FREN 2212 - French IISB: Language

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

Language training in spoken and written French builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in French IISA: Language. The course will include grammar exercises, written expression, oral expression, reading comprehension, audio-visual tasks and translation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FREN 2212
    Course French IISB: Language
    Coordinating Unit French Studies
    Term Semester 2
    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 2211
    Incompatible FREN 1003 or FREN 2012
    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

    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
    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 is made up of three types of classes:
    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. 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.

    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 of grammar notes/oral expression exercises per week 72 hours per semester
    4 hours revision and assignment preparation per week 48 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1
     Grammar MyUni Notes : Les adverbes
    Oral : Les petits boulots
    Lab : Les émissions de Radio France ; Production orale.
    Vocab : Semaine 1
    Week 2
     Grammar MyUni Notes : Le h français ; Les pronoms personnels (sem. 2)
    Oral : « La construction des verbes d’opinion » ; L’Edito – La terre
    Lab: Les émissions de Radio France & Production orale.
    Vocab : Semaine 2

    Week 3
     Grammar MyUni Notes : Les temps de verbe : le conditionnel ; Les possessifs
    Oral : « Le jeu de la rumeur »
    Lab : Les émissions de Radio France & Production orale.
    Vocab : Semaine 3

    Week 4
     Grammar MyUni Notes : Les reprises ; Les articles
    Oral : « Chronologie : le cas Manu Chao »
    Lab : Les émissions de Radio France & Production orale - Lab TEST 1.
    Vocab : Semaine 4

     Week 5
    Grammar MyUni Notes : Révision Semaine 5.
    Cours de revision dans le cours de mardi/mercredi; test de grammaire dans le cours de jeudi.
    Lab : Activité de découverte en petits groupes – Les nouvelles réformes du gouvernement français. 

    Week 6
     Grammar MyUni Notes : Le passé simple et le roman policier
    Oral : Le Petit chaperon rouge
    Lab : Activité de découverte.
    Composition Assign. Le sujet sera communiqué aux étudiants dans le cours de grammaire : 250 mots.
    Vocab : Les personnages au bord du Titanic
    Week 7
     Grammar MyUni Notes : Le comparatif et le superlatif ; L’apposition
    Oral : « Le portrait »
    Lab : Activité de découverte.
    Vocab : Le portrait

     Week 8
     Grammar MyUni Notes : Les pronoms relatifs composés ; Les temps de verbe - Le futur et le futur antérieur
    Oral : Le graffiti
    Lab : Activité de découverte - Lab TEST 2.
    Vocab : Semaine 8

     Week 9
    TEST (Monday Public Holiday)
    Grammar MyUni Notes : Révision Semaine 9.
    Cours de revision dans le cours de mardi/mercredi; test de grammaire dans le cours de jeudi.
    Lab : Les émissions de Radio-France & Production orale avec Voice Board 

    Week 10
     Grammar MyUni notes : Les négatifs
    Oral : Débattre
    Lab : Les émissions de Radio-France & Production orale avec Voice Board
    Vocab : Semaine 10

     Week 11
     Grammar MyUni notes : Les participes
    Oral : Entraînement à l’examen oral.
    Lab : Composition TEST in Lab. Le sujet proviendra des activités du cours d’oral, semaines 6-8.
    Vocab : Semaine 11

    Week 12
     Grammar Notes MyUni : Le factitif
    Oral : Entraînement à l’examen oral.
    Lab : Les émissions de Radio-France & Production orale - Lab TEST 3.
    Vocab : Semaine 12
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    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Participation Formative and Summative 10% 1,3,4
    3 x language lab tests Formative and Summative 15% 1,3,4,5,7
    Composition assignment Formative and Summative 5% 1,3,4,7
    Composition test Formative and Summative 10% 1,3,4,7
    2 x grammar tests Formative and Summative 20% 1,3,4
    Oral exam Summative 10% 1,2,6
    Written exam Summative 30% 1,3,4,6
    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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