ULFR51060 LEAP French 6 (C1+)

  • Credits: 20
  • Pre-requisite: Successful completion of ULFR51050- LEAP French 5 (B2/C1) or equivalent e.g. A level French grade A* plus a placement test carried out by the course convenor.
  • 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).
  • Level of attainment: (C1+) By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level C1+ of the Common European Framework.
  • Timetable: Click here


This course is designed to consolidate students’ level of proficiency, not only with the use of complex grammatical structures in the French language but also by offering a wider range of higher advanced sophisticated written and aural texts on both concrete and abstract topics including articles and reports concerned with contemporary issues. Students will also gain experience in translating primary texts from and into French.  

Students will gain proficiency in the ability to appreciate and use nuanced language at this, the ability to appreciate and use tone, register, structure and style in oral and written communication and the ability to interact and negotiate orally in complex situations at a higher advanced level. 

The course also serves as preparation for the French Ministry of Education Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF- C1) should students wish to sit for this internationally recognized qualification independently (this exam is not organised by LEAP).

Learning outcomes

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

  • demonstrate effective operational proficiency  in  the understanding and knowledge of language structure grammatical rules;
  • follow debates, discussions or conversations as well as communicate in most situations using higher advanced complex and linguistically accurate structures (different types of discourses, registers, etc.);
  • understand longer concrete and abstract reading and listening material;
  • produce clear and well-structured texts on complex topics.

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

Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, and cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hours or two 90 minutes seminars per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary.

This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and will be supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Teaching hours

72 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time.

Independent study hours

140 hours (not including assessment time).


All assessments are summative.

Non-credit students and members of the public need to be aware that written exams will not take place during lesson time.

Semester 1

  • Written exam; 30% weighting; held in university's semester 1 exam period in January

Semester 2

  • Listening exam; 10% weighting; held in week 11
  • Speaking exam; 30% weighting; held in week 12
  • Written exam; 30% weighting; held in university's semester 2 exam period in May/June

Dates to be confirmed.

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of informal ongoing feedback resulting from class-based learning activities and formal written feedback given following summative assessments.


Gaelle Flower

Taught by

Gaelle Flower

Maximum entry

23 per group

Set texts

Cosmopolite 5 : Livre de l'élève + audio/vidéo téléchargeables - Publisher: Hachette Authors: Sylvain Capelli; Delphine Twardowski-Vieites; Émilie Mathieu-Benoit ISBN-10‏: ‎2015135782 - ISBN-13: 978-2015135786

Cosmopolite 5: Cahier de perfectionnement + audio MP3 ISBN-10 : ‎ 2015135839 - ISBN-13 : ‎ 978-2015135830