VIA201 Practical Course of a Second Foreign Language (French)

Code VIA201
Name Practical Course of a Second Foreign Language (French)
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice; Courses of Free Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Professional
Field of study Languages
Academic staff Larisa Iļinska, Ingrīda Otlāne
Credit points 6.0 (9.0 ECTS)
Parts 2
Annotation The course is intended to develop proficiency and to integrate students’ French language skills as a second foreign language. Practical French course comprises survey of theoretical and practical materials, including grammar and lexical tasks. The students are required to be actively involved in conversations and discussions in pairs and in groups on different subject areas. Students are asked to do several lexical and grammatical tasks and express ideas in composition on a given topic. Evaluation of reading and understanding skills by using methods of text analysis, as well as by answering questions..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
Objectives of the course: It is meant to emphasize the use of language for active communication and help students develop the following: 1) language skills that can be used in various activities and disciplines rather than to cover any specific body of subject matter; 2) organization and writing skills of compositions, documents and different types of letters; 3) the ability to express themselves coherently and with reasonable fluency and accuracy in both written and spoken French; 4) the fundamentals of French grammar so they can converse, read and write in the target language.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Students are able to read and comprehend the content of monologues, dialogues, elementary and lower intermediate texts on general subjects. - Assessment: home tasks, tests, exam (text 1,500 pr. signs, 10 problem oriented tasks, 20 min)
Students are able to comprehend the gist of authentic audio/video records of dialogues/monologues on topical everyday issues. - Assessment: tests, interviews, exam (2 min long audio record, 8-10 tasks, 10 min)
Students are able to communicate fluently and spontaneously, initiate a dialogue, negotiations, short discussions, as well as interpret the contents of a short text on topical everyday issues. - Assessment: home tasks, tests, exam (5-8 speaking topics)
Students are able to model a short, detailed monologue, dialogue, logically express their opinion using relevant phrases, and idioms. - Assessment: tests, exam (30 multiple choice questions). Evaluation: tests – tested/not tested; exam – mark according to 10 grade scale
Students are able to write a short letter, congratulation using the relevant vocabulary, grammatical constructions and punctuation correctly. - Assessment: home tasks, exam (short letter 50-80 words)
Course prerequisites no preliminary knowledge

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