Faculty of Arts

Skip to content | Change text size

print version

Monash University

Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Olivier Ammour-Mayeur


Previously coded FRN1020


This unit develops basic language skills (speaking/listening and reading/writing) beyond the level acquired in ATS1061 and provides an introduction to modern French society. It is designed for those with limited knowledge of French. Students will be encouraged to develop appropriate language learning strategies. Regular assessed homework and tests emphasize the continuous nature of language learning and the need for frequent practice. In the Specialized Culture component, students will explore an aspect of French culture and society and develop competence appropriate to their year level in the theory, practices and discourses involved in analysis of it.


Upon completion of this unit students should have met the following objectives in the following areas:
Communicative Competence and linguistic knowledge and skills:

  1. Use the basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills needed to communicate in a range of situations referring to past, present and future: talking about, writing about and understanding others talking about self, family, studies, accommodation, travel and leisure activities
  2. Communicate effectively in French, with a minimum of misunderstandings, in a range of situations in France and Australia e.g. staying with a host family in France, receiving an exchange student in Australia, carrying out everyday tasks such as shopping, eating out, travelling, attending university, etc
  3. Skim read or read in detail straightforward, short texts in French e.g. advertisements, cartoons, brochures, informal correspondence, short newspaper articles or extracts from longer texts
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge of the key structures and the sounds of the French language, e.g. past, present and future tenses, pronouns, articles, adjectives, adverbs 5. Demonstrate a range of vocabulary appropriate to the situations described above; 6. Develop an awareness of different language learning strategies
  5. Adopt learning strategies most appropriate to their preferred learning style
  6. Develop the strategic skills needed to operate effectively in the communicative situations described above.

Socio-cultural awareness:
9. Acquired a greater critical knowledge and understanding of modern and contemporary French society, its culture, values and their evolution
10. Developed a critical understanding of a specific area of study of French Studies as a discipline addressing French culture and society
11. Developed an explicit understanding and more sophisticated competence appropriate to their year level in the theory, practices and discourses involved in analysis of that area of French Studies, and
12. Developed individual and cooperative research skills.


(1) Language and Culture component
Weekly written and aural language homework (800 words): 17%
Class tests: oral, aural and written (1500 words ): 33%
Written language exam (1200 words): 25%
(2) Specialized Culture component
2 Written assignments (1000 words): 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr James Cannon

Contact hours

(1) Language and Culture component:
One 1-hour grammar lecture
One 1 hour writing/grammar workshop
One 2 hour oral/aural tutorial
(2) Specialized Culture component:
One 1-hour lecture

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

French studies


ATS1061 or equivalent


Students who have completed Year 11 French or its equivalent may not take this unit.