FREN 3201 - French IIIA: Language

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites 12 units in French, including FREN 2202
    Incompatible FREN 2212 or FREN 3002
    Assessment regular tests, assignments, language examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Poiana

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This 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)
    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
    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
    2, 3
    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
    3, 4, 5
    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, 7
    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
    4, 6, 7
    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, 6, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no textbooks for this course.
    Students must bring their own headsets with microphones to all Language Laboratory classes.
    Recommended Resources
    Grammar 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 Learning
    The 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 Modes
    The course has three types of classes.
    Written Workshop or Seminar. Students learn a complete grammar syllabus using 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.

    3 hours of classes per week 36 hours per semester
    6 hours preparation/assignment work per week 72 hours per semester
    4 hours reading per week 48 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 Grammar MyUni Notes : Les temps du passé Oral: « Accidents de surf » ; « surfpré » Lab : « Pourquoi pratique-t-on les sports extrêmes _ José Garcia » Vocab : Les sports, surfpré

    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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    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Attendance and participation in oral classes Formative and Summative 5% 1, 2, 4
    Oral presentation Formative and Summative 5% 1, 2, 4
    3 x language laboratory tests Summative 15% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
    300 word composite assignment Formative and Summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
    Composition test Summative 10% 1, 2, 4, 7
    2 x grammar tests Summative 20% 1, 3, 6
    Written exam Summative 35% 1, 2, 4, 6
    Assessment Detail
    Information available upon enrolment.
    Information 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.

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