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French Higher Advanced - Stage G

Duration 28 weekly meetings
Tutor Hamid Sahki
Course code FRE24A2612A
Fee £445
Concessionary fee £356 (find out about eligibility and funding options)

50-51 Park Place
CF10 3AT

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Duration 28 weekly meetings
Tutor Stéphane Jenaer
Course code FRE24A2612B
Fee £445
Concessionary fee £356 (find out about eligibility and funding options)

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This course will enable you to expand your oral, aural and written language skills in order to develop a detailed knowledge and effective understanding of the structures, registers and linguistic principles.

You will acquire an effective operational proficiency in French which allows fluent, spontaneous communication. Themes studied will include:

  • le système éducatif (évolution ou régression des méthodes et de l'organisation)
  • la culture (ouverture sur le multiculturalisme, promotion d'une culture marchande ou maintien d'un produit d'exception, cinéma, théâtre, développement des langues régionales)
  • littérature: introduction a la nouvelle française
  • les grandes questions qui touchent la société française: reformes, discriminations, rôle des medias.

This course is for you if you have a very good command of French (six years' part-time study or Advanced Stage F).

Taking this course can contribute to the pathway to a degree in modern languages.

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Learning and teaching

The emphasis of the course is on participation therefore students are encouraged to actively participate in class through various forms of activities designed to stimulate communication.

Coursework and assessment

For us, 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.

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.

The assessment of this course is divided into four parts to assess each of the following skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. It is designed to enhance what you have learnt during the course.

Additionally to the weekly sessions, we recommend that you spend time between the lessons, revising and practising what has been done in class and reading the press, listening to radio in order to polish your near-native French.

Reading suggestions

The recommended coursebook is:

  • Alter Ego Methode de francais C1- C2 Ndeg5, hachette langue etrangere, ISBN 978-2-01-155797-1

For consultation:

  • French Grammar in Context, M. Jubb, Third Edition, Hodder Education, 2008.
  • Modern French Short fiction, J. Gratton, B. Le Juez, Manchester University Press, 1994.
  • Contemporary French Cultural Studies, W. Kidd, S. Reynolds, Hodder Education, 2000.
  • Dans le Jardin des Mots, J. de Romilly , Le Livre de Poche, 2008, ISBN-10: 2253124389
  • Francoscopie 2010, G. Mermet, R. Hasterok, Larousse, 2009, ISBN-10: 2035845386.

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:

  • Ca m'interesse
  • Science et Vie
  • L'Express
  • Marianne
  • Le Monde
  • Le Français dans le Monde

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


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.