Language Modules - French

Modules offered under the centre are as follows 
Semester I, 2014-2015
Module Code Module Name
LAF1201 French 1
LAF2201 French 2
LAF3201 French 3
LAF4201 French 5
Semester II, 2014-2015
Module Code Module Name
LAF1201 French 1
LAF2201 French 2
LAF3202 French 4
LAF3203 French for Academic Purposes
LAF4202 French 6

There are no pre-requisites or qualifying test for Level 1000 language modules. But these modules are meant only for students without any prior knowledge. Those who have learned the language through formal and informal means (incl. through external courses, self-study or an extended stay in the target language country) must contact CLS to take a placement test.

Students may face disciplinary action by the University for making a false declaration.

Pre-requisites / Preclusions
Module Code Module Name Credit Student Requires
Pre-requisite Preclusion
LAF1201 French 1 4 NIL NIL
LAF2201 French 2 4 Passed LAF1201or placement test NIL
LAF3201 French 3 4 Passed LAF2201 or placement test NIL
LAF3202 French 4 4 Passed LAF3201 or placement test LAF3203
LAF3203 French For Academic Purposes 4 Passed LAF3201 or placement test LAF3202
LAF4201 French 5 5 Passed LAF3202, LAF3203, or placement test NIL
LAF4202 French 6 5 Passed LAF4201 or placement test. NIL
LAF4203 French Studies 1 5 Passed LAF4202 or placement test NIL
LAF4204 French Studies 2 5 Passed LAF4203 or placement test NIL

LAF1201 French 1

This module is meant for students with no prior knowledge of the target language. Students with prior knowledge (including spoken proficiency) must contact CLS to take a placement test.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-2-0-0-4 NIL NIL

LAF2201 French 2

This module aims to further enhance students' proficiency in the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as increase their knowledge of the syntactical, morphological, phonetic and lexical aspects of the French language. Students will also acquire a better grasp of learning and communicative strategies (e.g. skimming, selective reading, reading for details, inferencing and mnemonic techniques etc.). Authentic texts from daily ommunicative situations (such as letters, dialogues, brochures, TV and radio interviews, signs etc.) will serve as the main source of learning materials.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-2-0-0-4 Passed LAF1201 or placement test NIL NIL

LAF3201 French 3

Building upon the foundation of the French 2 module, this module focuses on the development of students' ability to communicate on fairly complex topics of general interests. It will continue to adopt an integrated approach to language learning and cultivate students' proficiency in all areas of language learning, including their learning competence. Strategies to be developed include writing and speaking strategies such as brainstorming, arranging ideas and collecting linguistic expressions prior to the writing or speaking tasks.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-2-0-0-4 Passed LAF2201 or placement test NIL NIL

LAF 3202 French 4

Students will be taught to comprehend longer listening and reading texts on more complex topics of general interest as well as on aspects of French culture, society and life. They will also acquire the ability to express their views and communicate meaningfully on the same topics at greater length, both in writing and orally. In the area of grammar and vocabulary, the focus will shift more towards textlinguistic and pragmatic features. Language learning skills and strategies will include recognising and applying common linguistic and sociolinguistic norms in the use of the French language.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-2-0-0-4 Passed LAF3201 or placement test LAF3203 NIL

LAF3203 French for Academic Purposes

French for Academic Purposes is designed for Student Exchange Programme students who plan to study in France and already have an intermediate level in French. The aims of the module are to understand longer texts, to write structured essays, and to present ideas in a logical and confident way. The students also work on their listening and speaking skills. To be able to adapt well to the French environment, they study various aspects of French culture (the education system, family life, national identity).
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-2-0-0-4 Passed LAF3201 or placement test LAF3202 NIL

LAF4201 French 5

The module seeks to develop the student's ability to understand French language and culture through the study of various materials: newspapers, magazines, extracts of films and books, web sites. Students will be introduced to complex documents and will learn different approaches for text and discourse analysis.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
5 4-2-0-2-4.5 Passed LAF3202, LAF3203, or placement test NIL NIL

LAF4202 French 6

Building on the foundations of French 5, this module helps the students to develop and put in practical use the knowledge acquired in various specific fields, such as commercial French, contemporary culture, advanced conversation and writing skills.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
5 4-2-0-2-4.5 Passed LAF4201 or placement test. NIL NIL

LAF4203 French Studies 1

Building upon the foundation of the French 6, this module focuses on the development of students' ability to communicate on fairly complex topics of general interests. It will continue to adopt an integrated approach and cultivate students' proficiency in all areas of language learning, including their learning competence. Strategies to be developed focus on writing and speaking. This module will introduce students to various themes and topics in French culture and society. The texts for this module will be drawn from the press, and visual and computer media. The module will be conducted in French.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
5 4-2-0-2-4.5 Passed LAF4202 or placement test NIL NIL

LAF4204 French Studies 2

This module is based on selected readings in literature. The approach will be thematic.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
5 4-2-0-2-4.5 Passed LAF4203 or placement test NIL NIL
* Workload: A-B-C-D-E
The components are as follow:
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week