Online course - French level 3

You really want to study French at post-GCSE level but cannot make it to a class? This new course was specially designed for you! You will study the same syllabus as students enrolled on the face to face module, with online documentation, interactive activities and tutor support. This course is a pilot for 2014-15 and should it prove successful, the distance learning programme will expand. Places are limited.

Course Aims and Objectives

This course aims at the lower-intermediate learner and will consolidate, develop, and extend listening, speaking, reading and writing skills acquired on IWLP French level 2 or equivalent:

  • post A1, start of A2 in the Common European Framework of Reference,
  • post GCSE grade A or B 
  • approximately 100 hours of study.

By the end of the course students should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main aspects of French grammar and apply them appropriately.
  • Understand and be understood in real life situations with French speaking people. 
  • Extract relevant information from both didactic and authentic written texts. 
  • Accurately convey more complex information in writing, using the grammar and vocabulary covered in class appropriately. 
  • Listen to, understand and respond appropriately to authentic aural sources.

Course Organisation

  • This course is divided into ten modules and each module covers two units of work. A module will normally include:
  • A listening activity.
  • A reading activity.
  • A grammatical explanation on PowerPoint. 
  • A speaking activity. 
  • A pronunciation activity. 
  • Vocabulary and grammar handouts 
  • Practice quizzes. 
  • A writing assignment will be set at the end of each module (every two units).

Each unit represents about four hours work, including time spent learning vocabulary and grammar. We suggest that you cover one unit each week, following the university term, covering five modules in the first semester and five in the second.

Assessment (Optional for Open-Access Students)

Assessment of this module is by end of year examination only. All the activities and quizzes taken in Canvas will constitute the formative / continuous assessment of the course. After the Easter break, you will be asked to sit the following papers:

  • A two-hour class written test (80%)
  • An oral assignment (20%).

A 4-5 minute conversation in French with your tutor focusing upon the topics studied during the course.

For further information

Should you wish to get details about the course content or receive information about the format of the course, please contact Valérie Leick who is responsible for French in Languages for All, by email v.leick@bham.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)121 414 2977.

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