module specification

OFL072 - French Stage 1B (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
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
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
Autumn semester North Tuesday Evening
Spring semester North Wednesday Afternoon
Autumn semester North Thursday Evening

Module summary

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.

Prior learning requirements

Completion of OFL071 OR A1 competence

Module aims

The aims of this module are:
• To develop students’ linguistic competences in French for all skills towards an elementary level (level A2 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) in French
• Development of productive skills (speaking and writing)
• Development of vocabulary and lexis
• Further 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 to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 
On completing this module, students will be able to:

1. Understand simple language in familiar contexts and situations
Interact in a simple way, ask and answer questions on familiar topics
Produce short utterances on familiar topics and situations
Respond to and initiate questions and statements on familiar topics

2 Write short notes and messages, fill in forms with personal details
Write simple emails/online posts
Understand short simple written texts and find specific information in everyday material
Understand the gist of simple written texts on familiar topics

3. Extend their range of vocabulary and phrases related to familiar topics and situations
Extend their control of a range of grammatical structures

Assessment strategy

Learning outcomes 1,2 and 3 will be assessed through the progress test, listening test and oral test.


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