 - 25%
Oral Examination (10 minutes) - 25%
Written Examination (2 hours) - 50%
Main Assessment In: April/May
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.
Reassessment of in-class language tests and other regular assessed exercises is not possible as this coursework is corrected and returned promptly to students. The School does not have the resources to create multiple versions of these various tests each year.
This course aims to:
■ introduce students to the target language and prepare them to move directly into level 2;
■ ensure students can understand, read, write and speak the target language at beginners level;
■ ensure students can use the target language confidently at levels A1 and A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and that towards the end of the academic year students are able to understand and produce material at B1 level of the Framework;
■ help prepare students to use the target language in everyday situations.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ read, comprehend, analyse and translate beginner-level texts of a variety of styles in the target language;
■ speak with confidence in the target language on a range of topics reflecting work done on the course, using all the basic structures, idiom, and vocabulary correctly;
■ respond with confidence to questions posed both orally and in writing, using the basic grammatical structures of the target language accurately and appropriately;
■ produce texts written in the target language that show an active command of vocabulary, grammar and idiom at beginners level reflecting the work contained in the course materials.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75 percent by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment. Students must attempt the oral exam.