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

Undergraduate Course: French 3 Language (ELCF09032)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAdvanced Language work, written and oral.

Course description Students will attend F4 LP1 classes - a weekly class devoted to grammar, translation into French, and writing in French on current affairs topics. The course is based on French texts in a range of styles, genres and registers and on a range of exercises and classroom activities. The passages used for translation into French are taken from a range of mostly literary texts in English and designed to bring into focus certain grammatical and lexical points. Classes on different aspects of essay writing will enable students to apply these consolidated linguistic skills in order to produce fluent and accurate written French on a range of current affairs topics, whilst helping them develop an informed view of essential political, economic and societal aspects of contemporary France.
NB: Although French 3 students attend F4 LP1 classes, their tutor will be given clear guidelines and separate F3 assessment criteria for the guidance and assessment of these students. In the same way, assignments and exams have been adapted to suit F3 students: F3 students will be given shorter translation passages and will produce shorter written pieces in the form of a two-part Précis rather than a fully-structured essay.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEntry to any language course above introductory level is subject to a language test by the relevant subject area on arrival and at the discretion of the course organiser.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 149 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 30 %, Coursework 70 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework = 70% Exam = 30%
Feedback Written feedback will be given by individual tutors on language assignments throughout the year. Feedback on written assignment will also be given in class on the day the assignment is returned.
Students will also be asked to complete writing tasks in group wikis; each tutor will then read the wikis and feed back to their particular group, adapting their teaching accordingly (emphasis on certain grammar/syntax points, etc.)
The course organiser will be available throughout the year for individual feedback and additional guidance - students are welcome (and strongly encouraged, if they feel they are struggling at any point) to go and see the Course organiser during office hours or to make an appointment by email to discuss progress or any issue pertaining to the course.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)French 3 Language3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)French 3 Language3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of French grammar, syntax and vocabulary, through the production of Précis and translations showing an advanced level of grammatical accuracy and command of register, vocabulary and idiom.
  2. (Translation) To select and apply relevant linguistic and methodological approaches in their translation work, demonstrating a precise understanding of the English text and an attention to nuance and style, as well as the ability to produce a fluent and idiomatic translation, free of grammatical inaccuracies and omissions.
  3. (Précis) To assess and synthesise a dossier of journalistic texts on complex current affairs topics, showing awareness of nuance and context.
  4. (Précis) To construct a coherent Précis which engages effectively with the sources and presents essential information and arguments with a high level of clarity and structure in written form.
  5. To demonstrate autonomy and initiative in their activities, carry out independent revision and research under the guidance of the tutor, and to show awareness of their own and others' role and responsibilities as part of a team.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDELC Fr 3 Lang
Course organiserDr Emmanuelle Lacore-Martin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1148
Course secretaryMrs Elsie Gach
Tel: (0131 6)50 8421
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