ATS2063 - French intermediate 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

French Studies


Dr Benjamin Andreo

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit requires a language entry level testlanguage entry level test (


In the Language and Culture component of the unit, students will participate in learning activities appropriate to their developing language competence level, 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 and register, and gaining insight into the socio-cultural specificity of contemporary France. In the Specialized Culture component, students 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 met the following objectives in the following areas:

Communicative competence and linguistic knowledge:

  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 understand and use 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:

  7. Acquired a greater critical and evaluative knowledge and understanding of the culture and values of modern and contemporary French society.
  8. Gained a nuanced understanding of how values and culture evolve and their importance for gaining a sense of 'Frenchness'.
  9. Developed a critical understanding of a specific area of study within French studies as a discipline addressing French culture and society.
  10. 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.
  11. Gained the specific skills necessary to deepen and/or broaden that understanding in the future.
  12. 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


ATS1062 or equivalent