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

Undergraduate Course: Foundation French Language 1 (ELCF07011)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA course for COMPLETE BEGINNERS with no previous knowledge of French, designed to give them a basic, working knowledge of spoken and written French.

1. Auditing (Class Only) is not allowed. All students must take all elements of assessment.
2. Students will be assigned a group and each group has two classes a week. You must be able to attend both classes in order to take the course.
3. Students with previous knowledge of the language are not permitted and may be asked to withdraw from the course.

This course runs in semester 1 and semester 2.

On successful completion of the course students will be eligible to take Foundation French 2.
Course description Foundation French Language 1 is a communicative course aimed at developing your understanding and production of the language at CEFR level A1. The course is composed of 2 classes per week. Each class is made up of a Self Study part and a live tutorial on Zoom (access via link sent by tutor)
The Self Study part allows you to start working through the course material independently and to prepare for the live session with your tutor and classmates. The latter will give you the opportunity to consolidate your understanding and your use of new linguistic content. Focusing on Listening and Speaking skills, it will give you the opportunity to practice the language with your peers (in small activity groups) on a variety of everyday topics.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs A course book
A bilingual dictionary
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEntry 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 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  90
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 153 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Reading comprehension tests -20% (2x10%)

Listening test -20%

2 grammar gap exercises - 20% (2x10%)

Participation (Wiki/Blog, oral class) - 20%

Short oral presentation at the end of the semester - 20%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 153 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Reading comprehension tests -20% (2x10%)

Listening test -20%

2 grammar gap exercises - 20% (2x10%)

Participation (Wiki/Blog, oral class) - 20%

Short oral presentation at the end of the semester - 20%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Knowledge and Understanding: Basic knowledge of French up to the equivalent of A1 CEFR. Students will acquire knowledge of basic grammatical structures and a vocabulary of approximately 500 words and phrases. Students will understand basic words and phrases
  2. Practice - Applied Knowledge, Skills and Understanding: Development of grammar, oral and aural skills and ability to use them in a variety of situations. Students can produce oral and written simple phrases, and understand short passages where the context is clear and identified. Students apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level.
  3. Generic Cognitive Skills: The students will develop the skill of using known material to make appropriate deductions and informed guesses about the meaning of material that is new to them. They can apply strategies for understanding gist and specific information.
  4. Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills: Ability to conduct simple conversations on a limited range of topics. Students will be able to communicate at an elementary level (A1/A1+) in the target language (both written and oral) in situations of daily routine. They will be able to ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar and routine topics.
  5. Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others: The course aims to develop confidence in language learning, understanding and responding to others in appropriate situations. Students learn to work individually as well as in pairs or small groups.
Reading List
As this is a course for beginners, there is no reading list as such.
Students will be told in good time about the text book which will be used in the course. Simple texts will be issued as appropriate.
Additional Information
Course URL http://www.llc.ed.ac.uk/open-languages
Graduate Attributes and Skills The students will be encouraged to develop positive study-habits which will be of use to them in other disciplines, particularly in the further development of French but also in the acquisition of other new languages. Where relevant, students will be able to continue their study of French in any other University at CEFR level A1+.

The students will acquire the following transferable skills in each element of the course:

a) Writing

The students will learn how to be accurate with unfamiliar orthography and this will teach them the value of care and precision.

b) Listening and Reading

The students will learn how to extract essential information from a body of unfamiliar written or spoken language, even though there might not be total comprehension. The students will develop the skill of using known material in these language sources to make appropriate deductions and informed guesses about the meaning of material that is new to them.

c) Speaking

The students will develop the ability to progress from learned formulaic responses towards a more spontaneous generation of language.
The development of this creativity is one of the most important elements of language learning.

d) General

In addition to the specific skills mentioned in a) to c), students will learn the skills of using a dictionary intelligently, learning vocabulary systematically, and understanding the rules - and exceptions - of grammar.
Special Arrangements This course is open to all students as a credit bearing course, or over and above their full credit load, as a non credit bearing course.

Auditing this course is not allowed. You must be enrolled as CA (Class and Assessment excl centrally arranged exam).

DELC students may only take this course if it over and above their full credit load, as a non credit bearing course.

Visiting students may only take the course for credits.
Additional Class Delivery Information IMPORTANT: Students must attend pairs of classes.

The first class meeting will be in week 1. The teaching classes start in the second week of the semester.
KeywordsOLFFREN1SEM1
Contacts
Course organiserMr Francois Giraud
Tel: (0131 6)50 3745
Email: F.Giraud@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Elsie Gach
Tel: (0131 6)50 8421
Email: Elsie.Gach@ed.ac.uk
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