ULFR51050- LEAP French 5

  • Credits: 20
  • Pre-requisite: Successful completion of LEAP French 4 or equivalent e.g. A level French grade B or above.   
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May).
  • TimetableTimetable for the course


This course is designed to consolidate students’ level of competency, not only with the use of complex grammatical structures in the French language but also by offering a wider range of sophisticated written and aural texts on both concrete and abstract topics including articles and reports concerned with contemporary issues.

Students will gain effective operation proficiency in both the ability to appreciate and use nuanced language at this level including via tone, register, structure, and style in oral and written communication, and also the ability to interact and negotiate orally in complex situations. 

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. understand extended speech, lectures, films, and TV programmes without too much effort;
  2. understand long and complex texts and specialised articles in a different field from one's own;
  3. interact with native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity and take an active part in discussion;
  4. give a presentation on a reasonably complex subject;
  5. write letters, reports, and essays in a clear and well-structured way, tailoring the style appropriately.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level C1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Information handling, IT skills, cultural appreciation, language awareness, discussion, formal presentations.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on-campus and online instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Teaching hours

69 hours (3 hours per week) including

Independent study hours

140 hours (not including assessment time)


  • Semester one: Week 12- Written Exam 30%
  • Semester two: Week 11- Listening Exam 10% & Written Exam 30%; week 12 - Oral Exam 30%

If government or university guidance requires assessment to be held online, then Listening Exam may be assessed alongside the Oral Exam

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of

  • informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities;
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Dr. Catherine Franc

Taught by

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Maximum entry

22 per group

Set texts

Alter Ego + B2, Livre de l'élève & CD-ROM - Edition HACHETTE 2015 - ISBN: 978-2014015508

Recommended texts




Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have the capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.