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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

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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

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Reassessment Requirement
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
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