FREN 1002 - French IA: Beginners' French
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code FREN 1002 Course French IA: Beginners' French Coordinating Unit French Studies Term Semester 2 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 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: 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) 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
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. 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 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 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 must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
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 TASK TASK TYPE COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S) iLrn exercises Formative 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Tests Summative 1, 2, 3, 4 Oral Test Summative 1, 2, 7, 8 Cultural Project Formative and summative 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Participation Formative 1, 2, 4, 7 Examination Summative 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
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
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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