Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Perfectionnement de la langue/ Further Progress in Written and Oral French

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit of studies verifies the linguistic competence that students of French master for Advanced level and thence the way is paved for the strengthening of their skills. The unit consists of written exercises with which students are already familiar: free composition in the French language and also précis writing. The oral component plays an important role. Students are asked to give a presentation of a certain length in the French language before their colleagues.

Study-Unit Aims:

The study-unit will make it possible for a student to comprehend a conversation in academic French. It will also make the student aware that there are various registers of language which he/ she will make an effort to comprehend. This unit trains the student to develop a clear elocution in order to make himself understood in the French language.

This study-unit encourages the student to read about current affairs in France either by consulting magazines and newspapers or by browsing French electronic media. Writing in French is an important component of the unit. Lecturer has to take special care to correct the grammar of material produced by student. The unit shows the student not to be vague when writing but rather to use names of well-known contemporary French personalities and also French place names.

Learning outcomes

Students will be more prepared to join a conversation in the French language. They will be aware of the importance of correct pronunciation. They will be able to prepare a presentation, that is, they will be able to make a speech of some length in the French language before their colleagues.

Students will try to master the art of writing in coherent French and which is fit for research at university. They will learn how, with patience and with a lot of effort, they will write idiomatic French. Students will be better acquainted with French personalities of today and with place names because the language is used in a socio-cultural context.


- Larousse Poche 2015 dictionnaire de français, 1056p., 2014.
- Le Petit Robert de la langue française, Le Robert éditeur, 2837p., 2014, ISBN 23210004665.
- Grevisse, Maurice et Lits, Marc, Le Petit Grevisse, Grammaire française, Duculot, 32e éd., 2009, 284p.
- Zancarini-Fournel, Michelle, La France du temps présent (1945-2005), version compact, Ed. Belin, 2014.
- dir. Carroué, Laurent, La France des 13 régions, éd. Armand Colin, 2017.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualification: Grade C or better at Matsec Advanced Level in French.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Written Exercises SEM2 No 10%
Presentation SEM2 No 40%
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Richard Spiteri

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