French Advanced B (B) (R1134B)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This Stage 6 module is for you if you already have the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language at level B1+ (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference [CEFR].

Building on your existing proficiency level, you will:

  • learn how to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and communicate effectively in the target language, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in different contexts
  • get opportunities, across many topics, to practise your understanding and communication in the target language using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop complex language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the target language
  • analyse aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in media such as text, audio, audio-visual and digital.

Your classes include activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and encourage independent use of the target language.

These includes presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities such as summarising and reporting etc., based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

You'll work in groups and on your own, and develop your knowledge and understanding of target language countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. You'll also focus on a topic of special interest to you.

This module is at level B1+-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.


8%: Practical (Workshop)
92%: Seminar (Class, Seminar)


60%: Coursework (Oral examination, Test)
40%: Examination (Take away paper)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 36 hours of contact time and 114 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.