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Bachelor 2020/2021

Foreign Language (French)

Area of studies: Public Policy and Social Sciences
When: 1 year, 1-4 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Language: English
ECTS credits: 6

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course "French language" is intended for 1st year students “International Relations” under the “Parallel Degree Program of the Higher School of Economics and the University of London, International Relations” There are no special requirements for the student’s input knowledge, skills and competencies, as this program is intended for the initial stage of teaching the French language. By the end of the second semester, students are expected to master the French language in the amount corresponding to level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR)
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to give students' basic abilities and skills in the main types of speech activity (reading, writing, listening, speaking), necessary for solving communicative problems in the socio-cultural and everyday spheres of activity, for further self-education.
  • to show students how to work (understand the general / detailed content, extract the requested information) with written texts of different genres (adapted narrative text with description elements, message, letter, questionnaire, etc.).
  • to form skills of adequate perception (to understand the general / detailed content, to extract the requested information) of oral texts of various types (monologue, dialogue, etc.)
  • to form skills in the production of oral and written texts in accordance with the communicative task (retelling of the text, monologue on a given topic, letter to a friend, etc.).
  • introduce students to the sociocultural stereotypes of speech behavior in French and their native language, the degree of their compatibility / incompatibility.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Listening and reading: - realizes the main content of short sounding texts on the topic being studied, built on familiar language material and pronounced clearly, at a natural pace; adequately perceives the main content and details of short adapted written texts on the topic under study.
  • Speaking: within the framework of the studied subjects and in accordance with the stage of training - produces a monologue-narration, a monologue-description; - participates in the dialogue; - participates in the discussion.
  • Speaking: within the framework of the studied topics and in accordance with the stage of training - produces monologic speech; - participates in the dialogue-inquiry.
  • writing: compiles a short review / review; short descriptive text.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • A human and his family, friends, favorite activities. Acquaintance: let me introduce myself. Acquaintance: favorite pastimes. My studies.
  • A human and his life style. My work day. My house. My region. Vacation at home. Seasons. Close relatives.
  • A human and his social connections. An evening with friends. Favorite food. Visit to the doctor. Holidays. Traditions.
  • Man and his social activities. Grocery shopping. National cuisine. Dietary nutrition.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking exam
    The oral and written French language exam is organised without the use of proctoring on the ZOOM platform. Participating in the examination procedure is regulated by the exact timetable sent by the instructor to the corporate students` email before the exam. Students join the exam 10 minutes before its beginning. Students` computers should follow the requirements with respect to the presence of a web camera and microphone. To take the exam students must be present at the beginning regulated by the timetable, while answering switch on the camera and microphone. During the exam it is prohibited to switch of the camera, to use notes and other aids, to discuss something with people in the room or via social networks. A short connection break during the exam is less than 5 minutes. In case a break is longer than 5 minutes, students are prevented from further participation. The reexam procedure has the same format as the exam.
  • non-blocking Written final work on the topic
  • non-blocking Oral test (retelling / abstracting / annotation of text, audio-video document)
  • non-blocking presentation
  • non-blocking Written test for general / detailed understanding of the sounding text
  • non-blocking Written test for general / detailed understanding of the written text
  • non-blocking Written text production according to communicative task
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.4 * exam + 0.1 * Oral test (retelling / abstracting / annotation of text, audio-video document) + 0.1 * presentation + 0.2 * Written final work on the topic + 0.1 * Written test for general / detailed understanding of the sounding text + 0.1 * Written test for general / detailed understanding of the written text
  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.4 * exam + 0.1 * Oral test (retelling / abstracting / annotation of text, audio-video document) + 0.1 * presentation + 0.2 * Written final work on the topic + 0.1 * Written test for general / detailed understanding of the sounding text + 0.1 * Written test for general / detailed understanding of the written text
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Alberta Dept. of Education, E. L. S. B. (1991). French as a Second Language Program of Studies: Beginning Level. Early Childhood Services-Grade 12 = Francais langue seconde programme d’etudes: niveau debutant de la maternelle a la 12e annee. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=ED354732
  • Myles, F. (2003). French Learner Language Oral Corpora (FLLOC). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.1C1AD2BA

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Goodyear, S. (2018). Learn French. [Place of publication not identified]: Simply Media. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1430253
  • Joseph Lemaître. (2012). French : How to Speak and Write It. [N.p.]: Dover Publications. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1152776