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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 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 Students MUST have passed: French 2 Language (ELCF08013)
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 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 44, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 149 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) ***Coursework 100%***

Grammar quizzes (limited attempts) : 10 %

E-learning exercises (multiple attempts) : 10%

Wikis: 10%

(In groups of 2 or 3) Translation passage + questions : 10%

End-of-semester Group translation : 10%

(Individual) Translation passage + questions : 50%
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.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a sound command of French vocabulary and syntax with a good degree of grammatical accuracy, by writing clearly and cogently on French current affairs topics, while developing a well-rounded understanding of French culture.
  2. Engage successfully with various kinds of texts and registers, from newspaper articles on current political and social debates to literary texts.
  3. Produce clear and soundly structured argumentative essays, which develop arguments critically, with clear reference to relevant examples and careful use of connectors and transitions.
  4. Demonstrate accurate and in-depth reading and comprehension skills and the ability to contextualise current affairs debates precisely and pertinently.
  5. Exercise autonomy and initiative, making the best of contact hours and and eLearning resources provided in support of class work, while also learning to draw on peer support and group work to consolidate self-reflective learning and progress.
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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 Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528
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