module specification

OFL072 - French Stage 1B (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title French Stage 1B
Module level Level 4/5/6 (99)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
24 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
0 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
126 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 40%   Reading and Writing
Oral Examination 60%   Oral test
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Morning
Spring semester North Wednesday Morning

Module summary

In this module, students will continue to learn French and will become confident elementary users, towards CEFR A2 level.  Students will learn to use the language in familiar contexts through practical class activities, focusing on functional and authentic language use. The module develops students’ control of grammatical structures and vocabulary, as well as focusing on reading, writing, listening, speaking, communicative and pronunciation skills. Students will also study the cultures of French speaking countries.

This is a 15 credit module taught on a semester basis. The module is assessed by a progress test, a listening test and an oral test. The course is structured around class time, autonomous learning and guided WebLearn materials. The module is adaptable to the language abilities of students and can be taught to students studying in different years.

Prior learning requirements

Completion of OFL071 OR equivalent competence


The course is structured around class time, independent learning and guided Weblearn materials. Indicative contents will include:
• Development of listening and speaking skills LO1
• Development of writing skills LO2
• Development of a basic range of vocabulary and lexis LO1, LO2
• Acquisition of simple grammatical structures and basic tenses LO1, LO2

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module will follow a blended learning approach. Students will study French during class and extend and consolidate this with the use of WebLearn and other online and paper- based resources. They will develop autonomous learning skills and language learning strategies. Students will work together and alone in and out of class and 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 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.  On completing this module, students will be able to:

1. Speaking and Listening:

Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance.

Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

2. Writing and Reading :

Understand simple written texts related to familiar topics

Write short utterances and notes on familiar topics and situations


Assessment strategy

The module will be assessed through a Reading and Writing test and an Oral test. The Reading and Writing test will assess learning outcome 2, while the oral test will assess learning outcomes 1.

Formative assessment supports students in developing for summative assessment.

Feedback on assessment is timely, constructive and developmental.

Processes for marking assessments and for moderating marks are clearly articulated and consistently operated by those involved in the assessment process.


Bissar, D., Phillips, H. and Tschirhart, C. (2016) Foundations French 1. 3rd edn. Basingstoke:  Palgrave.

Grégoire, M. and Merlo, G. (1998) Grammaire progressive du français: niveau debutant. Paris:  CLE International.

WebLearn and other appropriate online resources.