ATS1061 - French introductory 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

French Studies


Dr Felicity Chaplin

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)


Students who have completed Year 12 French or its equivalent should not take this unit. This unit requires a language entry level testlanguage entry level test (


This unit provides teaching in the basic language skills (speaking/listening/reading/writing) and an introduction to French society. It is designed for students with little or no knowledge of the language. 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 successful completion of this unit students should have met the following objectives: Communicative Competence and linguistic knowledge and skills:

  1. Use the basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills needed to communicate in a limited range of situations referring to the present, future
  2. Talk about, write about and understand others talking about self, family, studies and basic needs
  3. Communicate effectively in French, with a minimum of misunderstandings, in a limited range of situations in France and Australia e.g. carrying out everyday tasks such as shopping, eating out, travelling, attending university
  4. Skim read or read in detail straightforward, short texts in French e.g. advertisements, cartoons, brochures
  5. Demonstrate a knowledge of the basic structures and sounds of the French language e.g. present and near future tenses, articles, adjectives
  6. Demonstrate a knowledge of a range of vocabulary appropriate to the situations described above
  7. Develop an awareness of different language learning strategies
  8. Adopt learning strategies most appropriate to their preferred learning style. Socio-cultural awareness
  9. Acquire a greater critical knowledge and understanding of modern French society, its values and their evolution
  10. Develop a critical understanding of issues of identity in France since the beginning of the 20th century
  11. Develop an explicit understanding and more sophisticated practice of text analysis, especially in relation to film
  12. Develop individual and cooperative research skills.


Within semester assessment: 60% + Exam: 40%

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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