LANG20040 French General Purposes 5 (CEFR B1/B2)

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is designed for students who already have an upper intermediate level of French. Its aim is to develop communicative competence to a higher level of proficiency and accuracy and to deepen insight into French life and culture. While the focus will be on competence in the language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, there will be a particular emphasis on oral communication and extending vocabulary. The course will be based on a wide range of intercultural themes to prepare students to participate more actively in university, work and social contexts in French-speaking countries. This module will be delivered via small group teaching with classes having a maximum of 18 students. Students will also have access to extra resources and materials via the Virtual Learning Environment, Brightspace.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
• give a clear, well-structured presentation on a chosen theme (spoken production)
• converse fluently and accurately on a wide range of topics (spoken interaction)
• understand a wide range of spoken materials including non-standard usage (listening)
• understand texts with reference to university-related contexts (reading)
• write texts with clarity and precision on a wide range of subjects (writing)
• show progress in developing an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign

Students who achieve at least a B grade at the end of this module are deemed to have reached Level B1.2/ B2.1 of the Common European Framework

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Enquiry-based teaching including creative and critical thinking and communication skills. The stress is on the enhancement of students’ communication skills and the importance of interaction in the classroom

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Having completed French General Purposes 4, Leaving Certificate or CEFR B1

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
FR10010 - French language I a, FR10020 - French Language I b, FR10060 - French Grammar & Comprehension, FR10070 - French Grammar & Expression, FR20020 - French Language II a, FR20040 - French Language II b, FR30010 - Traduction et dictée, FR30130 - Expression écrite et orale, FR30310 - French Language 3a, FR30320 - French Language 3b

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Oral Examination Week 12 No Graded No


Examination: Mid-Term Examination Week 6 No Graded No


Examination: Written Examination 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Attendance: Attendance and participation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Aural Examination Week 11 No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback provided individually on the midterm exam in week 7-8. Individual feedback on summative assessment available on request.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 17:00 - 18:50
Small Group Offering 2 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 11:00 - 12:50
Small Group Offering 3 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Small Group Offering 3 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 15:00 - 16:50