module specification

OFL071 - French Stage 1A (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
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
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
Spring semester North Friday 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. The module is adaptable to the language abilities of students and can be taught to students studying in different years.


The course is structured around class time, independent learning and guided Weblearn materials. Indicative contents will include:
• Development of listening and speaking skills LO1, LO2
• Development of writing skills LO3
• Development of a basic range of vocabulary and lexis LO1, LO2, LO3
• Acquisition of simple grammatical structures LO1, LO3

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 on their own in and out of class and 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 simple messages and conversations in French

• Interact in a simple way in French, ask and answer simple personal questions

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 and the oral test will assess learning outcome 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.