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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title French Language Culture and Text
Module Code FR373
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Valerie O'Reilly
Semester 2: Valerie O'Reilly
Autumn: Valerie O'Reilly
Module TeachersValerie O'Reilly
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module, conducted in French, is to prepare students to be able to use the French language naturally and appropriately in a large array of situations, either in social gatherings, in everyday life and academic surroundings. In order to do so, students will engage with different text types and practical situations to increase and consolidate their language and cultural competence with particular emphasis on productive skills, both written and oral. FR373 will also nurture the development of a range of transferable and life-long learning skills such as digital literacies and critical thinking.

Learning Outcomes

1. LO1: Understand and extract information and opinions from a wide range of texts, conversations, multimodal documents for social, administrative and academic purposes;
2. LO2: express him/herself effectively and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions and grammatical features and adapt the language register according to the situation;
3. LO3: easily follow most lectures, varied interactions between third parties, native and non-native speakers in group discussion. Can handle interjections well, responding spontaneously and with little effort in said interactions;
4. LO4: express personal opinions on a topic in an interactive manner in oral discussions with a level of fluency and accuracy appropriate for this level and produce clear, well-structured texts showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices;
5. LO5: demonstrate reflective and critical thinking on the topics covered throughout the module and also on the tasks carried out individually and with peers;
6. LO6: Make effective use of digital tools and resources for language learning and language use.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture7These synchronous 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.
Fieldwork20Preparation for the synchronous sessions & practice in asynchronous classes 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 homework.
Independent Study20Students are expected to take responsibility and engage autonomously in a variety of activities required to successfully complete the course: CA preparation and completion, self-planned interaction with classmates to complete collaborative tasks, study of the subject matter using textbooks and online learning resources/tools, revision of content and feedback, consultation with teachers when needed, keeping up to date with course information and announcements, reflection and analysis of work real
Assignment Completion3Students will have to take an oral exam in week 7. Also, they assess their peers on a specific task using criteria similar to those used by their teacher.
Total Workload: 50

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

Authentic materials: newspapers, podcast, videos

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioCA1: Multimodal Learning Portfolio /Dossier that consists of various tasks documenting and developing the topics and skills covered in class throughout the semester. It will also include some reflections on students’ learning experience and expectations for their semester abroad. Some entries will be assessed individually and some others will be group tasks.60%Week 7
Oral ExaminationCA2: Oral exam: Successful interactions In week 7, students will have to interact spontaneously on a situation randomly assigned, based on the range covered throughout the semester. This task will be assessed individually.40%Week 7
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

  • Didier: 2015, TextBook Edito B2,
  • Le Bled 2016: 2016, Grammaire, Hachette,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BEDLANBachelor of Ed. in Gaeilge and FR/GE/SP
SMPHSSSingle Module Programme (Hum Soc Sci)

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