FREN 2202 - French IIB: Language
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code FREN 2202 Course French IIB: Language Coordinating Unit French Studies Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Prerequisites FREN 2201 Incompatible FREN 1012 or FREN 2003 Course Description This course continues the intensive language training undertaken in French IIA: Language. It similarly aims to develop written language skills - composition, comprehension, translation, grammar - and spoken language skills - speaking, listening, pronunciation.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Ben McCann
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Understand better the structures of French language and apply them more accurately to their own language use 2 Understand and use a wider range of French vocabulary and structures, in both spoken and written modes 3 Understand and analyse various aspects of French and Francophone society and culture 4 Understand and respect the different world views that are expressed through the language, social practices and cultural productions of French-speaking communities 5 Communicate information, ideas and arguments more accurately and with more sophistication in French, in both spoken and written modes, using arange of appropriate technologies and resources 6 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 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 4, 5, 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4, 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3, 4
Required ResourcesA link to the list of textbooks for all French courses can be found on the Discipline of French Studies web site.
Recommended ResourcesReference works
The Barr Smith Library has a number of French-English and French-French dictionaries in its reference section. When preparing assignments, it is a good habit to work with dictionaries and other reference works around you. There are also some good dictionary resources available through the internet, eg http://www.wordreference.com/fr/ (bilingual) or http://www.lexilogos.com/francais_langue_dictionnaires.htm (French-French – very useful).
If you are thinking of purchasing a dictionary, there are several possibilities, depending on your budget. The Collins-Robert French-English English-French Dictionary is an excellent dictionary, and is quite good value, considering today’s prices. Note that recent editions of the Collins-Robertcontain a supplement devoted to specific language functions (eg letter writing, essay work, etc). This dictionary would be an excellent investment for the future, as well as a valuable tool in yourcurrent programme of study.
If your budget does not extend that far, other possibilities exist. There are plenty of middle-of-the-range dictionaries which would be satisfactory for most purposes (although more complex questions are always better solved by the larger dictionaries). The Collins-Robert dictionary mentioned above has a concise version which is also very good, and more moderately priced, or a paperback version. Langenscheidt also publishes a good French-English dictionary in the mid range. The best idea is to shop around and see what is readily available to match your budget (Unibooks, Angus & Robertson, etc.). The important thing is to avoid buying one of those small pocket style dictionaries, which are of very limited use.
(ii) Grammar Your textbook provides a good account of the various grammar points to be covered, along with many useful exercises for putting this material into practice. This is sufficient in itself for the course. If you have the time and inclination to do further practice, there are plenty of grammar books in the library, a number of which contain exercises. One text which you may find useful is the French Grammar published in the Schaum Outline series. It contains explanations of the various grammar points in English and follows these up with practice exercises (the answers are in the back). Also of potential use, if you are one of those people who struggle with grammatical terminology, is the book by Jacqueline Morton, English Grammar for Students of French (several copies usually available in the bookshop, also available in the Barr Smith Library). The definitive word on grammar is always to be found in Le Bon usage (by Grevisse), of which the BSL has copies.
Online LearningThe following will be posted on MyUni on a regular basis:
- powerpoints for the grammar class
- vocabulary lists for the language laboratory tests
- fair copies of all assignments and tests
- past exam papers and corrigés (uploaded at the end of the semester)
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course is taught with grammar classes, with language laboratories and oral expression tutorials expanding on the grammar classes.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
4 hours of language classes per week 48 hours per semester 4 hours assignment preparation/follow up per week 48 hours per semester 5 hours reading per week 60 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryWeekly class exercises on grammar (1-2 weeks spent on each chapter of the textbook). Pronunciation and listening exercises in the language laboratory. Discussion of cultural, social, politcal and topical issues in the conversation class.
Specific Course RequirementsStudents who do not meet the following requirements will be awarded a grade of Fail for the course:
- a minimum of 75% attendance in lab and tutorial classes (labs and tutes considered individually);
- completion of all assessment tasks worth 8% or more.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe preparation of an oral exposé on an aspect of French/Francophone culture will require students to conduct research, working in pairs.
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Assessment SummaryRegular tests, language assignments, oral exposés, essays, language exam.
Assessment DetailSee the Course Booklet located in MyUni for a detailed presentation of the assessment for the course.
SubmissionAssignments must be submitted to the School of Humanities Office, Level 7 Napier Building.
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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