FR30310 French Language 3a: Expression avancée

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module continues the study of French language (syntax, grammar, lexis, orthography) undertaken in previous years through close study of a variety of contemporary journalistic texts and regular production of related written work. Across the written and oral strands of the module, the common emphasis is on precise handling of the French language at a sophisticated level: précis-writing (ie synopsis) and proficiency in aural comprehension and oral presentation are core emphases in the module. At the same time, readings deepen students' insights into current thinking in French on a range of contemporary questions. Classes are conducted in French. Students who have achieved at least a B grade in this module are deemed to be successfully progressing towards level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students who participate fully in this module (regular attendance and submission of weekly work) and who complete it successfully should be able to:
-- read and understand sophisticated journalistic French
-- summarise the argument of a complex newspaper article and formulate a related set of points, all in correct and complex French
-- follow a discussion in complex French
-- prepare and deliver a short oral presentation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Conversation Class


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Weekly language workshops (written and oral) with weekly submission of written work.

Teaching delivery:
Given the extent to which social distancing and the wearing of facemasks would compromise language teaching and learning on this module, all classes (written and oral) will take place online at the scheduled time according to the university timetable. Active participation in these classes is required. This includes full engagement with preparation tasks and materials (oral and written) made available on Brightspace, as well as weekly submission of written work. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students must have passed French Language 2a and 2b (FR20020 and FR20040).

Learning Exclusions:

Students who have already completed FR30010 or FR30130 must consult the module coordinator if they intend to register for either FR30310 or FR30320.

Learning Recommendations:

Level 2 French Literature modules incorporating a significant reading load in French.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
FR20020 - French Language II a, FR20040 - French Language II b

LANG10050 - French Gen Purp 4, LANG10170 - French Gen Purp 1, LANG10180 - French Gen Purp 2, LANG20040 - French Gen Purp 5, LANG20060 - French for Sc & Eng 5, LANG20330 - French General Purposes 3a, LANG20340 - French General Purposes 3b, LANG20440 - French for General Purposes 4

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Oral Examination: Timed oral presentation (5 mins, Brightspace) on a subject related to the oral programme and on a topic agreed with oral tutor. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Class Test: Résumé (short). Limited time period within written seminar slot. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Résumé online exam: write a résumé (defined length) of an article printed on the exam paper.
2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Attendance: Participation and active engagement (oral and written classes); regular submission of weekly written work and preparation of oral material. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Class Test: Résumé (short) in a limited time period within written language seminar. Varies over the Trimester n/a 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, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Weekly exercises practise the activities examined in assessments. These activities are marked and returned with feedback. Students also receive informal oral group feedback on these activities in small-group settings.

Name Role
Dr Manu Braganca Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Michael Brophy Tutor
Assoc Professor Derval Conroy Tutor
Mr Nicolas Feve Tutor
Professor Mary Gallagher Tutor
Ms Laëtitia Nebot-Deneuville Tutor
Professor Vera Regan Tutor