A Post A/S Level or equivalent module in French language and culture

Module details

  • Offered to all Undergraduates
  • Monday, Tuesday or Thursday 16.00-18.00 (depending on year of study)
  • Planned delivery: On campus (South Kensington)
  • 2 term module worth 7.5 ECTS
  • Available to eligible students as part of I-Explore
  • Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows
Degree credit module options by departmentHow to enrol

This module aims to:

  • Revise and consolidate all previously acquired skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
  • Introduce more complex grammatical structures and extend vocabulary
  • Provide background knowledge and vocabulary on scientific and technological topics
  • Extend your background knowledge of France and its people through the study of a wide range of issues currently addressed in French modern society
  • Equip you with important skills for studying and working in French-speaking countries

By the end of the module, students should have reached approximately the B1+ standard of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

To be eligible for this module you need to have done one of the following:

  • Successfully completed French Level 2
  • Gained a French A/S level Qualification
  • Already achieved A2+ or equivalent on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

You are advised to review material from your previous courses before the start of this module.

Please note: This module is currently undergoing minor modifications and is therefore subject to change. 

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Learning outcomes

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  • Communicate in spoken and written French on a wide range of contemporary issues at a fairly sophisticated level, being able to compare, contrast, analyse, debate ideas and express personal opinions
  • Describe and discuss diagrams and graphic information
  • Understand and analyse technical and scientific material
  • Understand important aspects of modern French society
  • Extract information in the written and spoken language and respond appropriately (using texts, video and audio clips and newspaper articles)

Indicative core content

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  • revision and further study of pronouns: direct and indirect personal pronoun
  • comparative and superlative forms
  • negative clauses
  • revision of tenses: Use of perfect, imperfect, pluperfect in narratives
  • expression of cause and consequence, purpose, opposition and opinion
  • future, conditional, expression of condition – si clauses
  • relative pronouns, passive form; modal verbs
  • use of infinitive after prepositions and in two-verb constructions
  • introduction to the subjunctive and its use


  • everyday life and culture
  • education; work
  • the family and its evolution
  • identities, nationalities and citizenship
  • the consumer society and environmental issues
  • tourism
  • media and new technologies
  • interpreting diagrams and statistics
  • current affairs in France (based on extracts from the press and news broadcasts)

Learning and teaching approach

Weekly in-class activities cover reading, writing, listening and speaking. Learning will involve pair work, group work, and individual tasks and will include critical evaluation of texts, audio and video material. A range of weekly homework tasks give you the opportunity to revise and consolidate knowledge and skills.

All pieces of coursework are marked and returned within two weeks. Detailed feedback is provided for each individual section of the coursework, giving the correct answer along with suggestions for improvement.  Generic feedback on each individual piece of coursework is also provided in class.


  • Coursework: Set of tasks - grammar, vocabulary, reading and 200 word writing piece (15%)
  • Coursework: Project based - speaking (3-minute pre-recorded oral presentation) and 180 word writing piece (20%)
  • Examination: 1-hour Written Exam - grammar, vocabulary, listening and 180-200 word writing piece (15%)
  • Examination: 1-hour Written Exam - grammar, vocabulary, reading and 200-220 word writing piece (20%)
  • Practical: approx. 20-minute Oral Exam - including presentation of a document for oral summary and discussion (30%)

Assessment information for students on a course with a year abroad

Key information

  • 7.5 ECTS points awarded on successful completion of the module.
  • Available to take for credit towards your degree where your department allows. Also available for extra-credit.
  • You must be prepared to attend all classes and and undertake approximately 3 hours of private study each week in addition to the assessment.

Coursebook: Edito niveau B1 (Didier, 2018) - Livre + DVD.  ISBN : 97822780877 and Edito B1 - cahier d'exercices (Didier 2018). ISBN: 9782278090037.

Additional material: Audio and video cassettes, online resources and articles from the French press.

Students also need to buy a good monolingual and/or bilingual dictionary, e.g. Oxford Hachette, or Collins Robert.

Further information for Year Abroad/Year in Europe Students
Further information for BSc Hons and MSc Language for Science Degrees

"Interesting and well-pitched course in French. Very well delivered, with a good class size."
"Great lesson plan, good balance between speaking and writing. Engaging discussion topics. Helpful homework."