Faculty of Arts

Monash University

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Joseph Minga


French and Francophone Studies 1 teaches students basic French language skills(speaking/listening/reading/writing). It also introduces students to Francophone African cultures. The unit is designed for students with very little or no knowledge of the French language. In the language section of the unit, students are regularly assessed through homework and class tests designed to highlight the continuous nature of language learning and the need for frequent practice. The specialised African Francophone cultural component will provide a medium through which not only the language,but also African societies, their histories (colonial and postcolonial) are taught within the context of culture.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should have met the following objectives:

  1. The capacity to use basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills required to communicate in French in a limited set of situations: Discuss, write

about and understand others talking in French about issues such as self familyand to convey basic needsas they relate to everyday tasks such as ordering a meal when eating out, negotiating transport and shopping.

  1. The ability to read short texts.
  2. Demonstrate their knowledge of the basic structures and sounds of the French language such as. present and near future tenses, articles, adjectives, pronouns, and so on
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of vocabulary appropriate to communicating in the situations described above.
  4. Be aware of different language learning strategies.
  5. Demonstrate socio-cultural awareness:

Acquire knowledge which will help students understand and appreciate the importance of Africa, its culture, literature and local history including the diaspora.

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of issues of aspects of language and culture such as race , identity and violence.
  2. Develop and demonstrate an understanding of literature, film, and other cultural texts as fused into the colonial and postcolonial studies as they relate to Francophome African history.
  3. Develop research skills.


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 Written assignments (1000 words): 25%

Chief examiner(s)

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

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