LANG08010 2016 French Year 4 Semester 2

General Details

Full Title
French Year 4 Semester 2
Transcript Title
French 4.2
N/A %
Subject Area
LANG - Foreign Language
MRKT - Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Clare Kelly-Coll, Joan Morrison, Maria Diaz-Caneja, Martine Lucas, Sarah OBeirne
Programme Membership
SG_BFINA_K08 201600 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business in Finance Stream (Add-on) SG_BTOUR_K08 202100 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Tourism with Event Management SG_BBUSI_K08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business L8 (Add-on) DoMTS

This subject aims to build on the years of previous language studies and to equip the student with the linguistic skills to communicate competently in the target language and to develop the student's understanding of and sensitivity to social, cultural and economic issues relevant to the countries of the target languages.  It also aims to develop the student's capacity to carry out personal research in the target language.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


The student will perform confidently at Level B2 within the Common European Framework for Language Learning (Council of Europe Guidelines) and those who have spent a semester/year abroad in the country where the target language is spoken will be working towards Level C1


understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussion in his/her field of specialisation


interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity (higher in those who have lived in a country in which the target language is spoken) which makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party


produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issues giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options


understand and appreciate various historical, political and social issues relevant to the main country in which the target language is spoken and start to acquire an awareness of other countries across the globe where the target language is spoken


self-correct when speaking/writing in the target language

Teaching and Learning Strategies



Group work

Visiting speakers



Module Assessment Strategies

Written and oral presentations

Oral interviews

Listening tests





written tests


Repeat Assessments

Written project with oral presentation

Indicative Syllabus


Can understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. Can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes. Can understand a lot of film dialogue if in standard dialect.


Can read articles & reports concerned with contemporary prolems in which writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints.  Can understand contemporary literary prose.

Spoken interaction:

Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible.  Can take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining my views.

Spoken production:

Can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to my field of interest.  Can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


 Can write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to my interests/field of specialisation.  Can write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view. Can write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment aural, written reports/dissertation, essays Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5,6
2 Continuous Assessment oral exams, presentations, reports... Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Computer Laboratory oral work 2 Weekly 2.00
Lecture Flat Classroom aural & written 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN study, project work, research, etc 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2013-05-28 France - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture Kuperard
ISBN 1857336739 ISBN-13 9781857336733

France has experienced considerable upheaval in recent years. The Eurozone crisis, a new socialist president, rioting by an alienated underclass, a ban on the burqa (full veil) in public places, and an attempt to democratize the elite system of education all point to significant changes in French society. At the same time leading French companies are major investors in European energy resources, services, and luxury products, and between three and four hundred thousand French people live in Britain, making London, as former President Sarkozy stated, Frances fifth- or sixth-largest city. The implications of these changes have not yet fully permeated French society, but they reveal a slow process of adaptation to new realities.
Meanwhile, in international affairs, France makes a major and distinctive contribution and carefully guards its interests and prestige. The rivalry between Paris and the provinces continues the traditional split between North and South. France as a whole maintains its stately pace as a centre of culture, civilization, and, of course, the good life, which is one of the reasons it remains, with 75 million visitors a year, the most visited country in the world.
This new, updated edition of Culture Smart! France looks at the attitudes and values of the French today. It explains how French life and business work and shows you how to fit in as a foreigner. There is practical advice on how to avoid the pitfalls and do things the French way. It takes you through history, festivals, and traditions, the French at home, on the road, in the restaurant, and at work. Above all, it shows you how the French communicate, and how best to get along with this sometimes frustrating yet charming and brilliant people.

Recommended Reading
2006-04-14 The French Way : Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs of the French McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 0071428070 ISBN-13 9780071428071

Achieve savoir faire and fit into French culture with ease

Written by an internationally renowned expert in French culture, Ross Steele, this second edition of The French Way offers a uniquely impartial and fully up-to-date perspective on French attitudes, tastes, and customs regarding everything from business style (formal) to pets (doted on), conversation (an art form) to humor (satiric, political), love (truly, madly, deeply) to time ("Better late than never!").

With the help of The French Way, you will:

  • Understand how people from every corner of France interact, do business, and live their daily lives
  • Become well-versed in ninety major topics including food, family, holidays, the media, religion, sports, money, entertainment, and le shopping
  • Learn the truth about common myths and misconceptions concerning the French and communicate comfortably with French-speaking people without committing faux pas

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

articles (provided by lecturer) from newspapers, journals, magazines dealing with relevant historical, cultural, political, social issues

films dealing with the above issues

France "Culture smart" by Barry Tomalin

"The French way " by Ross Steel -


URL Resources


Other Resources


Additional Information