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

Undergraduate Course: French 2 Language (ELCF08013)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course consists of one ORAL language tutorial AND of one WRITTEN LANGUAGE tutorial per week, in both semesters - using various teaching formats. Exposure to both oral and written French will be supplemented by autonomous active learning, such as podcasts and weekly e-learning grammar exercises.
Course description ORAL TUTORIALS

Oral tutorials with native language tutors complement the written language course by giving students the opportunity to develop their skills in spoken French through group discussion on a variety of topics relating to contemporary France and the Francophone world.

They also provide essential communicative skills for the year abroad.

Regular attendance, regular preparation and regular participation are essential for the achievement of the learning outcomes on this programme. The course work assessment includes a mark for two oral presentations.


Building on the work done in French 1, the French 2 language programme introduces a number of new exercises and key grammatical points that are essential for the understanding and production of modern French. In the course of the year, three main areas will be covered:

1. Writing in French, including précis

Writing in French is an essential skill not only for the language programme but also for your literature course. (You will be required to write your semester 2 literature essay in French). In Language Tutorials, you will learn how to write a précis in French (i.e. write an accurate summary of a French source text in your own words), how to translate from English into French and, more generally, how to produce idiomatic and correct French. The texts used for these exercises will relate to social, political or cultural debates in present-day France and the Francophone world?

2. Translation from French into English

Both semesters will also focus on translation from French into English. You will be asked to familiarise yourself with grammatical and stylistic differences between French and English and to develop a range of translation skills. The course will cover a variety of texts for translation in class as well as for independent learning. These are taken mainly from Francophone fiction and the Francophone press.

3. Grammar

Grammatical correctness is of the greatest importance. As well as revising essential grammar points covered in French 1, French 2 introduces new areas of grammar via the weekly independent study tasks such as e-learning exercises and quizzes to help you consolidate your prose and translation skills. In addition to working on written language in a variety of interactive settings, language tutors will work with students on formal presentation skills in spoken mode. Oral tutorials (i.e. tutorials with the native language tutors or French Language Assistants) are aimed more specifically at developing skills in conversational French and preparing students for their transition into Year 3 and their year abroad.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: French 1A (ELCF08005) OR French 1B (ELCF08006)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: French 2 Literature and Culture (ELCF08012)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents MUST also take: French 2 Literature and Culture (ELCF08012)
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 30 %, Coursework 70 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 70%

Assessment 1: Translation & commentary 1 (Semester 1): 10%:
Assessment 2: Precis (Semester 2) 10%
Assessment 3: Translation & commentary 2 (Semester 2) 10%
2 oral presentations: 20%
E-learning exercises (semester 1): 5%
E-learning exercises (semester 2): 5%
Online Review Test (Semester 2, May 17th ) 10%

Exam: 30%
May Diet Exam: Precis: 30%
Feedback Students will receive collective feedback on their three written language exercises. For their marked oral presentation 1, students will be given detailed guidance and receive extensive feedback, which will be designed to consolidate their presentation skills and linguistic skills for their second marked oral presentation in Semester 2.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. apply more aspects of their language skills in reading and writing in more complex ways than in Year 1 in preparation for their year abroad
  2. apply more aspects of their language skills in oral comprehension and speaking in more complex ways than in Year 1 in preparation for their year abroad.
  3. convey complex information in written form through summaries of newspapers articles (Précis), formative prose exercises (translation into French), and consolidation of grammar and syntax.
  4. convey complex information in oral form through engagement with current affairs, cultural and political topics.
  5. develop translation skills in French and English and have a greater understanding of literary and journalistic registers. And to work effectively both independently and as part of a group.
Reading List
1. R. Hawkins & R. Towell, French Grammar and Usage (London: Arnold, 1996, 2001). 1SBN 0 340 76075 3

2. R. Hawkins, M-N. Lamy & R. Towell, Practising French Grammar: A Workbook (London: Arnold, 1997).ISBN 340 59830 1

3. Bescherelle, La Conjugaison pour tous 2006 (Hatier)

4. French 2 Language Dossier (to be printed from LEARN)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On completion of this course, the student will have gained:
1. a fuller knowledge of the language skills of reading, writing and speaking in the target language.
2. the ability to convey complex information in written and oral form.
3. the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a group.
KeywordsDELC French 2 Language
Course organiserDr Katie Pleming
Course secretaryMrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528
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