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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

French Studies


Dr Patrick Durel



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit requires a language entry level testlanguage entry level test (http://www.monash.edu/arts/language-entry-level/).


This unit involves students in teaching and learning activities equally developing language skills and cultural competence. Activities equip students with advanced comprehension and production skills. Oral work focuses on expository techniques. Written tasks involve essay writing. Listening and writing production activities develop advanced skills required to produce accounts of radio or TV news and current affairs programmes. Students develop advanced language skills and competence in the theory, research methodology and practices, and discourses involved in sophisticated critical enquiry, understanding and analysis in an area of French studies, working under guidance to define and write a research essay.


Upon completion of this unit students should have:

  1. Reinforced their ability to communicate and interact efficiently in French both in oral and written form by using appropriate techniques of exposition;
  2. Developed reading comprehension and oral skills enabling them to communicate the main points contained in a newspaper, reformulating, structuring and explaining its content;
  3. Acquired listening comprehension and writing skills to produce a report presenting the information contained in radio or TV current affairs programmes of up to 12mn duration;
  4. Furthered their morpho-syntactic and stylistic competence, expanding their knowledge of French grammar and their awareness of differences between French and English syntax through systematic use of a French reference grammar;
  5. Become familiar with the use of software programs and electronic tools such as a grammar assistant, a bilingual electronic dictionary, an online French dictionary;
  6. developed advanced knowledge and understanding of aspects of modern and contemporary France and its culture, and a developed understanding of and competence in the theory, research methodology, practices and discourses of an area of French studies;
  7. acquired the advanced language skills involved in developing critical enquiry and analysis and expressing outcomes and understandings in the framework of a research essay;
  8. developed individual and cooperative research skills including transferable research skills in accordance with the Research Skill Development Framework.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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