French Language (Advanced)

Module code: FR1010

Module co-ordinator: Dr Aurélie Joubert

This module will consolidate and develop your oral and written communication skills, help you become an effective language learner through an awareness of grammatical rules, and improve your IT skills. 


The module consists of: 

  • Spoken language practice (travaux pratiques)
  • Written language practice (langue écrite)
  • Grammar lectures
  • One session in a computing lab (online grammar tests form part of the assessment for this module)

You are also required to watch the French TV news online at least once a week. Reporting back on the news is built into the assessment for this module.

Set texts include French novels, short stories, and comic books. In the past these have included: 

  • Fred Vargas, Ceux qui vont mourir te saluent (Paris: Viviane Hamy, 1994)
  • Thierry Jonquet, Mygale (Paris: Gallimard 1999)
  • Daniel Pennac: Des Chrétiens et des Maures (Paris: Gallimard 1998)
  • Amélie Nothomb: Stupeur et Tremblements (Paris: Albin Michel 1999)


Langue écrite and travaux pratiques are equally weighted in the assessment of this module.

Continuous assessment (50%)

  • Two written assignments per semester (20%)
  • Online French grammar exercises (provided on Blackboard) and vocabulary exercises based on the set novels (5%)
  • Reporting back on the French news and on a section from one of the set novels (5%)
  • Two aural comprehension tests (20%)

Exam (50%)

  • One exposé done in class during the year (25%)
  • One three-hour exam in May/June (25%)

Reading list


  • Jubb and Rouxeville, French Grammar in Context (Arnold)
  • A good dictionary, such as Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary


  • Hawkins and Towell, French Grammar and Usage (Arnold)
  • Hawkins, Lamy, and Towell, Practising French Grammar: A Workbook (Arnold)