module specification

OFL075 - French Stage 3A (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title French Stage 3A
Module level Level 4/5/6 (99)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 30%   Progress test: use of language, receptive skills and writing
Coursework 30%   Coursework
Oral Examination 40%   Oral test
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Afternoon
Spring semester North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

In this module students will develop advanced language skills and work towards becoming autonomous users of French. (CEFR Level B1/B2)  Students will learn how to use French in a wide range of contexts both personally and professionally, through practical class activities focusing on authentic language use. There will be a particular emphasis on developing reading and writing skills, as well as oral, listening and intercultural skills.  The course extends students’ ability to use a wide range of grammatical structures and vocabulary accurately. In addition, cultural aspects of French speaking countries will be studied.
The course is structured around class time, autonomous learning and guided WebLearn materials.

Prior learning requirements

Completion of OFL074 OR B1 competence

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

•  To increase students’ linguistic competence in French in all skills towards an advanced level (level B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference)
• To further develop appropriate language learning strategies to encourage effective autonomous learning
• To develop a further understanding of the cultural contexts of French speaking countries
• To enhance student employability and transferable skills


• Development of listening skills, including note taking and reconstituting notes
• Development of writing and reading skills
• Further development of a wide range of lexis
• study of genre and register in written texts

• extension and expansion of grammatical control (new and revised structures)
• Development of oral fluency and accuracy
• Development of linguistic devices to improve cohesion and coherence

Learning and teaching

Learning and teaching strategies will be delivered through a blended learning approach. Learners will actively participate in individual and group activities in class and autonomously, using online resources and tools available on Weblearn, as well as paper based materials. They will receive teacher and peer feedback to enable them to reflect on their learning

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this module are calibrated to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.  By the end of the module students should be able to:

• Write accurately and in an appropriate register on a variety of topics related to personal matters, current affairs and areas of professional expertise.
• Demonstrate the ability to narrate experiences and events, and give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans
• Show a relatively high degree of grammatical control 
• Proof read and correct mistakes
• Deliver a clear presentation on a prepared topic, with some errors and hesitations
• Use a  wide range of language to give clear descriptions
• Express viewpoints on most general topics in a fluent manner

Assessment strategy

The module will be assessed through in-class tests, coursework and an oral test. The in-class test will assess learning outcomes 1 and 2, the course work will assess learning outcomes 1 and the oral test will assess learning outcomes 2.


Alter Ego 3 coursebook by Dollez &Pons (Hachette)
Grammaire Progressive Niveau avance by Boulares&Frerot (CLE International)
Weblearn and other appropriate online resources