OFFICIAL PROGRAM
2016 / 17

SUBJECT

French 4

ECTS CREDITS
SUBJECT CODEIIDIOM7F
LANGUAGE IN WHICH IT IS GIVENFrench  
STUDIES
CODE
DEGREE
TYPE
YEAR
SEMESTER
GRIN
Grau en Relacions Internacionals
Compuls.
Fourth
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WRIN
Grau en Relacions Internacionals
Compuls.
Fourth
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PREREQUISITES

Having taken the course French level 3 or equivalent

PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE

     Students in this course have acquired the necessary skills to communicate in basic situations of daily and professional life. They could, for example, have lived in a French-speaking country. Level test required before entering the course.

SUBJECTS TO BE TAKEN SIMULTANEOUSLY

none

SUBJECT DESCRIPTION

The professor of the course: Marie-Hélène Nuc.
 
The French course is made up of 4 modules of 39 hours respectively: French 1, French 2, French 3 and French 4. It consists of pragmatic, functional teaching/learning focused on carrying out tasks related to communicative situations that students will face throughout their professional career.

Each module presents professional life situations to develop the four competences (oral and written comprehension and production) according to a progression that corresponds to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe. 

The text book Objectif Diplomatie - Le Français des relations européennes et internationales is the basis of the course and principal tool for learning the language. The comprehension work is carried out through authentic written, audio and audio-visual documents. Oral or written production work consists of recreating real communicative situations through simulations or role-playing games.

Module 4 of this course includes a dossier analyzing daily communicative situations in a professional context. The textbook employed is Objectif Diplomatie 1 -  Le français des relations internationales et européennes, A1 / A2, (Hachette, 2006).

COMPETENCES

The competences attained in module French 4 will be evaluated following the evaluation criteria given below in section 9. 

 1. With regard to communication skills in French:

     1.1 To be able to communicate orally in communicative situations currents (trips to a French-speaking country, job interviews, business meetings) of daily and professional life.

 2. Regarding  oral and written comprehension:

     2.1 To be globally able to understand texts, written or audiovisual, relatively short, in relation to everyday and professional life

 3. Regarding written production:

      3.1 To be able to write a short text about their education, or their professional career or internships.

 LEARNING OUTCOMES

Student will be able to communicate in writing and orally in a second foreign language (French) at an intermediate level. (Result of level 4: level A2-B1.1 of the Common European Framework.)

CONTENTS

Communication

Structuring speech and argumentation

Taking notes during a conference and writing a summary

Expressing your opinion, defending your opinion

Grammar

Compound relative pronouns (auquel, duquel, pour lequel)

PRESENT SUBJUNCTIVE

Impersonal expressions:

Il est important, interdit…. que + subj. /de + inf.

Verbs expressing opinions using negative + subj.

Choosing between indicative or subjective for opinions

Indirect speech with tense agreement

Chronology revision (d’abord, puis, ensuite, finalement, d’un côté…, de l’autre…)

Conjunctions:

·       Opposition: mais, tandis que

·       Restriction: Ne...que

·       Concession: Même si, bien que, quoique, malgré + nom

Nominalization

Vocabulary

The world of work (how to write a CV or cover letter)

Parity

Money (the bank, pocket money...)

The press

Reactions: Oh là là ! Ça alors ! Eh ben ! Zut alors ! Super ! Quand même !

 

Pronunciation

[?] / [?]  

[k] / [g]

Omitting the silent e: “j’sais pas / j’ai pas l’temps

Intonation (surprise, outrage)

Intercultural

Interdisciplinary: economics, news, vocabulary, graphics, etc.

The European Union, cooperation and development, international communication.

Human rights

METHODOLOGY

Students work on a text (audio, video or written document) representing communicative situations about daily or professional life. They practice French sounds, grammatical structures, different ways of speaking or the lexicon employed in this document. The issues addressed are applied in practice by recreating a brief scenario and completing a task.

This methodology involves the following types of activities:

a. Classroom instruction.

b. Individual exercises in class

c. Individual exercises outside of class

d. Reading of texts

e. Listening to audio documents, viewing of videos

f. Group activities in class

g. Group activities outside of class

h. Role-playing games, simulations

i. Participating in class activities

j. Preparing the final exam

k. Final exam

EVALUATION

 A. Written exam

B. Oral exam

C. Evaluation of homework

D. Evaluation of oral intervention (presentations, debates, ...)

E. Evaluation of participation in class activities

 

Final exam 50%:           

Oral comprehension: 20%

Written comprehension: 10 %

Oral expression (and pronunciation): 20%

Linguistic structures: 30%

Written expression: 20%

  

Continuous evaluation 50%:                 

Role-playing games, simulations

Written exercises, including homework and mid-term tests

Pronunciation

Participation  

  

Participation in 85% of regular class sessions is a prerequisite for taking the final exam. Students must have taken the five tests of the final exam in order to pass to the higher level.

In order to pass level 4, the student must have passed a minimum of 4 of the 5 partial exams. 

Those students who have not attended 85% of the class sessions and/or have not taken the five tests of the final exam will have to repeat the level.

At the end of the 2nd semester, students who have taken the exam but have failed the course may take the resit exam in June. The final grade for students taking this exam will take into account the grade obtained for continuous evaluation (50%) and the grade on the resit exam (50%).

Students who are not able to take the exam at the end of the 2nd semester cannot take the resit exam and must register the following semester for the same level.

CRITERIA OF EVALUATION OF RESULTS

At the end of French 4:

 Objective 1: Regarding communication skills in French (B, C, D, E):

 • The student is able to participate in a conversation in which the speakers talk about their life, their customs, in standard French, well articulated and with some fluency.

• The student is able to give advice or orders, to give their opinion on a familiar topic, telling a story, an experience or giving their impressions in  standard, well-articulated and language with some degree of fluency.

 Objective 2: Regarding oral and written comprehension (A, B, C, E):

 • The student is able to understand the information, or advice given by a professional, an anecdote, or a conversation about everyday habits.

 • The student is able to understand an informative text and a text expressing an opinion or feelings.

 Objective 3: Regarding written production (A, C):

 • The student is able to present a situation and the stages of its development (past / future / duration / before / after).

BASIC BIBLIOGRAPHY

A dossier of activities, articles, exercises, etc. compiled by the teachers of the course.

Riehl, L., Soignet, M., Amiot, MH, Objectif Diplomatie 1, Le Français des relations européennes et internationales, A1/A2, (avec CD encarté), Hachette-Livre, 2006.

BIBLIOGRAPHY AND MATTER COMPLEMENTARY

-      Gregoire, M., Thievenaz, O., Grammaire progressive du français 600 exercices – Niveau intermédiaire, CLE International, 2003

-      Rey-Debove, j (dir.), Dictionnaire du français langue étrangère, CLE International, 1999

-   Learning French with  TV5Monde http://www.tv5.org/TV5Site/enseigner-apprendre-francais/accueil_apprendre.php

-      RFI Langue française http://www.rfi.fr/lfes/statiques/accueil.asp

-      Web productions from artetv http://www.arte.tv/sites/webdocs/?lang=fr

-      Reports and testimonies from arteradio http://www.arteradio.com/

-      French exercises on the Internet
http://www.lepointdufle.net/ressources_fle/exercices_de_francais.htm#.Ubs54diISVY

CREATE BY:   
Catherine Ann Otey  • Elisabeth Marie  • Marie-Hélène Nuc
DATE OF THE LAST REVIEW18/12/2016