Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 20 Credits.
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This course is designed to develop both oral and written comprehension and expression. Based on current affairs, the reading of articles together with discussions and debates will refine students’ language skills and give them the confidence to present, defend and share their views. The content of the course will be varied and flexible, following events in France. It will aim to give students a greater understanding of political social and cultural aspects of France today.
Who is this course for?
The course is taught entirely in French. It is for students with a (very) good knowledge of the language and who wish to practise and stretch their French language skills.
Learning and Teaching
The course aims to be flexible and adapted to students’ needs and interests to make it a pleasant and relaxed learning experience. It is based on the study of newspaper and magazine articles as well as TV news extracts. Attendance and participation will count towards the credits.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
We would like you to try and read newspapers and magazines on a regular basis; in the library, we receive the following periodicals which would be most suitable for you: Ça m’intéresse, Science et Vie, L’Express, Le Monde Dossiers et Documents, Le Français dans le Monde. You can, of course, access French periodicals via their websites (for a comprehensive list of useful French websites, please visit:www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/languages/french/frenchlinks.php
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.