ENGINEERING TRIPOS PART IIA - 2012/2013
Project SL1 Intermediate French
Leader for French Projects: Mr C. d'Angelo email: cd237
Project Type: Standard
NB first introductory session of 2 hours on Wednesday 8th May
Project Category: Language
Prerequisites: 'Intermediate' projects are intended primarily for
students who have studied French to GCSE level at school, and who also
attended 'Intermediate' level classes during Part I of the Engineering Tripos.
Timing: Wednesdays pm plus Monday or Thursday pm
Two project formats will be offered:
- A long oral presentation with a short written report.
- A long written report with a short oral presentation.
Students may choose from the following topics:
Any topic which has very small numbers may not be offered.
- European Tunnels
- The car of the future
- To teach French
within the framework of the Council of Europe guidelines contained in the
theme of 'languages for work and life' by including specific engineering
tasks which require significant technical input and knowledge.
- To encourage students to
adopt the mode of 'learning languages for life' by taking responsibility
for their own learning.
- To consolidate and develop
linguistic competence in listening, speaking and reading skills, and to extend
competence using writing skills within work-related situations.
- To develop technological
knowledge and understanding of French industry.
- To learn to handle authentic
materials, in any medium, in French.
To achieve this European ambition, the tasks will be anchored on four
- task based - to
reflect the realities of current language use.
- skill integration - to
operate efficiently in real life.
- language integration -
to achieve the greatest degree of realism and authenticity.
- cultural awareness -
to operate successfully in a linguistic and social sense.
4 hours contact teaching + 4 hours supported self-study + 12 hours
untimetabled / week.
Group teaching, group work, pair work and individual work will be employed.
The projects will be run from the Language Unit to enable full use of the
Assessment will be based on current and technical language (70%) and
engineering (30%) content.
understanding the essential points of spoken discourse of a general or
more technical nature, and summarising effectively in either the target
language or English.
- speaking: responding
accurately and effectively to work-related situations, and using the
target language to enquire about/express opinions on general or
- reading: skimming,
interpreting, extracting data from specialist/non-specialist sources.
- writing: writing
memos, letters, specialised articles using the appropriate structure and
External lecturers from French industry will be invited to speak and
to work with the groups.
Format: Submission Date - Marks
Interim report : Friday 24 May 2013 - 20 marks
Final report: 4pm Friday 7 June 2013 - 60 marks
Shell Language Project Prizes to be shared by the best students undertaking a Foreign Language Project.
A talk on Foreign Language Projects will be given on Tuesday 29 January from 1-2pm in the Language Unit seminar room.
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