FREN 1003OL - Beginners French B

Online - Summer - 2024

This course introduces students to the language and culture of contemporary France. In addition to intensive language training in the four basic skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - various aspects of French society and culture will be introduced through audio and video extracts and short texts. The emphasis throughout will be on communicative skills, both oral and written.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FREN 1003OL
    Course Beginners French B
    Coordinating Unit European Languages, and Linguistics
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites FREN 1002
    Assessment Online exercises 10%, Tests 20%, Oral test 15%, Cultural project 15%, Participation 10%, Final Test 30%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Ben McCann

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On the successful completion of Beginners French B, students will be able to:

    1.    understand the basic structures of the French language and use these in writing and in speech

    2.    demonstrate a sufficient knowledge of French vocabulary to communicate in everyday situations

    3.    recognize basic structures and vocabulary in written and spoken materials, and thus be able toread and listen to articles/news items/short stories in French 

    4.    understand and analyse aspects of French and Francophone society and culture

    5.   understand and respect the different world views that are expressed
    through the language, social practices and cultural productions of
    French-speaking communities

    6.    locate and evaluate a variety of sources to further their own understanding of the French language and of French and Francophone societies and cultures

    7.    communicate information, ideas and arguments in French, in both spoken
    and written modes, using a range of appropriate technologies and resources

    8.    work both independently and in collaboration with others in the exploration, generation andpresentation of ideas and information, and contribute productively and in a timely manner to group-based outcomes
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    4, 5, 6, 8

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1, 2, 3, 7, 8

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    3, 4, 5, 6, 8

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    4, 5, 7, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Ateliers and MindTap.
    Purchasing directions will be given before the beginning of the course.
    Recommended Resources
    Schaum's Outline of French Grammar by Mary Crocker
    Online Learning
    Students are required to use the MindTap site to submit homework assignments and tests.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This is an intensive course which meets 4 hours per day for 3 days each week, for 4 weeks.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    4 hours of classes per day x 3 days x 4 weeks : 48 hours per summer school period
    8 hours of assignment preparation/follow up per week: 32 hours per summer school perdiod
    8 hours reading per week: 32 hours per summer school period
    7 hours of grammar revision per week: 28 hours per summer school period
    TOTAL WORKLOAD: 140 hours per summer school period
    Learning Activities Summary
    Learning activities will include structured and unstructured oral exercises, grammar and vocabulary exercises, role-play activities, translation, dictation, oral presentations, listening activities using
    authentic online materials, and compositions. Students will make extensive use of online resources that include practice of speaking, reading, writing and listening, and that further cultural awareness.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are expected to attend all classes.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    ASSESSMENT TASK                     WEIGHTING                  
    MindTap exercises                             20%                 
    Tests                                                30%                 
    Oral Test                                           20%                            
    Final Test                                          30%                

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must complete all assessment in order to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    More detailed information on assessment will be provided in advance of the beginning of summer school classes
    All work will be submitted electronically via MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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