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Mises au point: advanced French

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This course follows on from Envol: upper intermediate French (L211). It continues to develop your knowledge and understanding of the society and culture of contemporary France and French-speaking countries, and to extend the practical skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The study resources include online authentic audio and video, comprising interviews, documentaries and reportages, and illustrated printed materials. You will also develop your academic writing, critical and analytical skills, and intercultural competence. The course has six themes that give both broad and focused coverage of different aspects of historical and contemporary France and French-speaking countries.

Modules at Level 3 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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31 Jan 2015 Oct 2015
£2632.00
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2019.
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31 Jan 2015 Oct 2015
£945.00
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2019.
Start End Fee Register
31 Jan 2015 Oct 2015
£2632.00
Choose country above

Registration opens on 30/04/14

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 2019.

*Fees may vary by country.

What you will study

Most of the materials for this course are delivered online via the course website, and you will spend a considerable amount of time carrying out interactive online activities.

Each theme is studied over five weeks, has online activities through the course website, associated video and audio documentary material together with listening and speaking exercises, reading and writing exercises based on longer texts from a full-colour printed anthology of texts (Francosphères).

The themes in detail are:

  • History: The end of the French Empire; a profile of General de Gaulle; Revolution and republicanism.
  • Multicultural France: Interviews with the writer Azouz Begag; an exploration of secularism (Laïcité) and its role in French identity; immigration and identity through the prism of literature.
  • The media: The regional daily Sud Ouest – production and presentation of the news; French radio, listener participation, consumer issues; television, the internet, globalisation, and celebrity culture.
  • The arts in France: The influence of la bande dessinée in France; the national Fête de la musique; the State of  the Arts.
  • Science and technology: The Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, science and the public; a profile of two French oceanography museums; scientific endeavour the French way
  • Expression and identity in the French-speaking world: The literatures of Québec; the Caribbean and French-speaking Africa; the French-speaking world.

This course is designed to enable you to achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level C1 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Entry

This is a Level 3 course for students who have successfully completed Envol: upper intermediate French (L211) or who already have an equivalent knowledge of French. 

If you have not studied a language with The Open University before or you have any doubt about the standard of your French, you are advised to ask your regional or national centre for further advice and/or samples of material. 

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

Preparatory work

Before the course 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 Envol: upper intermediate French (L211); listening to French radio or internet TV broadcasts and podcasts; borrowing French books and films from the local library; or reading French newspapers and blogs online. Anything you can do to keep practising your French will be helpful.

You should ensure that you have access to dictionaries and grammar books, either in print or online, both monolingual and bilingual for your own first language.

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 course makes substantial use of audio and visual materials. Full transcripts of the audio-visual materials are provided. The written and spoken elements you will be asked to complete as part of your assessment may use audio and possibly visual stimuli. 

The study materials are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Some PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Comb-bound versions of the printed study materials can be provided on request. 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’ll need to make extensive use of a personal computer throughout the course as most of the study materials are delivered online. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in operating a computer or the internet and have any concerns about accessing this type of material, you are advised to talk to the Student Registration & Enquiry Service about support which can be given to meet your needs. 

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
  • how to contact us for advice and support both before you register and while you are studying.

Study materials

What's included

Books, DVD and a website which is the focal point of your study with access to a range of electronic tools including real-time conferencing and asynchronous tools such as forums.

You will need

You will need a headset with a microphone and earphones to take part in online tutorials, record spoken TMAs, complete the speaking activities on the course website and to take part in the online speaking test at the end of the course. You will also need to be able to play DVD-video.

Please also check the Computing Requirements and Assessment sections.

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.

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 course 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. The online tutorials will give you practice in using the conferencing tool needed for your end-of-module speaking test. 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 course can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). The written part of the end-of-module assessment (EMA) must also be submitted online. The EMA also includes a speaking test which is carried out online.

Professional recognition

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

Future availability

The details given here are for the course that starts in February 2015. We expect it to be available again in October 2015. We then expect it to be available once a year, in October.

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 L310
Credits 60
OU Level 3
SCQF level 10
FHEQ level 6
Course work includes:
5 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

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