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Foreign language I (French)

Code: 103573 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2502758 Humanities FB 1 1
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Marta Estrada Medina

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:


Virginia Porto Vega
Anna Corral Fulla


Not applicable.

Objectives and Contextualisation

Foreign Language I (French) is part of the basic training of students of the Humanities degree together with the subject Foreign Language II (French).

This course introduces the student to the use of the current written and spoken French language. The content of this course aims at training the student in instrumental French language through the production and comprehension of documents of different typology in current French language.

The aim of the course is for the student to be able to:

- understand and use everyday expressions and simple phrases designed to meet needs.

- The aim of the course is for the student to be able to: understand and use everyday expressions and simple phrases aimed at satisfying needs; introduce himself and a third person; ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he lives, the people he knows and the things he has.

- interact in a basic way as long as the other person speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to cooperate.



  • Developing critical thinking and reasoning and communicating them effectively both in your own and other languages.
  • Students must be capable of applying their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and they should have building arguments and problem resolution skills within their area of study.
  • Students must be capable of collecting and interpreting relevant data (usually within their area of study) in order to make statements that reflect social, scientific or ethical relevant issues.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Ability to maintain an appropriate conversation.
  2. Carrying out oral presentations using an appropriate academic vocabulary and style.
  3. Communicating in oral and written form in the studied language, properly using vocabulary and grammar.
  4. Identifying the main and secondary ideas and expressing them with linguistic correctness.
  5. Interpreting the meaning of unknown words thanks to its context.
  6. Making predictions and inferences about the content of a text.
  7. Producing a written text that is grammatically and lexically correct.
  8. Producing an oral text that is grammatically and lexically correct.


The course aims at developing not only linguistic but also pragmatic, textual and socio-cultural competences as well as an aptitude for learning to learn. The development of these competences will be carried out through the written and oral practice of the language that will include all its aspects (communicative, grammatical, lexical and sociocultural).

Oral production.

- greeting and addressing someone

- requesting and giving basic personal information (name, address ...)

- communicating easily by telephone

- talking about where you live and the people you meet

Written production.

- writing simple notes addressed to friends

- simple descriptions of people, places, activities

- filling in forms with personal data

- writing short and simple postcards

- writing letters and short messages with the help of a dictionary

Reading comprehension.

- analysis and comprehension of very short and simple texts, generally descriptions, with images.

- analysis and understanding of SMS, emails, postcards ...

- analysis and comprehension of short and simple written instructions

Oral comprehension.

- understanding conversations about everyday or personal matters

- comprehension of brief and simple instructions and indications

- understanding short, simple personal questions

- comprehension of short and simple messages and announcements

- understanding numbers, prices and timetables ...



The subject Foreign Language I (French) is instrumental and essentially practical. The emphasis on training activities will be on the active participation of the students in order to achieve the competences foreseen in this teaching guide.

In general terms, learning will be directed through the following set of techniques and actions:

- Master class with ICT support and collective discussion

- Practice of written and oral expression in French language

- Analysis of grammatical phenomena

- Comprehensive reading of texts

- Creation of diagrams, concept maps and summaries

- Individual and group exercises, both written and oral (letters, invitations, narratives  ...; debates, dialogues, presentations on a specific topic ...)

- Accomplishment of autonomous activities: exercises of the notebook, preparation of the tests, readings, compositions, search of information in Internet ...

- Class exchanges (teacher-student, student-student)

- grammar, written / oral expression and written / oral comprehension tests

Whenever possible, we will work with authentic documents in French.



Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Lecture classes and collective discussion 22 0.88 3, 5, 6
Oral exercises 20 0.8 8, 3, 4, 5, 1, 6, 2
Written exercises 10 0.4 7, 8, 3, 4, 5, 6
Type: Supervised      
Papers preparation. Tutorials 12 0.48 4, 5, 1, 6
Type: Autonomous      
Autonomous study 30 1.2 4, 5, 6
Written and oral exercises 48 1.92 7, 3



The evaluation of the course will be continuous and will include both the various tests and the papers / exercises / comments submitted throughout the semester and presented orally in class. It will include at least two exams, one of them partial and one of synthesis (50%), an oral test (25%) and the delivery of tasks done at home and / or classroom activities (25%).

In order to participate in the reassessment, the student must have been previously assessed in a set of activities the weight of which is equivalent to a minimum of 2/3 of the total grade. Only students who have failed and have at least an average final grade of 3.5 will have the right to reassessment. Reassessment. will consist of a final summary examination. Oral presentation, homework related to daily teaching activity and the submission of papers are excluded from reassessment.

A student who has completed less than 2/3 of the assessment activities will be considered 'NOT EVALUABLE'.

At the time of each evaluation activity, the student body will be informed of the procedure and date of review of the grades.

Plagiarism: Total and partial plagiarism of any of the exercises will automatically be considered a FAILED (0) of the plagiarized exercise. Plagiarism is copying from unidentified sources, be it a single phrase or more, passing it off as one's own production (this includes copying phrases or fragments from the Internet and adding them without modification to the text presented as one's own), and it is a serious offence.

In the event of a student committing any irregularity that may lead to a significant variation in the grade awarded to an assessment activity, the student will be given a zero for this activity, regardless of any disciplinary process that may take place. In the event of several irregularities in assessment activities of the same subject, thestudent will be given a zero as the final grade for this subject.

In the event that tests or exams cannot be taken onsite, they will be adapted to an online format made available through the UAB’s virtual tools (original weighting will be maintained). Homework, activities and class participation will be carried out through forums, wikis and/or discussion on Teams, etc. Lecturers will ensure that students are able to access these virtual tools, or will offer them feasible alternatives.

Special Cases: French-speaking students must meet the same evaluation conditions as other students. Responsibility for monitoring training and evaluation activities rests solely with the student.


Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Continuous assessment 25% 1 0.04 7, 8, 4, 5, 1, 6, 2
Exams: listening, reading comprehension, written production and grammar 50 % 6 0.24 7, 8, 3, 4, 5, 1, 6, 2
Oral exam 25% 1 0.04 7, 3, 4, 5, 6



To be determined

Reference works

BESCHERELLE (1991): L'art de conjuguer : Dictionnaire de 12 000 verbes, Hurtubise HMH, La Salle.

BESCHERELLE (1997) : L'orthographe pour tous, Hatier, Paris.


BARFÉTY M. & BEAUJOIN P. (2004): Expression orale 1 - A1/A2 Niveau débutant - livre + CD audio, Paris, CLE International.

BARFÉTY M. & BEAUJOIN P. (2004): Compréhension orale 1 - A1/A2 Niveau débutant - livre + CD audio, Paris, CLE International.

MIQUEL, Claire (2013): Communication progressive du francais - Niveau débutant, Paris, CLE International.

MIQUEL, Claire (2014): Communication progressive du francais - Niveau intermédiaire, Paris, CLE International.

POISSON-QUINTON, S. (2004): Expression écrite 1 - Niveau débutant, Paris, CLE International.


MIQUEL, Claire (2010): Vocabulaire progressif du francais - Niveau débutant, Paris, CLE International.

GOLIOT-LÉTÉ, A. &  MIQUEL, Claire (2011): Vocabulaire progressif du francais - Niveau intermédiaire (Livre + CD), Paris, CLE International.

BAZOU-ZENFT V. & SCHENKER J.-C. (2009): Vocabulaire en action + CD audio - Niveau debutant, Paris, CLE International.

SIRÉJOLS E. (2007): Vocabulaire en dialogues + CD audio - Niveau débutant, Paris, CLE International.

MIMRAN, R. (2005): Vocabulaire expliqué du français - Niveau débutant, Paris, CLE International.

ELUERD, Rolland (2008): Les exercices de vocabulaire en contexte. Niveau débutant. Hachette. Paris.

AKYÜZ, Anne (2008): Lesexercices de vocabulaire en contexte.Niveau intermédiaire. Hachette. Paris.


CHARLIAC L., LE BOUGNEC J.-T., LOREIL B. & MOTRON A.-C. (2004):  Phonétique progressive du francais - Niveau débutant, Paris, CLEInternational.

CHARLIAC L. & MOTRON A.-C. (1998):  Phonétique progressive du francais - Niveau intermédiaire, Paris,CLE International.

Consultation Grammars

BERARD,E., LAVENNE, CH. (1989) : Modes d'emploi : Grammaire utile du français, Hatier, Paris.

BOULET R., HUET-OGLE C. & POISSON-QUINTON, S.  (2003): Grammaire expliquée du Français, Niveau débutant,  Paris, CLE International.

CHARAUDEAU, P. (1992) : Grammaire du sens et de l'expression, Hachette, Paris.

GREVISSE, M., GOOSSE, A. (1989):  Nouvelle grammaire francaise, Louvain-la-Neuve, Duculot.

MAHEO-LE COADI, M., MIMRAN, R. & POISSON-QUINTON, S. (2002): Grammaire expliquée du Français, Niveau intermédiaire,  Paris, CLE International.

RIEGEL, M. et alii. (1998) Grammaire Méthodique du Français, Presses Universitaires de France, Paris.


-  REY, A., REY-DEBOVE, J., Dictionnaire alphabétique et analogique de la langue française : Petit Robert 1.

(dernière édition).

-  LAROUSSE Français-Espagnol/ Espagnol/ Français. Larousse http://www.larousse.com/es/diccionarios/frances-monolingue http://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais-espagnol/

-  Diccionari Francès- Català / Català-Francès. Diccionaris Enciclopedia Catalana

Grammars with exercises 

AKYÜZ, A. , BAZELLE-SHAHMAEI, B., BONENFANT, J. &GLIEMANN, M.-F. (2005): Les 500 Exercices de Grammaire A1 - Livre + corrigés intégrés, Paris, Hachette.

BEACCO, J.-C., DI GIURA M. & SUSO LOPEZ J. (2014): Grammaire contrastive pour hispanophones - A1/A2, Paris, CLE International.

BOULARES, M. & FREROT, J-L., Grammaire progressive du français (avec livret de corrigés), Clé International, Paris.

DESCOTES-GENON, C., MORSEL, M.-H. & RICHOU,C. (2010): L'exercisier : l'expression française pour le niveau intermédiaire, Grenoble, PUG.

GREGOIRE M. (2010):  Grammaire progressive du français avec 440 exercices (avec livret de corriges) - Niveau débutant, Paris, CLE International.

MIQUEL Claire (2005): Grammaire en dialogues – Niveau débutant (Livre + CD audio), Paris, CLE International.

SIREJOLS, E. & TEMPESTA-RENAUD, D. (2002): Grammaire. 450 nouveaux exercices (avec livret des corrigés), Niveau intermédiaire, Paris, CLE International.

 Online Resources

Oral and written comprehension activities





Playing detective: comprehension, grammar and vocabulary


Phonetic activities


Oral comprehension