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FR2009 : Pratique du français II

Course convenor : Dr Emily Salines

Assessment :

 3-hour written exam : 50%

 Oral exam : 50%

In order to pass the core language unit, students must obtain an overall pass mark (average of the written and oral exam marks) and pass the final written examination.

There will be formative assessments throughout the year.

Students will be given regular homework enabling them to put into practice the theoretical content of seminars and lectures.


There are three hours of seminars per week (written work, oral, practice) plus fortnightly grammar lectures. The three hours of seminars are divided in three sections: written work, oral, practice. You are expected to study independently for 10 hours per week (regular homework is set, and guidance on independent study may be found on Moodle).

In written French, you will study key themes such as ‘Le travail en France’, ‘le malaise social’, ‘les jeunes et la société’ which will help you understand contemporary France. You will read and analyse texts from a variety of sources (ranging from literature to journalism) and develop your writing skills. There will be particular focus on how to structure an argument.

In your oral class, you will study four films and learn to analyse extracts and present your ideas on these extracts and their themes.

In the practice seminars, you will develop listening comprehension skills, oral skills and work on grammar.

Key bibliography

All primary material is on Moodle. Please make sure that you check Moodle weekly and complete the required tasks / read the required texts when indicated.

In addition you will need to have access to a good monolingual dictionary and a good grammar reference book.

We recommend the following:


Le Petit Robert or Le Petit Larousse.

Le Trésor de la langue française is an excellent online monolingual dictionary, http://atilf.atilf.fr/

Grammar book

You need to buy :

Grammaire progressive du français, niveau avancé, Clé International, NOUVELLE EDITION This will be used in your FR2009 P classes.

You also need a good grammar text:

For example:
Roger Hawkins and Richard Towell, French Grammar and Usage, London, Hodder,

Roger Hawkins, Richard Towell, Marie-Noëlle Lamy, Practising French Grammar, London, Hodder, 2010 (2d edition). 

To revise your verbs, use either:

Bescherelle, La Conjugaison pour tous, Paris, Hatier, 2006.

Or, online: le conjugueur, http://www.leconjugueur.com/



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