French Beginner 1 (MLT101A/B)
Based on 33 hours of small group interactive seminars and tutorials predominantly delivered in French, the unit also comprises 67 hours of monitored private study.
- University credits: 10
- University levels: 1-4
- Pre-requisite: No previous knowledge of the language.
- Co-requisite: N/A.
- Availability: Students, members of staff, members of the public
- Teaching period: MLT101A: Autumn semester, MLT101B: Spring semester (Semester dates)
- Contact times: 3 hours per week over 11 weeks, starting in Week 2 of the semester, and including a two-hour class and a one-hour lab session.
- Language Co-ordinator: Dr Karine Zbinden
- Module Leader: Denis Romegoux (Autumn), Aurore Sansinena (Spring)
- Pathway: MLT102 the same year or in the Spring of the following year, MLT151 in the Autumn of the following year.
Assuming no prior knowledge of the language, this unit aims to provide a general foundation in the language and culture in order to cope with a range of predictable, everyday communicative situations encountered when interacting at a basic level, orally and in writing, with sympathetic native speakers during, for instance, a brief visit abroad.
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
- perform at Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
- recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning themselves, their family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly
- read and extract key information from short, very simple texts and written documents (messages, notices, instructions, brochures, etc.)
- interact in a basic way with a sympathetic native speaker in simple, routine, predictable situations, requesting or providing factual information, and coping with unfamiliar language or unexpected responses by asking for repetition or clarification
- write very simple notes, messages and short personal letters or emails providing essential information about themselves
- demonstrate an initial insight into very basic aspects of the culture and everyday life in areas where the language is spoken so as to respond appropriately when interacting with native speakers in elementary situations
- demonstrate a practical understanding of essential grammar terminology and a basic ability to study the language by themselves, using essential tools such as the Word Wide Web or a dictionary and developing techniques for the acquisition and retention of new language
- demonstrate awareness in a number of transferable skills such as IT skills, presenting information, handling unexpected communicative situations, taking intercultural differences and language barriers into account, learning independently, etc.
- Set: Foundations French 1, Bissar, D. et al (Palgrave: 2016), ISBN : 9781137579195. 3rd edition.
- Recommended: English Grammar for students of French, Morton. J. (Olivia & Hill Press: 2013), ISBN: 0934034427.
* 'Set' texbooks are provided at no additional cost to students taking the course for credits, as part of the Languages-for-All Fee-Waiver scheme, or as part of the Doctoral Development Programme.
- Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard):
- Weekly scheme of work
- Summary of activities done in class, with slides and corrections
- Follow-up and preparatory homework
- Additonal resources, inc. free-view film selection and grammar exercises
- French Society
- Validation - This module can be validated as part of the following schemes:
- Undergraduate degree
- MLTC Certificate of Attendance or Completion
- Higher Education Achievement Record
- Doctoral Development Programme & Research Training Programme
- Coursework: 10%
- Speaking Portfolio: 40%
- Written Examination (in the examination period): 50%
- Feedback: In addition to on-going individual and collective feedback during class-activities, learners will receive individual written feedback on the three pieces of assessment above.
- MLT101A (Autumn)
- Group 1: Monday, 12:00 - 14:00 (Jessops West, SR 8)
- Group 2: Wednesday, 10:00 - 12:00 (Bartolome House, SR BLG06)
- Group 3: Monday, 17:00 - 19:00 (Hicks Building, F24)
- Group 4: Tuesday, 13:00 - 15:00 (Regent Court, John Pemberton LT B)
- Group 6: Tuesday, 16:00 - 18:00 (9 Mappin Street, SR G04)
- Group 7: Monday, 14:00 - 16:00 (Jessops West, SR 8)
- Group 8: Tuesday, 10:00 - 12:00 (Pam Liversidge Building, D06)
- Group 1: Wednesday, 15:00 - 16:00 (Hicks Building, G39A)
- Group 2: Thursday, 10:00 - 11:00 (Hicks Building, G39A)
- Group 3: Thursday, 09:00 - 10:00 (Hicks Building, G39A)
- Group 4: Wednesday, 17:00 - 18:00 (Hicks Building, G39A)
- Group 5: Wednesday, 16:00 - 17:00 (Hicks Building, G39A)
- Group 6: Friday, 10:00 - 11:00 (Hicks Building, G39A)
- Group 7: Thursday, 13:00 - 14:00 (Hicks Building, G39A)
- Group 8: Friday, 09:00 - 10:00 (Hicks Building, G39A)
- Group 9: Friday, 15:00 - 16:00 (Hicks Building, G39A)
- Group 11: Thursday, 16:00 - 17:00 (Hicks Building, G39A)
- Group 12: Thursday, 15:00 - 16:00 (Hicks Building, G39A)
- MLT101B (Spring)
- Class: To be confirmed.
- Lab: To be confirmed.
- The times above are provisional.
- When there are several groups, the class group and the lab group are chosen independently from one another (e.g. you can choose Group 2 for the class and Group 4 for the lab). However, work done in the lab is intended as consolidation of the work done in class. Therefore, the lab you choose must run AFTER the class, i.e. either later the same day or later in the week. You cannot, for instance, choose a class on Thursdays and a lab on Wednesdays.
- Upon registering on an MLTC module, you will receive an email to choose your Class and/or Lab groups if applicable.
- Groups are chosen at the beginning of the semester and should be adhered to for the whole semester. After that, group changes are allowed in exceptional circumstances only.
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any query regarding your group choice.
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Information last updated: 15 May 2022