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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Intermediate French Language Skills 1
Module Code FR103
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Valerie O'Reilly
Semester 2: Valerie O'Reilly
Autumn: Valerie O'Reilly
Module TeachersValerie O'Reilly
Julie Boustie
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module is conducted predominantly through French. Throughout the year, students will perform individual and collaborative tasks to develop their confidence and competence in spoken and written production as well as interaction in the target language. They will develop skills that will help them source and critically evaluate information about French-speaking cultures and produce spoken and written texts directed to a French-speaking audience, as well as lifelong language learning strategies.

Learning Outcomes

1. Extract information from a range of different written materials such as newspapers and websites on familiar subjects, such as everyday life, university life, interests, travel, current affairs, etc.
2. Produce written pieces on topics of interest and give his/her opinion on familiar matters.
3. Communicate orally and in an intelligible manner, on familiar topics related to his/her interests.
4. Understand announcements, instructions, and messages on concrete topics spoken in standard dialect at normal speed.
5. Show a good degree of grammatical control; draw on a sufficient vocabulary to express him/herself on most topics pertinent to his/her everyday life such as university life, interests, travel, current affairs, etc. and make only a few mistakes leading to misunderstanding.
6. Engage in activities to develop capacity for lifelong learning; reflect on his/her own development and learning experience.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial25Small group language classes and task-based class activities
Independent Study40Interaction with native speakers, reading and listening to authentic material
Directed learning40Preparation of class presentation on a chosen topic and related class activities
Assignment Completion20Language learning diary
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Classroom sessions are interactive and learner-centered. The syllabus focuses on increasing the language fluency and accuracy as well as covering essential cultural aspects through a variety of tasks, class activities and group projects. Students will be asked to work in pairs/groups and complete a variety of language assignments/tasks. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to function at an A2 level, orally and in writing.

This module does not have any book resources. Various resources will be recommended by the lecturer and peers in due course. Students will be required to consult the Loop page before coming to class and study the recommended material in order to come prepared to class.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioParticipation in activities and progress based on the completion of the weekly work required during the semester.40%n/a
Loop QuizReading comprehension text (Gap text)20%n/a
Loop QuizListening comprehension. Various formats of audio text.20%n/a
EssayShort written production in relation to topics studied in class.20%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • 0: Core textbook, if required, will be specified by the lecturer at the beginning of the semester.,
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Date of Last Revision01-OCT-09

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