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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 First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Nadine Normand-Marconnet


Previously coded FRN2090


This unit builds on French Studies 7 and 8. Homework prepared under guidance and class tutorials will help students to refine their written and oral proficiency in the areas of exposition and argumentation. Analytical work on documents enables developing critical awareness of the main socio-cultural issues. Level 9 and 10 constitute an excellent preparation for the DALF exam (B2 and C1 units). Students further develop the translation skills acquired in French Studies 7 and 8. In the Specialized Culture component, students 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.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to demonstrate their mastery of:

  1. advanced analytical, expository and argumentative skills in the context of essay writing and oral presentations, and of written compte rendu and rsum activities, and
  2. learning strategies relevant to the translation process and different text types.

In relation to the Specialized Culture component, they should also have met the following objectives in the area of socio-cultural awareness:

  1. Acquired a greater critical knowledge and understanding of modern and contemporary French society, its culture, values and their evolution
  2. Developed a critical understanding of a specific area of study of French Studies as a discipline addressing French culture and society
  3. 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
  4. Developed individual and cooperative research skills.


Language and Culture work:
Tutorial participation: 3%
Written assessments (1500 words): 20%
Translation assessments (500 words): 12%
Listening and reading comprehension assessments: 10%
Oral examination (1000 word equivalent): 15%
Written examination (500 words): 15%
Specialized Culture component:
Written assignments (1000 words): 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Marc Orlando

Contact hours

Language and Culture component:
Two 2-hour language tutorial per week
Specialized Culture component:
One 1-hour lecture (weeks 1-8)
One 1-hour tutorial (weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

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

French studies




ATS3069, ATS4069