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Undergraduate Course: Access Languages and Cultures 1 (AACE07007)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryIn Access Languages and Cultures 1, students will be introduced to basic French language and culture and will start developing the skills required for the successful study of any language degree programme at the University of Edinburgh.
Course description Access Languages and Cultures 1 is an A1 French language and culture course taught in French. Students will develop linguistic skills through a variety of listening, speaking, reading and writing activities and will gain knowledge of basic linguistic structures and concepts transferable to any language degree. Weekly 2.5-hour tutorials will be student-centred, with small group task-based language learning activities. A range of technologies will be employed, both in the classroom, and in students' work outside class, with a view to developing individuals' familiarity with digital technologies employed in learning. In addition to weekly language classes, students are expected to undertake a substantial amount of study on a regular basis.

Students will submit a number of formative pieces of work linked to the learning outcomes for the course. Constructive feedback (both verbal and written) will be provided by the course teacher. Students will be encouraged to consider feedback and to respond to this in future work. No grades will be provided for individual pieces of work, but an overall indicative course grade will be given based upon participation, coursework and response to feedback. In addition to support and feedback at course level, all students on the Access Programme will engage via an online learning journal, where they will be prompted to reflect on their learning experience, feedback and progress and will receive personalised guidance and support.

Students will also be encouraged to participate in informal learning activities at the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, where they will have the opportunity to meet with students and tutors in various languages. Attention will also be made to providing opportunities for extracurricular cultural and social engagement activities, which are intended to complement students' studies, increase cultural capital, encourage engagement with peers and communities, and build a sense of belonging.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Make effective use of the learning opportunities created by teaching and autonomous learning situations, including co-operate effectively in pair and group work, make active use of the language learnt, respond effectively to feedback;
  2. Demonstrate linguistic and communicative knowledge in the French language allowing basic understanding of written and oral texts;
  3. Produce short written texts and oral presentations on familiar topics, and engage in simple interactions with a small audience;
  4. Show limited control of simple grammatical structures, use a basic repertoire of words and simple phrases, and connect sentences;
  5. Show interest in the culture of countries where French is spoken and engage in an intercultural reflexion.
Reading List
Édito 1 (Didier Français Langue Étrangère), Text book, units 1 to 6
Édito 1 (Didier Français Langue Étrangère), Exercise book, units 1 to 6

Extra materials will be provided.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Employability awareness will be enhanced through the development of skills on the Access Programme. The holistic nature of the skills included in the programme design will enhance students' readiness to develop both graduate attributes and the social and cultural capital that will enable them to make the most of their undergraduate studies. Those with alternative exit routes will be able to draw on the skills inculcated in the Access Programme for future employment or study.
KeywordsAccess,Language,French,A1,Academic skills,Study Skills
Course organiser Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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