DCU Home | Our Courses | Loop | Registry | Library | Search DCU

Module Specifications..

Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title French Language Skills (Advanced)
Module Code FR497
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Valerie O'Reilly
Semester 2: Valerie O'Reilly
Autumn: Valerie O'Reilly
Module TeachersJulie Moyne
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The aim of this module is to prepare students to be able to use French language naturally and appropriately in any situations, either at work, in social gatherings or in everyday life. In order to do this, based on the principles of content & language integrated learning, the module will focus on developing every language skill: listening, reading, speaking, writing and intercultural skill. This will be done through the exploration of two main topics: current affairs from French speaking countries, and the future of our world. Students are expected to work towards attaining a high level of oral and written fluency and accuracy in all situations. They will have to attend all sessions and to participate fully in the proposed learning activities, either individually or in groups, with their classmates and also with native French speakers through online telecollaboration.

Learning Outcomes

1. understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, conversations, multimodal documents, and recognise implicit meaning.
2. express him/herself effectively and spontaneously without too much obvious searching for expressions for social, academic and professional purposes.
3. produce clear, well-structured, detailed arguments, both written and orally on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
4. easily follow most lectures, complex interactions between third parties, native and non-native speakers, in group discussion and debate, even on unfamiliar topics.
5. express personal opinions on a complex topic in an interactive manner in oral discussions to a specialised audience with a level of fluency and accuracy appropriate for this level. Can handle interjections well, responding spontaneously and almost effortlessly in said interactions.
6. demonstrate reflective and critical thinking on the topics covered throughout the module and also on the tasks carried out individually and with peers in the target language.
7. make effective use of digital tools and resources for the purpose of language learning.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Online synchronous activity-Class attendance compulsory
Online activity50Preparation & practice in asynchronous classes
Group work80Collaborative work towards projects for tasks 1, 2 and 4
Assignment Completion36Individual work and peer review towards task 3
Portfolio Preparation30Reflection and analysis of work realised throughout units
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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group assignmentFrench Speaking Current Affairs: Written preparatory work and oral presentation online, in group of two20%Week 6
PortfolioNews report: one topic, two countries, telecollaborative work and reflection25%Week 11
PresentationMy Vision of the Future: Oral Presentation30%Week 24
AssignmentSuccessful Interactions: oral exam on different types of interactions in groups of four and individual portfolio on preparatory work25%Week 30
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

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    INTBBachelor Business Studies International
    SMPHSSSingle Module Programme (Hum Soc Sci)

    My DCU | Loop | Disclaimer | Privacy Statement