FREN 3201 - Upper-Intermediate French A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

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 Upper-Intermediate French A
    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 FREN 2202
    Incompatible FREN 2212 or FREN 3002
    Assumed Knowledge 12 units in French
    Assessment Regular tests, assignments, language examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Nathalie Patterson

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On the completion of Upper-Intermediate French A, students will be able 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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2, 3

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    3, 4, 5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    3, 4, 5, 6, 7

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    4, 6, 7

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    4, 6, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no textbooks for this course.
    All material is posted up on MyUni.
    Students must bring their own earphones or headsets to Language Laboratory classes.
    Recommended Resources

    · For paper dictionaries, the bilingual Collins-Robert French-English English-French Dictionary is suitable because of the large number of explanations and examples it provides.
    · For on-line dictionaries, the Lexilogos webpage contains conventional French-French and French-English dictionaries, as well as a dictionary of slang, synonyms and antonyms, figurative expressions, spelling, conjugations and varieties of French throughout the Francophone world. The urls are

    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. A well-known 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 study the grammar notes 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.
  • 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. In the Weekly folders on MyUni, 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.
    Language laboratory class. Students view videos on general topics in order to improve listening skills. Please note that the Faculty does not provide headsets -- students must bring along their own earphones or headsets 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
    3 hours reading per week 36 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 144 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Specific Course Requirements

    It is a requirement of the course that students attend all classes, whether they are lectures, tutorials, or Language Laboratory sessions. All class-based tasks, whether they be formally assessed or not, must be completed. Exemption from attendance in any given week may be granted by tutors or the course coordinator only for medical reasons or for documented cases of personal hardship. The onus is on students to contact their tutor or the course coordinator, preferably in advance, to explain their absence and to make arrangements to catch up on missed work. If this is not done, it will be assumed that the students concerned are no longer in the course.

    Hurdle requirements
    Students who do not meet the following requirements will be awarded a grade of Fail for the course:
    - a minimum of 80% attendance in seminars, tutorials, workshops and lab classes (considered individually);
    - completion of all tasks worth 10% or more;
    - a minimum of 40% result in the end of semester written examination.

    NB Students who miss a significant in-class test (worth 5% or more of the final grade) on medical or compassionate grounds will be able to re-sit the missed test(s) in Week 13, provided that the appropriate documentation is supplied. The course coordinator will advise students in Week 12 of the date and time of the Week 13 catch-up tests. Tests worth less than 5% will not be redeemable.
  • 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 Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Oral presentation Formative and Summative 5% 1, 2, 4
    First language laboratory test Summative 5% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
    Lab project in small groups Formative and Summative 15% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Second language laboratory listening test Summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
    350 word composition 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
    Final written test Summative 25% 1, 2, 4, 6

    Assessment Detail

    The composition assignment is due by 23.59pm on the Friday of week 6. It must be submitted via MyUni.
    The composition test will be held in the Language Laboratory in Week 12.
    For grammar test weeks (5 & 9), the normal grammar class will be devoted to revision, and the test will be done during the oral class later in the week.


    Presentation of Work
    The composition assignment is to be submitted via MyUni. It should be double spaced and in a font size no less than 12 for greater clarity and to allow room for correction.

    Assignments handed in after the due date will be penalized at the rate of 2% of the total mark per day, up to a maximum of 7 calendar days, after which they will not be accepted at all. These penalties will not apply, however, if an extension has been granted before the due date. Extensions will only be granted on medical grounds (medical certificate required) or in documented cases of hardship. Assignments will not be accepted for marking after the corrected work has been returned to students.

    Marked work will generally be returned to students one or two weeks following submission.

    Given the frequency of assignments and their nature, it is not possible for students to redo and resubmit the piece of work in which their performance was unsatisfactory. This can also cause them to get behind, rather than move on to the next set of exercises and devoting their energies to mastering them.

    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.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.