ATS2065 - French proficient 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

French Studies


Dr Chris Watkin

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


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


The Language and Culture component of this unit is designed to help students secure knowledge of French syntax through the study of grammar and translation from English to French. It aims to develop their comprehension skills and the capacity to express ideas in both oral and written French, through a range of class activities in which student production is modelled on authentic contemporary documents, both spoken and written. 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 completion of this subject, students should be able to meet the following objectives:

Communicative competence and linguistic knowledge:

  1. Express themselves, both orally and in writing, correctly, fluently and appropriately, on a wide range of topics and in the different contexts studied in the oral and written expression component of the unit which are as follows: situations in which instructions are given or requested, situations in which events are retold and chronological information provided, or refused, situations in which discourse is reported, described or commented upon, situations in which proposals are made and accepted or rejected, situations in which discourse has to be structured logically and hypotheses formulated, situations in which logical arguments are conveyed, accepted or refuted, situations in which information is processed, ideas presented or reported orally, situations in which ideas are presented or reported in writing.
  2. Understand and demonstrate understanding of written, audio and video documents.
  3. Demonstrate explicit competence in French grammar in the areas reviewed.
  4. Demonstrate competence in the use of language reference material.
  5. Demonstrate autonomous learning strategies. Socio-cultural awareness:

  6. Acquired a greater critical knowledge and understanding of modern and contemporary French society, its culture, values and their evolution.
  7. Developed a critical understanding of a specific area of study of French studies as a discipline addressing French culture and society.
  8. 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.
  9. Developed individual and cooperative research skills.


Within semester assessment: 85% + Exam: 15%

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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