French for Professional Purposes 2B (B) (R1138B)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This Stage 8 module is for you if you have already acquired the capacity to function with autonomy in the target language at level B2(Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference [CEFR].

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable you to understand the main ideas and detail within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the target language, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the target language using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the target language
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, e.g. text; audio; audio-visual; digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to promote autonomous use of the target language.

These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting etc., based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you'll have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of target language countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials.

In this module you'll have the opportunity to specialise and report on professional matters or on topics in your field of expertise.

This module is at level B2-C1 (Independent-Proficient User) of the CEFR for Languages. 

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. 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.