Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitFrench Studies
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Benjamin Andreo


The unit requires a language placement test. For further information go to http://arts.monash.edu.au/placement-tests/french.php


This unit involves students in teaching and learning activities, developing language skills and cultural competence. Students participate in learning activities involving a variety of theme-based activities, developing more sophisticated speaking, writing and reading and aural comprehension skills; acquiring explicit grammar competence and awareness of discourse, register and gaining insight into the socio-cultural specificity of contemporary France. In the Specialized Culture Component Sstudents will explore an aspect of French culture and society and develop expertise appropriate to their year level in the theory, practices and discourses that continue to shape French culture.


Upon completion of this unit students should have:

  1. Consolidated and improved their existing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills so as to be able to communicate effectively in an increased range of situations and on a wider range of themes including self, family, study, work and leisure, their own and French society, history, and cultural values;
  2. Developed language skills in relation to exposition and argument in a number of contexts such as casual debate, formal pressing of a petition, letter-writing, formulating a written petition;
  3. Developed information seeking skills in the form of more advanced reading skills, more advanced questioning and interview skills, writing letters and emails to request information;
  4. Developed increased explicit grammatical knowledge, empowering the student as an autonomous learner, and explicit awareness of discourse structure and register;
  5. Understood the cultural specificity of certain features of communicative practices in French and developed practical use of aspects of them such as forms of politeness, modes of address in spoken and written French;
  6. Developed learning strategies appropriate to their learning style, reinforcing preferred learning modes and developing other modes.

Socio-cultural awareness:

  1. Acquired a greater critical and evaluative knowledge and understanding of the culture and values of modern and contemporary French society.
  2. Gained a nuanced understanding of how values and culture evolve and their importance for gaining a sense of 'Frenchness'.
  3. Developed a critical understanding of a specific area of study within French studies as a discipline addressing French culture and society.
  4. 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.
  5. Gained the specific skills necessary to deepen and/or broaden that understanding in the future.
  6. Developed individual transferrable research skills in accordance with the Research Skill Development Framework.


Within semester assessment: 80%
Exam: 20%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


ATS2063 or equivalent