A Post Level 5 or equivalent module in French language and culture

Module details

  • Offered to 3rd & 4th Years
  • Thursdays 16.00-18.00
  • 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

A very high level language module for students in their third year of French study post A-Level.

This module will examine the French response to the various ethical dilemmas presented to modern societies. It will cover a range of topics on the social and political evolution of contemporary France and the implications of globalization and the technological revolution.

This module aims to:

  • Enable you to consolidate and develop all previously acquired skills to attain a high level of competence in spoken and written French
  • Study a range of scientific and technical texts which will broaden your vocabulary and enable you to read and use with greater confidence documents related to your own field of study
  • Provide you with background knowledge and vocabulary on contemporary France
  • Study the political, economic, social and cultural events of the current year, as reported in the media
  • Study a wide range of texts, to understand and analyse radio, television broadcasts and long feature films
  • Give and listen to talks on scientific and technical topics from the your own discipline and to increase competence in question and answer sessions

By the end of the module, students should have reached approximately the C1/C2 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 5
  • Already achieved B2/C1 or equivalent on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

This module is not intended for native or near-native speakers.

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

Information blocks

Learning outcomes

This module will equip you with the ability to:Versailles

  • Understand French when spoken at native speed in various contexts, thus take notes from radio and television broadcasts or when attending meetings, conferences etc.
  • Converse fluently in French in general or professional contexts
  • Give oral presentations, write essays and reports in French on a wide range of topics using advanced linguistic structures and vocabulary
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the main political, economic, social and cultural problems France faces in the 21st Century and analyse their historical roots

Indicative core content

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  • revision of grammar points according to students’ needs
  • revision of subordinate clauses using the indicative or subjunctive modes
  • study of common idiomatic expressions and translation problems
  • essay writing and reports
  • correspondence and job applications
  • text analysis and listening comprehension
  • advanced oral presentation techniques, analysis of radio and TV programmes and films


  • memories of the past, visions of the future
  • tomorrow's world: challenges and solutions
  • revitalising democracy: citizens 'assemblies and civil disobedience
  • medias and democracy
  • the power of feelings and emotions in contemporary societies
  • animal rights and veganism
  • reflexion on the role of science and technology in modern society: topics related to students’ interest and current scientific developments
  • The French New Wave and its legacy TBC
  • current affairs and press review
  • films and literary texts on topics above

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: Research based Project - listening, reading and writing (450 words) (15%)
  • Coursework: Project based - speaking (8-minute pre-recorded oral presentation) and 450 word writing piece (20%)
  • Examination: 1-hour Written Exam - 450-480 word essay (10%)
  • Examination: 1-hour Written Exam - 500 word essay (20%)
  • Practical: approx. 25-minute Oral Exam - including presentation of topics and summary /commentary of text (35%)

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.

Grammar support:

Students need a good grammar reference book such as French Grammar and Usage, Fourth edition by Roger Hawkins, Richard Towell, Routledge 2015. ISBN: 978-1138851108

Additional material:

Prescribed text (term 1): Bel-Ami de Guy de Maupassant.  ISBN-10: 2218991454// ISBN-13: 978-2218991455. Published by Hatier, 2016

Articles from contemporary French press and scientific journals supplemented by audio and video material, films and literary texts: TBC.

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