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Course Overview

This Senior Honours French language course, whose pre-requsite is the Junior Honours French Language course, is run over the full session and is only open to Single and Joint Senior Honours degree in French students.

Building on the skills gained in their third year of study of French, this course will help the students' French language gain very high skills in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, whilst increasing their grammatical and lexical knowledge, as well as their sensitivity to linguistic variety.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Full Year Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Roger Ravet

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • French (FR)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • FR4059 Level 4 French Language 1 (Studied)
  • FR4060 Level 4 French Language 2 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The fundamental aim of this Senior Honours French language course is that the students achieve a very high level of both receptive (reading and listening) and productive (writing and speaking) skills in French.

Exercises are designed to help students achieve very high levels of comprehension of both the spoken and written language and to increase their sensitivity to linguistic variety.

Students will be able to use the French language in its written and spoken forms with a very high degree of both fluency and accuracy in a wide range of registers.

The skills practiced in Junior Honours (translation from and into French, composition in French) will be further improved in two weekly classes by presenting the students with more challenging translation passages with greater variety of lexis, syntactical patterns, style and register (Hour A) and by practicing oral presentations as well as increasing the demands posed by the composition or essay in terms of length, content, sophistication of argument and [removed]Hour B).

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

  • 20-minute oral examination (20%)
  • 180-minute translation from English to French (20%)
  • 180-minute translation from French to English (20%)
  • 120-minute composition in French (20%)
  • Four in-class tests (20%):
    • Oral
    • 50-minute translation from English to French
    • 50-minute translation from French to English
    • 120-minute composition in French

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Frequent feedback will be provided in class discussions. All formal assessments will be returned  with full commentary and also be discussed in class. Fair copies are uploaded on MyAberdeen.

All course tutors advertise their office hours.

Course Learning Outcomes


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