FREN 1002 - French IA: Beginners' French
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code FREN 1002 Course French IA: Beginners' French Coordinating Unit French Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Incompatible Not available to students who obtained B- or higher in SACE Stage 2 French or equivalent Course Description 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.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Natalie Edwards
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn the successful completion of French IA/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 to
read 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 and
presentation 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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 6, 7, 8 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 6, 8 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 6, 8 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 7, 8 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5, 8 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4, 5
Required ResourcesMotifs: An Introduction to French
by Kimberly Jansma & Margaret Ann Kassen, Heinle Cengage, 6th edition (e-book or hard copy)
iLrn Printed Access Card for Motifs
Students have two options to purchase these two required materials: they may purchase iLrn online, which includes access to the ebook of Motifs or they may purchase a pre-packaged textbook and iLrn access card from Unibooks.
Recommended ResourcesSchaum's Outline of French Grammar
by Mary Crocker
Online LearningStudents are required to use the Motifs iLrn site to submit homework assignments and tests.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThere are 4 weekly contact hours, one of which will be in the language laboratory. Learning activities will concentrate on understanding and applying basic structures and vocabulary and on acquiring cultural knowledge.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging with the course requirements. This as an indication of the average amount of time students should expect to spend on French on a weekly basis throughout the course of the semester. There will obviously be some weeks where students will devote more than 12 hours per week to French tasks, and other weeks where less time will be required.
4 hours of classes each week 4 hours 5 hours of preparation/follow-up work 5 hours 3 hours for reading and the preparation of assignments 3 hours Average weekly workload 12 hours
Learning Activities SummaryLearning 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.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceStudents will organise 'un après-midi français' in which they explore French in Adelaide. In groups of 3-5 they will visit French cultural sites, they will read/view/listen to materials in French and they will interview a French person. They will construct a diary of their afternoon and present this to their peers.
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Assessment SummaryAssessment for French language courses will include: grammar exercises, vocabulary exercises, compositions, translations, dictations, presentations, written and oral tests and final written examination.
Assessment DetailInformation will be available upon enrolment.
SubmissionInformation will be available upon enrolment.
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
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