FR20020 French language II a: Grammaire et syntaxe françaises

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is a language module aimed at learners who have consolidated CEFR Level B1.

It builds on the foundation provided in Language Ia and Ib. It enables students to develop competence in the written and spoken expression of opinions and ideas, to improve reading and listening comprehension and oral production, and to consolidate mastery of a number of essential grammatical structures.

Students who have achieved at least a B grade in this module are deemed to be successfully progressing towards the CEFR level B2.

NB It is necessary to pass this module, as well as FR20040, to progress into *any* Level 3 French module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should have developed their ability to:

* identify and employ correctly complex syntactical and lexical structures that facilitate communication and expression at an advanced level;

* read, with considerable fluidity, and understand articles from written Francophone media, and answer questions regarding them;

* follow discussions / interviews / reports delivered in complex spoken French (including Francophone media), display comprehension of salient details, and answer questions regarding them;

* express opinions and ideas in syntactically and lexically complex spoken French, with attention to pronunciation and intonation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, seminars, weekly writing assignments, autonomous learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students must have passed FR10020 or FR10070.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
FR10070 - French Grammar & Expression

LANG10050 - French Gen Purp 4, LANG10170 - French Gen Purp 1, LANG10180 - French Gen Purp 2, LANG20010 - French Gen Purp 3, LANG20040 - French Gen Purp 5, LANG20050 - French for Business 5, LANG20060 - French for Sc & Eng 5, LANG20170 - French Gen Purp 6, LANG20440 - French for General Purposes 4

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Class Test: In-class translation / vocab test Week 7 n/a Graded No


Class Test: Aural comprehension and dictation Week 12 n/a Graded No


Examination: 2-hour written exam (grammar, translation, comprehension) 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on written pieces of work; group feedback on grammar exercises submissions. Feedback from language assistants after aural comprehensions.

Name Role
Charly Barbeau Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Coline Breuilly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Ella Veron-Breschet Lecturer / Co-Lecturer