French For Engineers LANGCTR1009

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The main aims of the Introductory Stage module are to provide students with the opportunity of

learning the basic social and "survival" skills in the target language, to give them some insight into

cultural differences and to introduce them to some specifically technical terminology.

Objectives:

to develop general linguistic competence, particularly oral skills

to help students acquire confidence in dealing with others by encouraging pairwork and group work

to broaden students' understanding of other cultures

to encourage self-directed learning

Timetable

Weekly on Wednesday at 10 for one hour and on Thursday at 9 for two hours

Requirements of Entry

None

Excluded Courses

French 1A, French 1B, French 1A( Language Only), French 1B( Language Only)

Assessment

Assessment is by a combination of continuous assessment, worth 60% of the total mark, and an end of module final examination, worth 40%.

The continuous assessment mark is based on 2 reading comprehension assessments worth 10%, 3 oral assessments worth 30%, 2 listening assessments worth 10% and a series of language tests done during the session, worth 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The main aims of the Introductory Stage module are to provide students with the opportunity of

learning the basic social and "survival" skills in the target language, to give them some insight into

cultural differences and to introduce them to some specifically technical terminology.

Objectives:

to develop general linguistic competence, particularly oral skills

to help students acquire confidence in dealing with others by encouraging pairwork and group work

to broaden students' understanding of other cultures

to encourage self-directed learning

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the Introductory Stage module, students will be able to:

■ exchange introductions, greetings and other courtesies

■ hold a short conversation on personal circumstances, background, family, studies, country

■ deal with numbers, dates, times and financial transactions

■ find their way around in a town / building

■ make travel arrangements and cope with travelling by air / train /other public transport / car

■ understand and give simple instructions

■ tackle finding accommodation, including asking for advice and information and understanding small

ads

■ cope with shopping for everyday items

■ deal with public services such as the post office and banks

■ talk about leisure, hobbies, social events, sport

■ complete straightforward forms

■ write a simple formal letter

■ handle a simple telephone conversation

■ understand the gist of current affairs items on television or reasonably accessible newspaper

articles

■ understand key differences in culture and social and professional etiquette.

 

While profession-specific material will not be extensively studied in this Beginners' module, students will acquire enough technical terminology to allow them to:

■ recognise and use common technical vocabulary

■ describe / understand simple technical descriptions

■ give simple profession-related instructions and participate in a very straightforward technical

■ conversation

■ recognise common terminology relating to health and safety

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.