module specification

OFL071 - French Stage 1A (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title French Stage 1A
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 40%   Progress test: use of the language, reading and writing
In-Course Test 20%   Listening test
Oral Examination 40%   Oral test
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Friday Afternoon
Autumn semester North Thursday Afternoon
Autumn semester North Friday Morning

Module summary

In this module, students will start to learn French and will become confident basic users, up to CEFR A1 level.  Students will learn to use the language in familiar contexts through practical class activities, focusing on functional and authentic language use. The module introduces students to 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, with no prior learning required. 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.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:
• To develop students’ linguistic competences in French for all skills to a basic level (level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference);
• To develop appropriate language learning strategies to encourage effective autonomous learning
• To develop an understanding of the cultural contexts in which French is used
• To enhance student employability and transferable skills


The course is structured around class time, autonomous learning and guided Weblearn materials. Indicative contents will include:
• Development of receptive skills (listening and reading)
• Development of productive skills (speaking and writing)
• Development of vocabulary and lexis
• Acquisition of simple grammatical structures
• Second language acquisition and language learning strategies

Learning and teaching

This course 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 Understand simple French when spoken slowly
Interact in a simple way, ask and answer simple questions

2  Write short notes, fill in forms with personal details
Understand short simple written texts and find specific information in everyday material

3  Use a basic range of vocabulary and simple phrases related to familiar topics
Develop control of a range of simple grammatical structures
Produce short utterances on familiar topics and situations
Respond to simple questions and statements
Use simple connectors to link groups of words

Assessment strategy

Learning outcomes 1,2 and 3 will be assessed by means of a progress test (use of the language, reading and writing), a listening test and an oral test.


Foundations French 1 by Bissar/Phillips/Tschirhart (Palgrave)
Grammaire progressive niveau debutant Gregoire/Merlo (CLE International)
Weblearn and other appropriate online resources.