Mises au point: advanced French
This module follows on from Envol: upper intermediate French (L211). It continues to develop your knowledge and understanding of the society and culture of contemporary France and French-speaking countries, and to extend the practical skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The study resources include online authentic audio and video, comprising interviews, documentaries and reportages, and illustrated printed materials. You will also develop your academic writing, critical and analytical skills, and intercultural competence. The module has six themes that give both broad and focused coverage of different aspects of historical and contemporary France and French-speaking countries.
What you will study
Most of the materials for this module are delivered online via the module website, and you will spend a considerable amount of time carrying out interactive online activities.
Each theme is studied over five weeks, has online activities through the module website, associated video and audio documentary material together with listening and speaking exercises, reading and writing exercises based on longer texts from a full-colour printed anthology of texts (Francosphères).
The themes in detail are:
- History:< The end of the French Empire; a profile of General de Gaulle; Revolution and republicanism.
- Multicultural France: Interviews with the writer Azouz Begag; an exploration of secularism (Laïcité) and its role in French identity; immigration and identity through the prism of literature.
- The media: The regional daily Sud Ouest – production and presentation of the news; French radio, listener participation, consumer issues; television, the internet, globalisation, and celebrity culture.
- The arts in France: The influence of la bande dessinée in France; the national Fête de la Musique; the State of the Arts.
- Science and technology: The Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, science and the public; a profile of two French oceanography museums; scientific endeavour the French way
- Expression and identity in the French-speaking world: The literatures of Québec; the Caribbean and French-speaking Africa; the French-speaking world.
This course is designed to enable you to achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level C1 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The Chartered Institute of Marketing now recognises this module under their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.
This is an OU level 3 module for students who have successfully completed Envol: upper intermediate French (L211) or who already have an equivalent knowledge of French.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
Before the module begins, we suggest that you continue to use your French in any way you can. You could do this by: redoing some of the activities in Envol: upper intermediate French (L211); listening to French radio or internet TV broadcasts and podcasts; borrowing French books and films from the local library; or reading French newspapers and blogs online. Anything you can do to keep practising your French will be helpful.
You should ensure that you have access to dictionaries and grammar books, either in print or online, both monolingual and bilingual for your own first language.
Books and a website which is the focal point of your study with access to a range of electronic tools including real-time conferencing and asynchronous tools such as forums.
You will need
You will need a headset with a microphone and earphones to take part in online tutorials, record spoken TMAs, complete the speaking activities on the module website and to take part in the online speaking test at the end of the module.
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.
Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.
A desktop or laptop computer with either:
- Windows 7 or higher
- Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.
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