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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title French Language and Culture 2
Module Code FR297C
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Julie Daniel
Semester 2: Julie Daniel
Autumn: Julie Daniel
Module TeachersJulie Daniel
Jennifer Martyn
Agathe Ferreira
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The overall objective of the module is to provide students with skills that will enable them to become autonomous learners, to increase language proficiency, to facilitate awareness of communicative functions and broaden their vocabulary range in written and oral production and to gain an insight into diversity in French and Francophone cultural spheres. This module is 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 spontaneous interaction in the target language as well as develop lifelong language learning strategies. The module consolidates and expands the student's awareness and knowledge of the key issues in contemporary Francophone spaces and also consolidates transferable skills such as collaborative work, creativity, critical thinking and digital literacies through a variety of activities and assignments.

Learning Outcomes

1. LO1 - Understand, synthesize and report, orally and/or in writing, the main arguments from a variety of authentic multimodal documents on a range of general topics.
2. LO2 - Draw on a sufficient range of language to give clear descriptions, express viewpoints and develop arguments, without much conspicuous searching for words when speaking, and using some complex sentence forms to do so.
3. LO3 - Produce content in a clear and coherent manner; demonstrate grammatical control in French; occasional errors will occur but will not hinder comprehension.
4. LO4 - Communicate orally showing control of the French phonetic system, different intonation patterns and with a degree of fluency and dynamism in both pre-planned and spontaneous interactions.
5. LO5 - Develop the students’ language and cultural awareness through themes that foster intercultural communicative competence and global citizenship education (engaging in a critical and empathetic approach to complex social processes), while critically reflecting on their learning process.
6. LO6 - Demonstrate a sufficient level of digital literacies to creatively engage with Francophone digital spaces.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture38The timetabled sessions are interactive and learner-centered. Students are expected to actively participate in class discussion with individual contributions to whole-class and small group discussions.
Fieldwork38Autonomous completion of prescribed work. Preparation for the synchronous sessions is essential in order to successfully engage and follow the class; this includes reading/watching the required materials before the session and completing any assigned activities. Students are expected to engage autonomously in activities that will facilitate and foster their language acquisition. Their satisfactory completion will contribute to a participation and engagement mark.
Independent Study124Students are expected to take responsibility and work independently in a variety of activities required to successfully complete the course: self-planned interaction with classmates to complete collaborative tasks, study of the subject matter using Loop material and online learning resources/tools, revision of content and feedback, outside class collaborative work towards projects, consultation with teachers when needed, keeping up to date with course information and announcements, etc.
Assignment Completion50Preparation and submission of assignments (including individual contribution to group projects).
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

French Language and Culture through contemporary french and francophone culture and society
The module is conducted through French and will explore contemporary French and Francophone culture and society and also complex sociocultural issues with a stress on: i) Language functions and grammar elements according to the required level (i.e. express hypothesis, give advice, establish conditions, etc); ii) Vocabulary related to relevant contemporary themes; iii) Sociocultural aspects of France and Francophone countries through authentic resources; v) Creation of contents (digitally) individually and in groups; vi) Self-review and reflection on the learning process. Students will perform individual and collaborative tasks to develop their confidence and competence in spoken and written production as well as spontaneous interaction in the target language. They will work on the use of grammar and vocabulary in context and explore ideas about the target cultures as they arise in the context of the selected themes. Students will be guided in the development of life-long learning strategies and they will be expected to look for French language and culture learning opportunities beyond the synchronous sessions, actively engage in these activities, report on them and self-reflect on their learning process using the target language. This module is organised around weekly timetabled synchronous meetings in which students both as a class and in small groups will engage in communicative practice. Specific individual and group activities are required to be completed in a timely fashion before the weekly meeting to maximize learning during the session and after the session to consolidate and elaborate on the material covered in class.

Module Resources
Students are required to buy the Textbook "Cosmopolite 4 B2" (editor Hachette) and the corresponding Activity book "Cosmopolite 4 B2 Cahier d'activités" for this module. Some activities will require the sourcing and preparation of material and language resources by the students.

Textbook & Workbook
Textbook: Cosmopolite 4 B2 (Livre de l'élève), Workbook: Cosmopolite 4 B2 (Cahier d'activité), Editor: Hachette, Year: 2019.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizQuizzes on module topics, listening and reading comprehension. Two quizzes will be held in semester 1 and 3 quizzes in semester 2. Hence, a total of 5 quizzes throughout the year will be conducted.25%Other
Reflective journalStudents will maintain a reflective independent learning multimodal journal outside class hours. They will document their work on a weekly basis and analyse critically the themes discussed and reflect upon their learning process. Their weekly engagement & participation will also be taken into account as part of this activity. One reflection-based assessment will be held at the end of each semester.30%Once per semester
Group presentationGroup presentation on a topic selected by students in relation with any theme discussed in class. Students will critically analyse the topic from different perspectives and angles. This will take place towards the end of semester 1 only.15%Sem 1 End
ProjectGroup multimodal project: Students will research & create a multimodal presentation based on a selected topic in relation with the themes discussed during class time This will take place at the end of semester 2 only.30%Sem 2 End
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

  • (Editor: Hachette,: 2019, Textbook "Cosmopolite 4 B2",
  • (Editor: Hachette: 2019, Activity book "Cosmopolite 4 B2 Cahier d'activités",
Other Resources

59914, 0, Podcasts and videos from France & Francophone countries on the themes of Social Justice & Global Citizenship,
Programme or List of Programmes
BEDLANBachelor of Ed. in Gaeilge and FR/GE/SP

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