DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000588

French for Beginners

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Lina Dubikaltytė-Raugalienė (lina.dubikaltyte@mruni.eu)

a. o: Dalija Žuvininkaitė, Lina Dubikaltytė-Raugalienė, Violeta Samedy

Institute of Philosophy and Humanities


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

first

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Face-to-face

2 semester

French, Lithuanian


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

66

96


8.

Purpose of the course unit

The course French for Beginners is aimed at students, who have no previous knowledge of French and who seek to attain level A1 in accordance with Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). French will be taught following the description of the course. The students will obtain essential knowledge necessary to communicate in everyday situations (both in everyday and professional contexts) and to understand local people when they speak slowly and clearly. The objectives of the course French for Beginners are: • providing knowledge of French phonetics, language in use and grammar in accordance with CEFR A1 level; • developing practical French language skills in four linguistic areas: listening, reading, speaking and writing;

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

Upon completion of French for Begginers course, the students will be able to: • Recogize basic units of phonetic, lexical and grammatical structures in simple texts.

Working individually and as a group work, while completing written and oral tasks; textual analysis; visual materials; interactive study methods.

Oral assessment methods – polls (frontal, group, individual), presentations (individual and as a group). Written assessment methods – traditional and interactive tests; study diaries. Examination.

• To read and understand brief and simple texts, discussed during the course; • To comprehend oral expressions of known words and phrases, discussed during the course.

Training – individually and as a group; presentations; written assignments; language of dialogues and monologues; situation imitations; role plays; games; mind maps. Usage of various information resourses during the training sessions; dialogues; discussions; case studies; feedback analysis.

Oral assessment methods – polls (frontal, group, individual), presentations (individual and as a group). Written assessment methods – tests and written assignments. Examination.

• To take part in simple conversations; to talk about basic needs related to studied topics while guided by a colocutor; to ask and to reply using basic phrases; • To write a simple and brief text; to complete a questionnaire with personal data.

Working individually and as a group while completing written and oral tasks; presentations; dialogues, situation imitations; role plays; games; mind maps; a presentation of an independent project to an audience; feedback analysis.

Oral assessment methods – Polls (frontal, group, individual); presentations (individual and as a group). Written assessment methods – written assignments (compositions, study diaries). Examination.

• To work with various information resources and to apply them in the study process; • To assess and apply subject-specific and other information.

Usage of various information sources in the training sessions; individual tasks and groupwork; dialogues; discussions; written assignments; mind maps; case studies. Feedback analysis

Oral assessment methods – Polls (frontal, group, individual); presentations (individual and as a group). Written assessment methods – written assignments (compositions, study diaries). Feedback; self-assessment portfolio.


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Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1. Introduction. Meeting. Formal and informal greetings, introductions. The use of tu and vous. Personal information. Writing personal data in registration forms. Language system and its main features. Sentence structure. Articles. Personal pronouns. Nouns; gender and number. Adjectives; gender and number. Adjectives for nationalities. Verbs avoir and ?tre. Sound system and its classification: vowels, nasal vowels, consonants. Listening, analysis and imitation of recorded sounds. Transcription. Accentuation. Rhythm; Rythmic word groups. Intonation of a sentence.

6

6

8

Individual and group work in oral and written assignments, visual materials; interactive teaching techniques.

2. Countries and cities of the world.
Countries of the world, languages. The town, the region where I live. Asking the way, giving directions. Listening, analysis and imitation of recorded speech. Writing a postcard about arrival. Articles. Regular and irregular verbs. Present tense of regular verbs. Affirmative and negative sentences. Numerals and their pronunciation. Adverbs of place. Demonstrative determiners.

6

6

10

Individual and group work in oral and written assignments, short dialogues, situation immitations, role playing, games, mind maps, watching/listening to video/audio records..

3. Accommodation. Asking for the information/giving information about accommodation. Booking a hotel. Listening, analysis and imitation of recorded conversations in a hotel. Conversation at the reception desk. Reading and comprehension of the information about cities and advertisements/announcements. Short letters and e-mails (address, sender, addressee). Prepositions. Interrogative pronouns; interrogative sentences.

6

6

8

Individual and group work in oral and written assignments, story telling; dialogues, situation immitations, role playing, games, presentation of individual tasks, feedback analysis.

4. Leasure time interests and activities.
Places and activities of leasure time. Presentation of interests, professional, sport and cultural activities. Analysis and immitation of the video on the materials covered. Short advertisements, messsages in press and internet. Present tense of irregular verbs. Impersonal form of the verbs. Imperative mood. Adverbs of time. Pronoun on. Stressed personal pronouns.
Consultation on the materials covered and preparation for the progress testing.

2

4

6

10

Use of various means of information in training exercises, individual and group work using various sources of information.

5. The Rhythm of Life and City.
Asking and telling the time; timetables, posters and notice boards in cities. Everyday activities, habits and daily routines. Telling the time, days, months. Listening, analysis and imitation of recorded conversations. Cardinal and ordinal numerals; their usage. Reflexive verbs, their use in present tense. Auxiliary verbs. Past participles. Past Perfect tense. Passé composé. Participe passé usage with the verb.

6

6

10

Individual and group work in oral and written assignments, dialogues, situation immitations, role playing, games, mind maps, watching/listening to video/audio records..

6. Family. Events in Families.
My family. Greetings and responses to the news and events in a family. Family relationships, family types and forms. Characterising a person. A letter about family events. Family holidays, traditions, customs and their symbols. Future plans. Analysis and immitation of the video on the materials covered. Formation and understanding of the survey questionnaire. Personal determinants. Future tense Futur proche.

6

6

10

Individual and group work, storry telling, written assingments, dialogues and monologues, situation immitations, role playing, games, mind maps.

7. Telephone Conversations. .
Conversations, news on phone. Phrases and intonations of phone conversations. Listening, analysis and imitation of recorded telephone conversations. Texting on the phone. Statiscal data and short biographical references. Past tense Passé récent.

4

4

10

Individual and group work, story telling, written assingments, dialogues, situation immitations, role playing, games, presentation of individual tasks, mind maps.

8 Seasons of the Year, Climate, Travelling. Seasons of the year, weather, information about climate, weather forecast, events in a year. Definition and characteristic of a geographical place. Comprehension of the texts of tourist booklets and travel itinerary. A letter about holidays, journey impressions. Impersonal verbs.The place of the adjective in a sentence. Future tense Futur simple.

8

8

10

Individual and group work in oral and written assignments, visual materials; interactive teaching techniques.

9. Food and Taste. Conversations about taste and eating. Reading menu, ordering food in a restaurant. Phrases to express satisfaction/dissatiscaction in a restaurant. Restaurants, cuisine, traditional dishes, eating culture of the country. Video episodes about French cuisine. Conversation in a restaurante. Partial articles. Prepositions de and ?. Quantitative adverbs. Words denoting quantity. Adverbial pronouns (pronoms adverbiaux) en ir y.
Consultation on the materials covered and preparation for the progress testing.

2

6

8

10

Individual and group work, story telling, written assingments, dialogues, situation immitations, role playing, games, presentation of individual tasks, mind maps.

10. Shopping, Fashion, Presents. Work, sport , evening clothes. Positive/negative statements about clothes. Articles of daily necessity, foods. Money, ways of payment for goods. Listening, analysis and imitation of recorded conversations on the topics covered. Conversation in a shop. Words and phrases to express quality. Pronouns; relative pronouns. Pronouns – direct and indirect objects. (COD, COI).
Preparation for the examination

2

4

6

10

Individual and group work in oral and written assignments, visual materials; interactive teaching techniques.

Consultation before the examination

2

2

Examination

2

2

Overall

8

56

2

66

 

96

 


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Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Test / didactic test / progress test

10

5 week

Integrated reading, writing, and listening comprehension test. Test consists of 50 tasks. Pass is awarded, if a student answers more than 50 per cent of questions: 10 – 50- 46 correct answers; 9 - 45 – 42; 8 - 41 – 38; 7 - 37 – 33; 6 -32 -28;5-27-23; 4-22-19; 3-18-14; 2-13-10; 1- 9-6; 0-5-0.

Tasks performance in practical training

30

Throughout the semester

A student actively participates in training sessions and completes oral, written and listening tasks; masters learning material orally and in writing, makes use of acquired vocabulary and terminology; asks and answers questions; makes use of grammatical forms and constructions acquired during the course, both orally and in writing; completes individual and group work tasks, uses methodological material, dictionaries and other information resources

Examination

50

15 -16 week

During the examination student‘s knowledge of French language is assessed, including all four areas of language use – conversation, listening, reading and writing. Written examination: An integrated reading, writing, and listening comprehension test. The test consists of 50 tasks. Pass is awarded, if a student answers more than 50 per cent of questions: 10 – 50- 46 correct answers; 9 - 45 – 42; 8 - 41 – 38; 7 - 37 – 33; 6 -32 -28; 5-27-23; 4-22-19; 3-18-14; 2-13-10; 1- 9-6; 0-5-0. Oral examination (conversation) – assessment of linguistic communication competencies. Students have the ability to: 1. recognize and understand familiar words and phrases, acquired during the course, both in oral and written form; 2. pronounce well the main sounds and use correct intonation; 3. use corectly the lexicon acquired during the course, both in written and oral form; 4. use corectly grammatical forms and constructions acquired during the course, both orally and in writing; 5. communicate on known topics about essential needs, to ask and answer with basic phrases.

Test / didactic test / progress test

10

11 week

Integrated reading, writing, and listening comprehension test. Test consists of 50 tasks. Pass is awarded, if a student answers more than 50 per cent of questions: 10 – 50- 46 correct answers; 9 - 45 – 42; 8 - 41 – 38; 7 - 37 – 33; 6 -32 -28;5-27-23; 4-22-19; 3-18-14; 2-13-10; 1- 9-6; 0-5-0.