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French 3


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor: Agnès Calatayud
  • Prerequisite: CEFR* B1 or equivalent
  • Assessment: two continuous assessment exercises (20%), an in-class listening assessment (15%), in-class written assessment (30%), oral in-class assessment (15%), 1000-word self-reflexive essay in French (15%) and class participation (5%)

Module description

This 24-week module is taught at CEFR* B2 (Upper Intermediate)/A-level+ level. It will give you upper-intermediate listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French, as well as improving your pronunciation and your cultural competence.

You will learn how to speak and write about:

  • your identity and roots
  • your body and health
  • relationships
  • education
  • sports
  • travel
  • new technologies
  • work and unemployment
  • the economy
  • towns and their evolution (architecture, suburbs, environment)
  • life's little pleasures (gastronomy, literature, art)
  • beliefs, citizenship, politics, traditions
  • immigration
  • Europe and globalisation.

Each 2.5-hour class will be conducted in French from day one, using the textbooks Alter Ego 3+ and Alter Ego 4+

* 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 the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions
  • interact regularly with native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity
  • produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects
  • explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.