Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Français élémentaire niveau A2.1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit assumes that an A1 level in French has been acquired, and while consolidating the skills, vocabulary and grammar acquired at that stage, it proceeds to develop the 4 linguistic skills at A2.1 level, as specified by the Common European Framework of Reference. It exposes students to a variety of level-appropriate oral conversations and written texts thus addressing the skills of reading comprehension, oral comprehension.

It also trains students to respond appropriately in practical situations by using relevant speech acts in role-plays and to write letters and respond to emails and messages in clear and correct French. This study-unit also addresses the cultural dimension of language, while increasing students' lexicon and range of structures with which to express themselves. Themes and situations tackled include feasts and rituals, telephone conversations, social media, seasons, eating out, clothing, travelling etc.

Study-unit Aims:

- To improve students' speaking skills at A2.1 level by training them in a range of communicative scenarios through speech acts.
- To improve students' listening skills by exposing them to at A2.1 level dialogues.
- To improve students' writing skills at A2.1 level by training them in grammar, vocabulary and written layout for basic correspondence.
- To improve students' reading skills by exposing them to a range of at A2.1 level texts.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Use a greater variety of verbs and tenses in a communicative context to refer to present, past and future events (passé composé, futur simple).
- Use vocabulary and expressions related to telephone conversations, social media, seasons, eating out, clothing, travelling etc.
- Speak about French feasts, symbols, cuisine, Francophone countries.
- Discuss French everyday customs and social norms.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Take part in a routine conversation on simple predictable topics.
- Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
- Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
- Describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
- Write short letters relating to matters of immediate need.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Alter Ego + 1, Méthode de Français, Livre de l'élève, Hachette 2012.
- Alter Ego + 1, Cahier d'activités, Hachette 2012.

Supplementary Readings:

- Sylvie Poisson-Quinton, 'Expression écrite Niveau 2: Compétences A2', CLE International, 2009.
- Anne Aküz, 'Exercices de vocabulaire en contexte' (Niveau intermédiaire), Hachette, 2000.
- Anne Aküz, Bernadette Bazelle-Shamaei, Joëlle Bonenfant, 'Exercices de grammaire en contexte' (Niveau débutant et niveau intermédiaire), Hachette, 2000.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-unit: FRE1501 or equivalent


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Oral and Written Exercises No 30%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Karen Camilleri

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