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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title French Language 3 (Intermediate)
Module Code FR130
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Maria Loftus
Semester 2: Maria Loftus
Autumn: Maria Loftus
Module TeachersMaria Loftus
Julie Moyne
Elodie Lefeuvre
Aparajita Dey-Plissonneau
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework to be determined by the lecturer and completed by a given date.

This module is entirely conducted 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 digital literacies 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. Fostering creativity will be to the fore, with students producing several authentic multimodal digital artefacts.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand a variety of text types in order to locate and gather desired information; recognise significant points and ideas in different written materials such as newspapers, letters, brochures, websites on familiar subjects, such as university life, interests, travel, current affairs, etc. and reflect critically on these.
2. Produce written pieces on topics of interest, summarise, report and give his/her opinion about accumulated factual information on familiar matters with some confidence, write reflective pieces.
3. Communicate orally and express thoughts with some confidence in an intelligible manner, on familiar or on more abstract, cultural topics related to his/her interests; enter unprepared into conversation to exchange, check and confirm information pertinent to university life, interests, travel, etc. of a global reach.
4. Follow a short lecture or talk, provided the subject matter is familiar and the presentation straightforward and clearly structured; understand announcements, instructions, and messages on concrete and abstract topics spoken in standard dialect at normal speed.
5. Show a relatively high degree of grammatical control; draw on a sufficient vocabulary to express him/herself with some circumlocutions 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. Make effective use of digital tools and resources for language learning and language use (spoken and written) including searching and retrieving relevant and reliable information; effectively interpreting, evaluating documents and artefacts by asking critical questions, assessing credibility, comparing sources, and tracking the origins of information.
7. Engage in activities to develop capacity for lifelong learning; reflect on his/her own development and learning experience in a critical manner.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial44Guided language learning activities and project work. Attendance is compulsory.
Assignment Completion50Preparation and submission of assignments (including individual contribution to group projects)
Group work30Outside class (face-to-face or online) collaborative work towards projects.
Portfolio Preparation24Preparation of language learning portfolio, on a regular basis.
Directed learning102Completion of prescribed homework
Total Workload: 250

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

This project and task-based course is conducted through French and is divided into four units of learning (2 per semester): Unit 1 - Understanding and giving instructions; Unit 2 - A week in DCU; Unit 3 - Francophone film festival; Unit 4 - A class trip to a francophone region. In each unit, students will work towards the creation of a text (written, spoken or both), which will be formally assessed.

Language Practice
In the context of each unit of learning, students will engage, individually and collaboratively, in reception, production and interaction activities, face-to-face and online, designed to build their confidence and to provide them with the linguistic knowledge (e.g. vocabulary, phonology, sentence structure and function of words and groups of words, agreement system in French, etc.) and competencies that will enable them to function at a B1.1 level orally and in writing. They will also extensively practice a broad range of strategies to increase their listening and reading comprehension.

Digital literacies for language learning and language use
Students will learn how to make effective use of wide array of search engines and services to retrieve, and critically evaluate, relevant and reliable information in the French language in order to create, in French, texts in multiple media, notably using images, sounds, and video. They will learn how to make effective use of online dictionaries and varied language resources to increase their language competencies and skills. They will also consolidate their computer skills, with a particular focus on wordprocessing skills and on the collaborative production and sharing of digital texts.

Lifelong language learning skills
Students will engage in guided individual and collaborative activities that will assist them in taking responsibility for their own learning and in developing effective language learning strategies. They will maintain a portfolio showcasing their work and learning outcomes throughout the semester and will reflect on their language learning experience and outcomes.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Completion of online activityOnline quiz10%n/a
Group project Giving instructions (written and spoken). Students will work in small groups with a view to help their peers learn a new skill by giving them spoken and written instructions and interacting with them orally to help them perform a task.20%Week 5
PortfolioIndividual language learning portfolio and reflective report. Students will showcase their language work throughout the semester and will produce a written report on their language learning activities and experience, their language and competencies development, and their participation.20%Week 11
Completion of online activityOnline quiz10%n/a
EssayIndividual written production. Students will present and review a francophone film.20%n/a
Poster presentation Group and individual project. In small groups, students will prepare a poster outlining a proposed class trip to a French speaking region. They will present their poster in class and debate with their classmates.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

  • Hawkins, Towell & Lamy: 2015, Practising French Grammar,
  • Hawkins & Towell: 2015, French Grammar and Usage,
  • Steele, R.: 2017, Civilisation Progressive du Français,
Other Resources

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Date of Last Revision29-AUG-11

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