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This module builds on Ouverture: intermediate French (L120), or equivalent knowledge. It will enhance your cultural knowledge and develop the skills needed to study at a higher level, as well as your practical language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. By studying a variety of authentic audio, video and printed materials from French-speaking countries, you will learn how to communicate in situations ranging from everyday conversation to putting forward your point of view in a debate. You will also improve your command of grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary acquisition. A compulsory residential school takes place in France (or you can study an online alternative).

Modules at Level 2 assume that you are suitably prepared for study at this level. If you want to take a single module to satisfy your career development needs or pursue particular interests, you don’t need to start at Level 1 but you do need to have adequately prepared yourself for OU study in some other way. Check with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service to make sure that you are sufficiently prepared.

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This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2017.
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04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£1290.00
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Registration opens on 24/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2017.
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04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£2632.00
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Registration opens on 24/04/14

See below for information about part time tuition fee loans available for study towards a qualification.

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2017.

*Fees may vary by country.

What you will study

The module draws on a wide range of interactive audio-visual, web-based and printed material. It is structured around themes, each covering a different aspect of life in French-speaking countries today. You will be working with print-based materials as well as practising listening and speaking with video footage and audio interviews. A range of online activities on the module website gives you access to authentic materials from French-speaking countries and fosters your ICT and communication skills. The topics have been selected to provide opportunities for comparison with your own experience.

The themes covered in the course are:

  • prendre le temps de vivre (lifestyle)
  • habitat (habitat)
  • expression artistique (culture)
  • gérer l’environnement (environment)
  • affaires publiques (local politics)
  • science et technologie (science and technology).

There is a reading and writing book, Cours d’écriture, which comprises a continuation of texts and activities incorporating suggested and model answers. It develops your writing skills in particular, but also addresses other skills concerned with comprehension, analysis and manipulation of texts – for example, summarising, expressing opinion on written passages, style and register, appreciation and accuracy.

The course is lively and varied, with a wide range of mixed-media material that has been selected in order to build up your confidence in the different language skills. The structure of the materials allows you to evaluate your progress regularly and provides confidence-building strategies to improve your learning skills. The materials are interactive and encourage your participation.

This course is designed to enable you to achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level B2 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Residential school

A compulsory residential school takes place in France (or you can study an online alternative). 

The one-week residential school  provides excellent opportunities to enhance and develop the skills covered in the course, to practise your French in a variety of situations and learn more about the country. The programme is demanding, running from approximately 09:00 until 21:00, but the timetable allows for a break in the morning and for flexibility with the evening activities.

You will be responsible for the cost of your travel to the venue.  Depending on where you live, there maybe a fee for accommodation and meals at the residential school.

If you cannot attend the school for reasons beyond your control, an alternative learning experience (ALE), which runs in September (evenings and or weekends), must be completed. This is provided online using a computer conferencing system which allows you to speak with your tutor and fellow students in real time. However, the residential school in France  offers a wider range of learning opportunities than the ALE.

In order to successfully complete the module you have to participate satisfactorily in either the residential school or the ALE.

Entry

This is a OU level 2 module, for students who have successfully completed Ouverture: intermediate French (L120) or who have an equivalent knowledge of French. 

If you have not studied a language with the OU before or you have any doubt about the standard of your French, you are strongly advised to go to our Language diagnostics website to see some sample materials.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Preparatory work

If you have time before the module begins, we suggest that you continue to use your French in any way you can. You could do this by: redoing some of the activities in in Ouverture: intermediate French (L120); watching and listening to the L120 audio and video materials; listening to French radio broadcasts; borrowing French books and films from the local library; reading a French newspaper; or using online resources. Anything you can do to keep practising your French will be helpful. 

If you are new to The Open University, it would be useful to look at some of the L120 materials and work through them. Materials are either available to buy from The Open University Worldwide website or for viewing at your regional or national centre.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

Please note that this module makes substantial use of audio and visual materials. Full transcripts of the audio and video materials are provided, except those used for assessment purposes. The study materials are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability. 

You are advised to talk to our Student Registration & Enquiry Service about the support which can be given to meet your needs before you register. After you have registered you will receive detailed information about the residential school site and the facilities available to help with the academic programme.

You’ll need to make extensive use of a personal computer and will need to access the course website on a regular basis. You will also be offered tutorials some of which will be via an online conferencing system. 

All outside visits can be reached using the low floor tram and local buses. Students with reduced mobility can be supported with scooters on campus.

There is a dedicated member of staff to support disabled students during the week in France.  Teaching and living accommodation is on the ground floor or accessible by lift.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:

  • help to determine your study requirements and how to request the support that you need  
  • Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
  • using a computer for OU study
  • equipment and other support services that we offer
  • examination arrangements
  • residential school arrangements, including the support and equipment available
  • how to contact us for advice and support both before you register and while you are studying.

Study materials

What's included

Books and a dedicated website with access to a range of electronic tools including real-time conferencing and asynchronous tools such as forums. As a registered language student you will have automatic access to an online forum where you can talk to fellow students over the internet. This will be linked directly from the website.

You will need

You will need a headset with a microphone and earphones to take part in online tutorials, record spoken TMAs and complete speaking activities.

Please also check the Computing requirements and Assessment sections.

In addition to the set books, you will need a French dictionary and grammar book, such as Collins-Robert French Dictionary, Collins £35.00 - ISBN 9780007331550, and Isabelle Fournier French Grammar (BBC Active), Pearson Education £6.99 - ISBN 9780563519546

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2007 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.6 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.

Materials to buy

Set books

  • Collins-Robert French Dictionary, Collins £35.00 - ISBN 9780007331550
  • Fournier, Isabelle French Grammar (BBC Active), Pearson Education £6.99 - ISBN 9780563519546

Students could use any other dictionaries or French grammar.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor to help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written and spoken tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). You can also ask your tutor for advice and guidance. This module usually includes a mix of face-to-face and online tutorials. Please note that depending on where you live, the mix will vary and in some places face-to-face tuition may be replaced by telephone conferencing. Although you are not obliged to attend any of these, you are strongly encouraged to take part as they will provide you with plenty of opportunities to speak and listen to French. How tutorials are held will depend on the distribution of students taking the course in your area.  Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs).

The TMAs test a range of skills including written and spoken. There is a Writing Test at the end of the module which takes the form of a three hour examination at a standard examination centre. You may have to travel some distance to the examination centre. 

Professional recognition

The Chartered Institute of Marketing now recognises this module under their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2014. We then expect it to be available once a year.

How to register

To register a place on this course return to the top of the page and use the Click to register button.

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Distance learning

The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

For more information read Distance learning explained.

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Course facts
About this course:
Course code L211
Credits 60
OU Level 2
SCQF level 9
FHEQ level 5
Course work includes:
5 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
Examination
Includes residential school

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