FR20020 French language II a: Grammaire et syntaxe françaises

Academic Year 2020/2021

This is a language module aimed at learners who have consolidated CEFR Level B1. It builds on the foundation provided in Language Ia and Ib. It enables students to develop competence in the written and spoken expression of opinions and ideas, to improve reading and listening comprehension and oral production, and to consolidate mastery of a number of essential grammatical structures.

Students who have achieved at least a B grade in this module are deemed to be successfully progressing towards the CEFR level B2.

The weekly lecture will be online. Students can then choose from either an on-campus or an online seminar for both their written class and their aural / oral class.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should have developed their ability to: identify and employ correctly complex syntactical and lexical structures that facilitate communication and expression at an advanced level; write lexically and syntactically sophisticated short texts, expressing opinions and ideas and drawing on documents from Francophone media; follow discussions in complex spoken French (including Francophone media), and display comprehension of salient details; express opinions and ideas in syntactically and lexically complex spoken French, with attention to pronunciaton and intonation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, seminars, weekly writing assignments, autonomous learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students must have passed FR10020 or FR10070.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
FR10070 - French Grammar & Expression

LANG10050 - French Gen Purp 4, LANG10170 - French Gen Purp 1, LANG10180 - French Gen Purp 2, LANG20010 - French Gen Purp 3, LANG20040 - French Gen Purp 5, LANG20050 - French for Business 5, LANG20060 - French for Sc & Eng 5, LANG20170 - French Gen Purp 6, LANG20440 - French for General Purposes 4

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Online quiz, related to aural videos Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Class Test: Aural comprehension and dictation Week 12 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Online quiz / comprehension, related to written articles Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: 2-hour written exam (grammar, translation, comprehension) 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on weekly written pieces of work; group feedback after in-class formative grammar tests. Feedback from language assistants after aural comprehensions.

Name Role
Dr Manu Braganca Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Derval Conroy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Mary Gallagher Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Stephen Schwartz Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Charlotte Berkery Tutor
Mr Nicolas Feve Tutor
Ms Laëtitia Nebot-Deneuville Tutor