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LANG7018 - Working with French

Title:Working with French
Long Title:Working with French
Module Code:LANG7018
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Languages
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 10 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Pio Fenton
Module Author: Sheila Walsh
Module Description: This module builds on and develops students' existing knowledge of the French language, and also focuses on broadening their knowledge of contemporary French culture and society.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Research aspects of contemporary French culture and society
LO2 Analyse and discuss authentic texts in French
LO3 Write short paragraphs in French using a variety of appropriate verb tenses.
LO4 Listen to and analyse spoken French which would be used in everyday and/or business situations.
LO5 Ability to speak in French in the context of everyday and/or basic business interactions.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
Leaving Certificate French or equivalent qualification
No Co Requisites listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Cultural studies
Regions and regional identity in France. Reform of regional administration.
AV resources to practice listening skills and comprehension
Speaking skills
Group and paired work on role plays dealing with typical everyday interactions
Writing skills
Writing short answers and longer paragraphs in French with attention to relevant aspects of grammar and syntax (use of appropriate verb tenses, register, agreement of verbs and adjectives, etc.)
Reading skills
Reading authentic texts in French (e.g. short media articles).
Grammar and vocabulary
Knowledge of grammar and practical application e.g. present, and future tenses of regular and irregular verbs and building on vocabulary knowledge in topics covered during lectures and labs.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Cultural project on a French region/regional identity in France. 1,2,3,5 30.0 Week 6
Other Two written tests of grammatical knowledge, reading skills and cultural knowledge. 1,2,3 40.0 Week 11
Practical/Skills Evaluation Listening comprehension 3,4 10.0 Week 8
Oral Examination/Interview Group role-play 4,5 20.0 Week 12
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab language lab 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Lab 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Directed Learning Independent revision of language structures covered in classes and cultural topics. Project research work and reviewing materials used in classes 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Mitchell, Fleuranceau 2011, Pour parler affaires : méthode de francais professionnel, Maison des langues Paris [ISBN: 9788484438564]
  • Bower/Barbairn 2002, French for Business, fifth (latest at 2007) Ed., Hodder and Stoughton
  • Michjael Gross, Practice in French Grammar, Mary Glasgow Publications
  • Various, A L'ecoute des s: les voyellesons, CLE International
  • Robert Collins 2000, French-English English-French Dictionary, Harper Collins
  • Dictionnaire, Actuel de la Langue Francaise, Flammarion
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Drake, H. 2011, Contemporary France, Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke [ISBN: 9780333792445]
  • Howarth, Varouxakis 2014, Contemporary France : an introduction to French politics and society, 2nd Ed., Routledge New York [ISBN: 9780340741870]
  • Aries, Debney 2015, Facon de parler 1 coursebook and activity book, Hodder Education London
  • Lawless, L. 2005, The everything French verb book: A handy reference for mastering verb conjugation, Adams Media the everything series Massachusetts
  • Brodsky, A. 2009, French verbs made simple(r), 2nd edition Ed., University of Texas Austin [ISBN: 9780292714724]
  • Pasquier, R. 2015, Regional Governance and Power in France, Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke [ISBN: 9781137484451]
  • Schehr, Weiss 2001, French Food: On the Table, on the page and in French culture., Routledge London & New York [ISBN: 0415936284]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • film: dir. Christian Vincent 2012, ‘Les saveurs du palais’, France
  • Film: dir. Danny Boon 2008, Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, France
  • DVD: BBC presented by Stephen Fry 2011, Fry's Planet word, BBC, London
  • website: Official french website for regional reform
  • website: Official website of Brittany region
  • website: TV5 MondeCa bouge en... series
  • website: Radio France Internationale
  • CD: Objectif Enterprise(niveau moyen), Hachette
  • CD: French Extra BBC Course
  • CD: Le Francais Dans Le Monde
  • Video: Regions Gourmands: Provence, Bourgogne etc.
  • CD: TELL Consortium: Encounter series
  • website: www,paris.org
  • website: www.lire.fr
  • website: www.best-of-france.com

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BBUSS_7 Bachelor of Business 1 Elective
CR_BIBLA_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business with Language 1 Elective
CR_BMRKT_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Marketing 1 Elective
CR_FTRSM_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Tourism Management 1 Group Elective 1
CR_BBADM_7 Bachelor of Business in Business Administration 1 Elective
CR_OHCMA_7 Bachelor of Business in Hospitality Management 1 Elective
CR_FTOUR_7 Bachelor of Business in Tourism Management 1 Group Elective 1
CR_BBUSS_6 Higher Certificate in Business 1 Elective
CR_OHCMA_6 Higher Certificate in Business in Hospitality Management 1 Elective
CR_FTOUR_6 Higher Certificate in Business in Tourism Management 1 Group Elective 1

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