FREN 3201 - French IIIA: Language
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code FREN 3201 Course French IIIA: Language Coordinating Unit French Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites 15 units in French, including FREN 2202 Incompatible FREN 2212 or FREN 3002 Course Description Language training in spoken and written French builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in second year (beginners' stream). The course will include grammar exercises, written expression, oral expression and translation.
Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Poiana
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThis course will enable students to:
LO 1 Know and understand the structures of the French language and key aspects of French culture
LO 2 Be capable of responding to, giving opinions about, analysing and evaluating situations and ideas using the French language
LO 3 Be able to locate materials, including primary and secondary sources, in order to acquire knowledge of the French language and culture
LO 4 Work independently and in collaboration with others, in a timely manner, to present and communicate ideas and develop cogent and coherent arguments.
LO 5 Use digital technologies and software programmes for accessing material in French and producing texts in French
LO 6 Become a self-reflective and self-directed learner, in order to sustain the effort of learning French over time
LO 7 Be aware of social and cultural issues in French speaking contexts and appreciate their wider impact.
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. 1,3,5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3,4 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,3,4,5,6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 4, 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3,5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6,7 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2,4,7 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 7
Required ResourcesThere are no textbooks for this course.
Students must bring their own headsets with microphones to all Language Laboratory classes.
Recommended ResourcesGrammar Reference books (available for loan from the Barr-Smith Library)
· Glanville Price, A Comprehensive French Grammar, Oxford, Blackwell Publishers, 6th edition, contains complete explanations in English on all points of French grammar.
· Roger Hawkins and Richard Towell, French Grammar and Usage, Arnold.
· For a concise reference grammar, see H. Ferrar, A French Reference Grammar, Oxford University Press, 1967.
· Students at this level sometimes need to revise basic structures such as verb conjugations. You are advised to do this as early in the year as possible: it will help you get better grades in your language tests. The best revision book is Mary Coffman Crocker, Schaum’s Outlines: French Grammar, New York, McGraw Hill, 1999.
Online LearningThe course requires students to consult the MyUni webpage on a regular basis. All of the course material is grouped in weekly folders. Students are expected to download the grammar notes, read them and complete the exercises in advance of the grammar class. Students are also advised to view the oral worksheets in advance of the oral class as well as the vocabulary lists, which must be learned. Students will use MyUni also in the Language Laboratory, particularly the Voice Board and Voice Presentation software.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThere are three contact hours per week.
Written Workshop or Seminar. Students learn a complete grammar syllabus using the grammar notes posted on MyUni. The documents can be found in the Weekly folders. Because of the large amount of grammar covered in this course, it will not be possible to explain the rules systematically, point by point; in the limited time we have in the grammar class. Rather, students are expected to learn the grammar notes and attempt the exercises prior to attending class, leaving valuable class time for reviewing some of the more difficult points or questions raised by students. For this reason it is vital that students quickly acquire the habit of printing the notes, reading them carefully and bringing them to the grammar class. In the Weekly folders, students will also find vocabulary sheets that they must learn.
Oral Tutorial. The focus is on student participation in discussion. Discussion topics are drawn principally from newspaper and magazine websites. Students will be expected to participate actively in group and class discussion. In semester 1, students will each do a 5 minute oral presentation, without reading from their notes, on the topic: “parlez à la classe d’une activité ou d’un sujet qui vous passionne”. Students can sign up for their presentation at the start of the semester. In semester 2, there will be an oral exam in week 13.
Language laboratory class. Students listen to recorded dialogues and French radio podcasts, and watch videos on general topics in order to improve their listening skills. For speaking practice in the lab, students record short speeches in French using the Blackboard Collaborate Voice Tools software. All work done in the Language Laboratory will be checked by the tutor. Please note that the Faculty does not provide headsets -- students must bring along their own headsets with microphones to the Language Laboratory.
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.
3 hours contact per week – grammar, oral expression, language laboratory (x 12)
6 hours preparation of grammar notes and oral expression exercises (x 12)
3 hours revision and assignment preparation each week (x 12)
Total = 144
Learning Activities SummarySemester 1
Week 1 Grammar MyUni Notes : Les temps du passé Oral: « Accidents de surf » ; « surfprévention.com » Lab : « Pourquoi pratique-t-on les sports extrêmes _ José Garcia » Vocab : Les sports, surfprévention.com
Week 2 Grammar MyUni Notes : Les pronoms relatifs Oral: « Insolite » et le fait divers ; Sauvetage d’un marin solitaire Lab : « Pourquoi pratique-t-on les sports extrêmes _ José Garcia » ; Production orale : « Pas de chance ». Vocab : Le fait divers ; Sauvetage en mer
Week 3 Grammar MyUni Notes : Le passif ; Les prépositions Oral : « Mangez sain ! » ; « Donner une définition » Lab : Vidéo : « Les vertus de la banane» Vocab : L’alimentation ; expressions pour donner une définition.
Week 4 Grammar MyUni Notes : Le subjonctif Oral : « Vous habitez chez vos parents ? » « Frigide Barjot expulsée de son logement ». Lab : Lab TEST 1. Vocab : Le logement, Frigide Barjot expulsée
Week 5 GRAM TEST Grammar MyUni Notes : Révision semaine 5 Oral : Grammar TEST 1 in Oral class Lab : Activité de découverte. Les consignes seront distribuées en cours.
Week 6 Grammar MyUni Notes: L’adjectif ; Les connecteurs ; Oral : « Donner son opinion » « Lyon résiste au travail dominical » Lab : Activité de découverte. Vocab : L’ouverture des magasins le dimanche Composition Assign: Le sujet sera communiqué aux étudiants dans le cours de grammaire.
Week 7 Grammar : Les mots interrogatifs ; note sur l’inversion Oral : « La biographie d’Albert Camus » ; La Mobilité des jeunes français en Europe » Lab : Activité de découverte Vocab : « La biographie » ; « La mobilité des jeunes français en Europe »
Week 8 Grammar MyUni: Le discours indirect ; Note sur le futur et le conditionnel Oral : « Testez vos émotions » ; « La Phobie du lundi » Lab : Lab TEST 2. Vocab : La Santé et le moral
Week 9 GRAM TEST Grammar MyUni: Révision semaine 9 Oral : Grammar TEST 2 in Oral Class. Lab : Compréhension « Candidature » ; Vidéo : « Mon métier, c’est ma vie : photographe ». Vocabulaire : Le travail, « Mon métier, c’est ma vie »
Week 10 Grammar MyUni Notes : Les connecteurs (suite) Oral : Présenter des statistiques ; « La dette des étudiants » Labo : « Entretien » ; Vidéo : « Les vrais chiffres de la situation de l’emploi » ; Production orale : présentez des statistiques Vocab : Présentez des chiffres.
Week 11 Grammar MyUni Notes : Les démonstratifs Oral : « Ce qui compte le plus » Lab : Composition TEST in lab. Le sujet proviendra des activités du cours d’oral, semaines 6-10. Vocab : L’équilibre vie professionnelle / vie privée
Week 12 Grammar MyUni Notes : Les pronoms personnels Oral : « Même famille, même métier » ; « Choisir un métier » Lab : Présentez des chiffres - Lab TEST 3. Vocab : « Même famille, même métier » et « Choisir un métier »
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1. Oral presentation Formative Oral Class, Weeks 2 - 12 Weight: 5% LO: 1,2,4
2. Participation in oral class Formative Oral Class, Weeks 1 - 12 Weight: 10% LO: 1,2,4
3. Language Lab tests (x3) Summative Worksheet submitted to teacher at the end of Language Laboratory sessions Weight: 15% LO: 1,2,3,4,5,7
4. Composition assignment Formative Assignment to be submitted before midday, Friday week 6 (300 words). Weight: 10% LO: 1,2,3,4,7
5. Composition test Summative Test completed and submitted in the Lang Lab in week 11 Weight: 10% LO: 1,2,4,7
6. Grammar tests (x2) Summative Tests to take place in Oral expression tutorial, weeks 5, 9 Weight: 20% LO: 1,3,6
7. Written examination Summative Examination period Weight: 30% LO: 1,2,4,6
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