French Advanced One

Module titleFrench Advanced One
Module codeFLF3415
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Dr Helene Street (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

French Advanced 1 develops communicative language skills (linguistics, sociolinguistics and pragmatics) and communication strategies at the B2 level of the Common European Framework for Languages – CEFR, where students tackle material with a critical perspective.

To do so, it is based on advanced communicative activities such as reception, production and interaction and advocates an action-orientated approach of language teaching and learning.

This module develops all four core language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as advanced grammatical and lexical structures.

The module is taught mostly in the target language, French.

French Advanced One can be taken towards achieving ‘with advanced proficiency in French”, see 

Module aims - intentions of the module

French Advanced 1 is intended for those who have successfully completed FLF2330 French Intermediate 2 or FLF2430 French Intermediate Fast Track or who have an A level (Grade A*-B) or equivalent (IB5-7, Delf B1, or evidence of intermediate-level accomplishment as Entry level).

On completion of this module, you will be at the level of a solid B2 (as Exit level) - Independent User of the Common European Framework for Languages, and be able to:

  • Review and consolidate the advanced structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping you with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday and academic situations
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without much strain and produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options
  • Further develop and embed active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, with particular emphasis placed on the skills necessary for effective oral and written communication in the target language at an advanced level
  • Build on knowledge of the sociocultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the language is spoken and continue to develop transferable and intercultural skills necessary for studying and/or working abroad in a Francophone country

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend demanding, written texts on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints
  • 3. Communicate fluently and effectively, both orally and in writing, and use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes and produce clear, well-structured written text on complex subjects, expressing points of view at some length

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Demonstrate increased autonomy in language learning, with reduced direction from the teacher
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate your learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Work creatively and flexibly, react and adapt to situations as appropriate and solve problem
  • 7. Indicate developing skills of self-study and their application and awareness of and sensitivity to the foreign culture

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring advanced grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

Grammar (non-exhaustive):

  • Past tenses
  • agreement of past participles
  • subjunctive
  • logical connectors (cause, consequence and aim, opposition and restriction)
  • simple and complex relative pronouns
  • passive
  • future tenses
  • expression of hypothesis and conditional
  • comparison
  • direct and indirect object pronouns
  • language registers
  • indirect speech, etc.

Topics (non-exhaustive):

  • Identities
  • Health
  • Migrations
  • Cities
  • Work
  • Arts
  • ‘Francophonie’
  • Ecology and global engagement etc.

Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair/group work, and include the study of texts with comprehension exercises, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. 

You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class (between 3-5 hours per week) and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. 

For this module, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in French. You will also be expected to complete exercises on a self-study basis, prepare exercises and activities for the class, write assignments and generally acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies (such as proofreading, self-editing and self-correcting).

You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments and formative assessment tasks. You will also receive formal feedback on summative assessments such as the In-Class Test, including suggestions on how to improve and identify your own strategies for improvement.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching44Language classes
Guided independent study106Consolidation class work by learning activities vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in French


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
3 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)Variable1-7Written and oral feedback
1 in-class formative task in week 121.5 hours1-7Written and oral feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral test408-9 minutes1,3-7Written (upon request)
Written examination602 hours1-7Written (upon request)


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written examinationWritten examination1-7Referral/Deferral period
Oral testOral test1,3-7Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

For the re-assessment, there will be no in-class listening test, instead there will be an oral test (40%) and a written examination (60%).

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Alter Ego + B2 (livre élève + CD-Rom) by Catherine Dollez, Sylvie Pons, Marine Antier, Joëlle Bonenfant, Gabrielle Chort, Michel Guilloux edited by Hachette FLE , Code ISBN: 9782014015508

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Grammaire progressive du français - Nouvelle édition : Livre avance B1/B2 + 440 exercices, CD. 2nd edition by Henri Murger, Publisher: Cle international (Feb 2017), ISBN-13: 978-2090382082
  • Dictionary: Collins/Robert French Dictionary or Oxford/Hachette French Dictionary

Key words search

French, Advanced

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

Completion of FLF2430: French Intermediate Fast-Track or FLF2330: French Intermediate Two or equivalent.

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