FREN 2211 - French IISA: Language

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

Language training in spoken and written French builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in first year. The course will include grammar exercises, written expression, oral expression, discourse analysis and translation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FREN 2211
    Course French IISA: 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 FREN 1012
    Incompatible FREN 1003 or FREN 2011
    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)
    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
  • 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
    · The bilingual Collins-Robert French-English English-French Dictionary is the best available because of the large number of explanations and examples it provides.

    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.

    · The French Research Librarian in the Barr-Smith Library, Jennifer Osborn maintains a page of useful links for students of French. The url is
    · 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 url is
    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 for the grammar tests. Students will use MyUni also in the Language Laboratory, particularly the Voice Board and Voice Presentation software.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    There are three contact hours per week.
    Written Workshop or Seminar. Students learn a complete grammar syllabus using the grammar notes posted on MyUni.
    Oral Tutorial. The focus is on student participation in discussion. Discussion topics are drawn principally from newspaper and magazine websites.
    Language laboratory class (LAB 01). Students listen to recorded dialogues and French radio podcasts, and view videos on general topics in order to improve their listening skills. They also record their oral responses to the topics presented in the lab.

    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)
    36 hours

    6 hours preparation of grammar notes and oral expression exercises (x 12)
    72 hours

    3 hours revision and assignment preparation each week (x 12)
    36 hours

    Total = 144
    Learning Activities Summary
    Semester 1

    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
    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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    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
    Participation Formative and Summative 10% 1, 2, 4
    3 x language lab tests Formative and Summative 15% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
    300 word composition assignment Formative and Summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
    Composition test Formative and Summative 10% 1, 2, 4, 7
    2 x grammar tests Formative and Summative 20% 1, 3, 6
    Written exam Summative 30% 1, 2, 4, 6
    Assessment Detail
    Information will be available upon enrolment.
    Information will be 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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