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Ouverture: intermediate French (L120)

This website is designed to help you decide whether Ouverture: intermediate French (L120) is best suited to your needs and previous knowledge.

In order to establish whether this module is right for you, you will work with a range of activities from the L120 materials. This allows you to determine whether the level of language proficiency needed at the start of this module is about right or perhaps too high or too low for you. Step 5 below will help you to choose the right pathway for your Language Studies qualification. Please check the current provision for any information about qualifications.

Summary

Ouverture: intermediate French (L120) is a mixed media module (using books, audio and video material and a website) with regular tutorial support. It revises and consolidates the knowledge of French you already have and teaches more advanced language in the context of French-speaking societies and French culture. It offers insights into many aspects of everyday life in modern France, so you should also gain a better understanding of issues that concern French people. The samples here present activities from the module materials. In addition, the module website provides a variety of interactive materials in a rich study environment.

Activities

The samples on this site help you to:

  • get an overview of the structure, components and content of the module;
  • get a first impression of the assessment in L120;
  • get to know the key learning points of its first block (Session);
  • gauge the level of proficiency needed for dealing with language input in the reading and listening activities of block 1;
  • understand how grammar, vocabulary, learning strategies and cultural aspects are taught.

You should be able to complete most exercises without consulting a dictionary too often. When using audio or video material, try to extract enough information to do the activity after listening about three times. In the end you might also want to refer to the transcripts provided to check your answers. Remember that when exercises are based on authentic texts, audio or video, you are only expected to understand what is needed to complete the exercise, not every word. Once you have read the texts and done the activities compare your answers with those given in the Corrigés at the end.

Please note that the materials presented here may appear in different media on the actual module.

Step 1

These documents provide an overview of the L120 module and its approach to teaching French at intermediate level.

  1. This extract from the L120 Guide informs you about the module content, structure and components.
  2. This sample Study Calendar gives you an impression of how you would need to plan your studies and assessment for L120.
  3. These sample Tutor Marked Assignments show you what a typical assessment task looks like, what help you get with this and what you would be required to do.

Step 2

These activities help you gauge if the reading texts and writing tasks in the first Session of L120, are at the right level for you.

  1. Key learning points Session 1
  2. Livre 1: Activités 1.1.1 - 1.1. 4
  3. Pratique de l'écrit: Activités 1.1.1 and 1.1.2

Step 3

These listening activities let you gauge the level of difficulty in the listening activities of the first unit of L120. After following the links below, work through these interactive listening activities with audio and video materials. In the activities you can check your answers and also access the audio transcripts. Please note that all these activities consist of more than one part.

  1. Activité 1.1.1
  2. Activité 1.1.2
  3. Activité 1.1.3

Step 4

These extracts show how language structures, language learning strategies and cultural information are taught to enhance your study skills and grammatical as well as cultural knowledge.

  1. Grammar
  2. Strategies
  3. Culture

Step 5

Now think about how easy or challenging you found the activities, the language of the tasks and the authentic texts and audio resources, always remembering that you are not required to understand every single word at this stage.

  • If you were able to understand almost all the materials immediately and answered almost all questions correctly, you may be ok to start studying towards a Language Studies qualification with the module Envol: upper intermediate French (L211). You can check this by going to the language diagnostic materials for this module and working through the steps as described there. If you were able to understand almost all the materials in L211 immediately, then L211 might be the right choice for you. Please remember that the workload on level 2 language modules (60 credits) is about double that of level 1 language modules and progression through the module from one unit to the next can be steep.
  • If you found the activities challenging and could only understand less than 40 per cent of the material immediately, you should make Bon départ: beginners' French (L192) the first language module you study in your chosen pathway towards a Language Studies qualification.

Please try to be realistic when you assess your language level. If you choose a module that is too challenging, you may find there is not enough time to do the module and to close the gaps you may have in that language. Also bear in mind that the module will progress in terms of difficulty and volume of work. Choosing the right level will ensure you have time to explore the module materials in full as well as enjoying the experience of studying a language.

Acknowledgements

Photographs, Livre 1, Unité 1
Page 19: Copyright © Mehdi Chebil / Alamy

Photographs, DVD-Rom, Unité 1
Activités 1.1.3A: © Alain Vialleton
Activités 1.1.3B, 1.1.4B and 1.1.7A: © Fiona Carey
Activités 1.1.3D: © Fernando Rosell Aguilar