FREN 1002 - French IA: Beginners' French

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

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 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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible Not available to students who obtained B- or higher in SACE Stage 2 French or equivalent
    Assessment Regular assignments, tests, written exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Natalie Edwards

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    4, 5, 6, 8
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 2, 3, 7, 8
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3, 4, 5, 6, 8
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4, 5, 7, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Ateliers and MindTap.
    Purchasing directions will be given before the beginning of the semester.

    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
    There 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.

    4 hours of classes per week 48 hours per semester
    5 hours preparation per week 60 hours per semester
    4 hours reading and assignment work per week 48 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    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.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students 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.
  • 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 for French language courses will include: grammar exercises, vocabulary exercises, compositions, translations, dictations, presentations, written and oral tests and final written examination.
    Assessment Detail

    iLrn exercises Formative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Tests Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4,
    Oral Test Summative 15% 1, 2, 7, 8
    Cultural Project Formative and summative 15% 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Participation Formative 10% 1, 2, 4, 7
    Examination Summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    To support the changes to teaching, the following revisions to assessment have been made:-

    Homework Exercises - MindTap 20%
    Tests (x2 – on MyUni) 30%
    Oral Test (through Zoom in week 12) 20%
    Final written test (on MyUni in week 13) 30%
    Information will be available upon enrolment.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    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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