Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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FREN 101/3.0 Francais Intermediaire

Instructor: Dr. David Baguley

Course Description

This course provides intensive instruction and practice in all the skills of language acquisition (speaking, reading, writing, understanding).  It will consist of a weekly grammar lesson, providing instruction and active participation in acquiring the fundamentals of French grammar, with accompanying exercises. Students will also have the opportunity to read and discuss a short novel and a number of short stories written in French and to take part in debates, presentations and discussions in the target language. There will be a weekly small group session to allow for intense practice in speaking, exchanging views and developing fluent oral efficiency in the language. 

Expected Learning Outcomes

This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop to a more advanced level their abilities in the four basic skills of language learning. They will acquire further rigorous training in the rudiments of French grammar, extend their vocabulary, gain a higher level of fluency and accuracy in the spoken language and be introduced to aspects of French and francophone culture. These diverse outcomes will be achieved by a variety of activities, both instructor-centred and student-centred, reflecting the increasing complexity of language acquisition as a developing mastery of the language is achieved.

Field Studies

The main field studies activity will be a trip to Bergues and Dunkerque. The second field trip will consist of a showing of the film adaptation of M. Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coron.

Primary Research Expectations

Students will be expected to study rigorously the contents of the language manual and conduct some basic primary research (usually on-line) relating to the topics of presentations and brief compositions. The presentation topics may cover aspects of the two set literary texts or deal with some special feature of French culture.


The assessment requirements (and percentages) for this course are as follows:

  • 3 brief compositions written in French, at least one of which is related directly to a field studies experience, each worth 10% of the final grade: 30%
  • Attendance and participation: 10%
  • Term test: 10%
  • Class presentation: 15%
  • Oral exam: 10%
  • Final exam: 25%