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

Undergraduate Course: French Hons - Language Paper 1 (ELCF10002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe development and consolidation of core language skills
Course description All students will attend a weekly class devoted to essay writing in French on current affairs topics, translation into French, and grammar. 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 essay writing 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: French 2 Language (ELCF08013)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry to Honours in French
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 73 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 35 %, Coursework 65 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Semester 1

1 take-home translation + questions assignment (15%)
1 December exam Translation (no questions) (35%)

Semester 2

1 rephrasing exercise (20%)
1 time-limited (24h) Essay (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 pop in during Dr Lacore-Martin's office hours (12-2pm on Mondays) or to make an appointment by email to discuss progress or any issue pertaining to the course.
All individual tutors will also be available to give feedback and guidance provided they have office hours; if your tutor does not have office hours, please refer to the Course organiser.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Time Limited Final Essay6:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary, through the production of essays and translations showing an advanced command of linguistic accuracy in the use of syntax, morphology and idiom;
  2. (Translation) Apply relevant linguistic and methodological approaches in their translation work, demonstrating a precise understanding of the English text and an attention to grammar and register, as well as the ability to produce a fluent and idiomatic translation, free of grammatical inaccuracies and omissions;
  3. (Essay) Assess and synthesise a dossier of journalistic texts on complex current affairs topics;
  4. (Essay) engage critically with these sources, showing awareness of nuance and context;
  5. Construct coherent arguments and present them with a high level of clarity and structure in written form.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills By the end of the course, students will have further developed their skills in the areas of research and enquiry, personal and intellectual autonomy, communication, and personal effectiveness. For further specification of these skills see the university┬┐s graduate and employability skills framework at
Additional Class Delivery Information There are a number of hours available for tutorials, due to the large numbers on this course each year. The time and venue you are allocated will be located on your personalised timetable.
KeywordsDELC Fr 4 LP1
Course organiserDr Emmanuelle Lacore-Martin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1148
Course secretaryMs June Cahongo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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