French level 5
A Post Level 4 or equivalent module in French language and culture
Offered to 2nd, 3rd & 4th Years
2 term module
Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows
The content of the module will cover a range of topics on the social political and cultural evolution of contemporary France as well as works on French literature that have special relevance to France’s science and/or history.
This module aims to:
- Develop your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to a more advanced level
- Help you to develop further your knowledge of complex grammatical structures and various lexical registers
- Study scientific, technical and literary texts
- Analyse the stylistic and idiomatic features that characterise French newspaper, TV and radio material
- Provide you with background knowledge and vocabulary on social, political and cultural events in contemporary France.
By the end of the module, students should have reached approximately the B2/C1 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 4
- Already achieved B2 or equivalent on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
This module is not intended for native or near-native speakers.
This module will equip you with the ability to:
- Analyse and discuss topics arising from a range of texts including scientific, journalistic and literary writing
- Write essays and summaries in French on a variety of topics, using sophisticated linguistic structures and vocabulary
- Demonstrate an understanding of France’s politics, its current economic and social policies and their historical roots and evolution.
- Study and work in French-speaking countries with ease and confidence
Indicative core content
- revision of grammatical structures as appropriate with a strong emphasis on past tenses and subjunctive
- revision of all subordinating conjunctions used in dependent clauses of cause, time, condition, comparison, opposition and consequence
- structural exercises: rewriting sentences/gap filling
- study of common translation problems
- essay writing
- summarising of texts
- The Power of Language
- Migrations. The image of the migrant;
- The nature and function of Art;
- Developments in modern French, i.e. foreign words and anglicisms;
- Different registers, eg. formal, colloquial, literary;
- Study of selected scientific texts
- Film extracts related to the topics above
- TV News items
Study of literary texts: term 1 : short story: Le Passeur by J.M.G Le Clézio from La Ronde et autres faits divers, 1982; term 2 : play: Art byYasmina Resa , 1994. Collection Folio (n° 6240), Gallimard 2017
- Coursework 35% - 5 pieces of written coursework (may include in-class tests)
- Written examination 35% - A two-hour written examination at the end of the Spring term
- Oral examination 30% - A 20-minute oral examination at the end of the module
- 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.
- French literary texts: Stupeur et tremblements by Amelie Nothomb (term 1); Le Silence de la mer by Vercors (term 2)
- video and audio material: television and radio broadcasts;
- online resources; articles from contemporary French press and scientific journals.
Grammar support: La Grammaire progressive du français, niveau perfectionnement , CLE INTERNATIONAL, Janvier 2012 . ISBN : 978-2-09-035359-4
Students may also wish to purchase the grammar reference book, French Grammar and Usage, Fourth edition by Roger Hawkins, Richard Towell, Routledge 2015. ISBN: 978-1138851108
"Fantastic experience, loved attending class this year."
"Well-structured, engaging, and flexible - gives us the freedom to explore topics that interest us and engage in interesting debates. Throughout our vocabulary is bolstered and so is our grammar. It's normally a struggle to make a 2-hour class engaging throughout but French Level 5 does a great job."
"The inclusion of literature, politics, culture and other non-STEM topics is a nice change from the rest of the courses at Imperial."
"Really interesting and well-taught. Feedback has been timely and useful. Each lesson is well-structured. The learning environment is comfortable, so we feel at ease during the speaking section of the lesson. No fear of asking questions. Lessons are always a pleasure to attend."
"Really enjoyed the literature analysis - makes a great change."
"I thoroughly enjoyed each and every class I attended and learned a lot through his interactive method of teaching."