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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title French for Teaching Purposes
Module Code FR492
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Julie Daniel
Semester 2: Julie Daniel
Autumn: Julie Daniel
Module TeachersJulie Daniel
Jennifer Martyn
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module is designed to further develop proficiency in French to an exit level of B2.2 with a particular focus on language use in the classroom domain. The aim is to empower the learner to use accurate and appropriate French to develop comprehension, production, interaction and mediation skills in their secondary school pupils. The module also covers the use of French to teach cultural awareness and intercultural competence particularly as it pertains to the French-speaking world, as well as to teach French vocabulary and grammar with a particular emphasis on typically challenging areas for learners including moods, tenses, and lexical combinations

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop higher intermediate proficiency in French, which includes the ability to communicate with appropriate grammar and lexical resources in a range of unrehearsed situations whether it requires producing and understanding the language, interacting with other speakers or mediating between speakers.
2. Design appropriate activities that foster the development of reception, production, interaction and mediation skills in secondary school pupils.
3. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of core aspects of French grammar, vocabulary and culture and an ability to explain these through French in a manner that supports learning.
4. Source and create appropriate and accurate French language learning materials both digital and print at a level suitable for the junior cycle and senior cycle curricula.
5. Critically discuss issues related to assessment and feedback within the context of the secondary school level using appropriate terminology both in spoken and written French.
6. Critically reflect on their own teaching and adapt it as needed by the teaching context, students’ profile (e.g., proficiency, age, motivation) and external requirements (e.g., Leaving Cert).

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars24Small group seminars
Directed learning48Preparation for class sessions is essential for the success of this class; this includes reading/watching the required materials before the session and completing any assigned activities.
Independent Study28Students are expected to engage autonomously in activities that will foster their understanding of the module's content. This includes individual work and planned interaction with classmates to review class content or/and complete collaborative tasks.
Assignment Completion25Preparation of presentation and portfolio.
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

Language practice & language pedagogy
Based on the principles of Content & Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), the purpose of this module is two-fold: (i) to improve French language skills and (ii) to develop a better understanding of French language pedagogy. We will cover the following areas: Developing students’ own production, comprehension, interaction and mediation skills as well as designing and engaging others in activities that support these modes of communication. Develop students’ own grammar as well as teaching grammar through accurate and appropriate French Develop students’ own vocabulary as well as teaching vocabulary through accurate and appropriate French Develop students’ own vocabulary as well as teaching intercultural competence through accurate and appropriate French and with a thorough knowledge of cultural differences among different French-speaking countries Developing, adapting and using French materials for and in the classroom Discussing issues related to assessment and feedback. Reflecting and adapting teaching style

Work Format
This module includes weekly class meetings. Because the module will follow a flipped approach to instruction, it is essential that students complete the assigned work before each class session in order to be able to participate in class discussions. Coursework involves individual and pair/group work to complete tasks. Students will need to communicate with classmates during class sessions as well as outside our timetabled sessions in order to complete group tasks and assignments.

Beyond the Classroom
Students are expected to practise their language skills outside the classroom, using all available resources provided by the teacher, SALIS (eg. LanguaCulture Space), the Alliance, the French Society, etc.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Oral ExaminationThe oral examination will test students' ability to communicate in unrehearsed situations as well as their ability to apply the concepts studied during the semester to specific classroom situations.30%n/a
PortfolioThe portfolio will include several tasks that will be completed individually and collaboratively during the semester.70%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

  • Manuel de formation pratique pour le professeur de FLE -: 0, Manuel de formation pratique pour le professeur de FLE -, Clé International,
  • Essential French grammar: 0, Essential French grammar, Routledge,
  • Collection F - Faire classe en FLE.: 0, Collection F - Faire classe en FLE., Reinhardt et al, 978201155945
  • Collection F - Élaborer un cours de FLE.: 0, Collection F - Élaborer un cours de FLE., Courtillon, 978201155214
  • La classe de langue.: 0, La classe de langue., Tagliante, 9782090377552
  • La classe inversée,: 0, La classe inversée,, Eid et al., 978-2-09-0382
  • Enseigner le FLE : pratiques de classe.: 0, Enseigner le FLE : pratiques de classe., (Guide Belin), 978-27011481
Other Resources

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

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