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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - French

Undergraduate Course: French 1A (ELCF08005)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaEuropean Languages and Cultures - French Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionAn intensive course in spoken and written French for those with restricted knowledge of the language. The course is open to students of any year, but NOT TO THOSE QUALIFIED FOR ADMISSION TO FRENCH 1B (Also, see above). Please also note that students who have a pass in either A/S or A Level, at whatever level, are NOT ELIGIBLE to enrol for this course.

The number of students admitted to the course may be limited. A great deal of private study and high motivation are necessary in order to meet the requirements of the course. Suitable for students of proven linguistic ability (ie a pass in French at Standard Grade (SCE) or GCSE. Sustained effort is required throughout, the pace being such that any lost ground can prove extremely difficult to recover.

The course aims to take students within a year to the standard required for entry to French 2, giving them expertise in spoken and written French, concentrating on accuracy and fluency. It also provides exposure to texts of various types (depending on the year of study, texts will be literary and political/historical) and to film; these are studied for both linguistic and cultural content.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking French 1B (ELCF08006)
Other requirements A pass at Standard Grade (SCE) or GCSE or evidence of equivalent proficiency in French.

STUDENTS WHO ARE QUALIFIED FOR ADMISSION TO FRENCH 1B ARE NOT ADMISSIBLE TO FRENCH 1A. Unfortunately, students holding a pass at Higher, Advanced Higher, A/S Level or A Level yet are not admissible to French 1B are also NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FRENCH 1A.

NB: For the purposes of progression into year 2, a pass at the first attempt in the April/May exam is required
Additional Costs Purchase of course books (Language, Literature and Film). Please see reading lists on WebCT or at Blackwell's website at
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLecture1-22 13:10 - 13:50
CentralTutorialSpoken Language1-22 12:10 - 13:00
or 14:00 - 14:50
or 16:10 - 17:00
or 13:10 - 13:50
CentralTutorialWritten Language1-22 09:00 - 09:50
or 10:00 - 10:50
or 14:00 - 14:50
or 16:10 - 17:00
CentralTutorialLiterature1-22 10:00 - 10:50
or 11:10 - 12:00
or 14:00 - 14:50
or 12:10 - 13:00
First Class Week 1, Tuesday, 15:00 - 15:50, Zone: Central. David Hume Tower, Faculty Room North
Additional information Tutorials: All weeks, Monday (Spoken Language), Tuesday (Written Language) and Friday (Literature). Following the First Class Meeting, you will be able to sign up for these tutorials on WebCT
Lectures: All weeks, Thursday.
Frequent lectures (with 1B): Tuesdays, occasionally Fridays.
See timetables on WebCT for details.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)1:30
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students should be able to demonstrate competence in the spoken and written language to the standard required for entry to French 2; to participate and interact effectively in tutorials in French; to demonstrate the ability to produce accurate written and spoken French; to identify and understand a broad range of complex grammatical structures and their uses in French; to demonstrate the ability to use self-study materials (dictionaries, grammar books, websites); to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historical and cultural developments of the period studied and of the formal and thematic issues raised by the selected set texts and film; to demonstrate familiarity with the recommended secondary material relevant to the period, authors and directors studied; to demonstrate understanding of the relationship between the texts and films studied and their socio-political context; to distinguish between assumption and speculation, between fact and opinion, between relevant and irrelevant information; to demonstrate the acquisition of certain transferable skills, including the abilities to criticise, evaluate and interpret evidence, to consider a problem from a number of different perspectives, to accommodate ambiguity and advance reasonable conjectures, to argue cogently and persuade effectively.
Assessment Information
1) Two written language essays per semester (details to be confirmed with tutor) + GLO participation assessment (details to follow)
2) One essay/commentary of between 1000 and 1200 words per semester on a topic relating to texts/films/topics studied
3) One class exam (1.5 hours) in December (whichever is an exam week)
4) One degree exam (3 hours) in April/May
5) Oral assessment throughout the year and an oral exam in April.
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Course organiserDr Jane Yeoman
Tel: (0131 6)50 8412
Course secretaryMs Alison Mccracken
Tel: (0131 6)50 8421
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