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French 3 (Level 4)


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Agnès Calatayud
  • Assessment: continuous assessment (20%), a listening in-class assessment (20%), written in-class assessment (35%), oral in-class assessment (20%) and class participation (5%)

Module description

This 29-week course, leading to CEFR B2 (Upper Intermediate)/A-level+*, is aimed at developing your language skills in French (listening, speaking, reading and writing). You will learn to speak about your identity, roots, immigration, relationships, body and health, towns and their evolution (architecture, suburbs, environment), education, sports, travel, new technologies, work and unemployment, the economy, life's little pleasures (gastronomy, literature and art), beliefs, citizenship, politics, traditions, Europe and globalisation. A novel and its film adaptation will also be studied in depth.

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Please note: this is only an approximate equivalence.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar
  • understand most TV news and current affairs programmes
  • understand the majority of films in standard dialect
  • read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints
  • understand contemporary literary prose
  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible
  • take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining your views
  • present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to your field of interest
  • explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options
  • write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to your interests
  • write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of, or against, a particular point of view
  • write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.