University of Technology Sydney

97401 French Language and Culture 1

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UTS: International Studies: International Studies and Languages
Credit points: 8 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

Description

This subject is designed to provide students who have no prior knowledge of the French language with basic reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. It corresponds to Level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages. The subject also facilitates an understanding of and engagement with the sociocultural contexts in which the French language is used. Students develop intercultural understanding and engagement by recognising, exploring, interpreting and moving between the languages and practices of two or more cultures. Students take an active part in collaborative learning activities to practice and consolidate their language skills.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

a. Comprehend and respond to simple texts in oral and written French.
b. Produce simple texts in oral and written French.
c. Demonstrate intercultural awareness across two or more cultural contexts.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (INT = International Studies CILOs):

  • Communicate effectively for everyday and/or professional purposes in an additional language. (INT.3.2)

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject uses a communicative approach in class to maximise students' potential for effective communication in the target language. A series of activities such as interactive activities working in pairs, small and large groups and/or presentations, are promoted in class to enhance students' engagement through content-based learning. Preparation for class activities requires students to complete exercises and reading/listening/viewing activities prior to class to make effective use of resources and subject material (including resources online), community and peer resources available to them to support their learning.

Students are encouraged to customise their learning experience as per the Global French approach to promote their engagement with francophone peoples and societies. This entails keeping in mind their goals for the use of French (for instance studying abroad or travel in a particular country or region) and tailoring their practice and learning to maximize exposure to local variants of the language, relevant cultural norms and authentic materials from the area.

As part of an immersive approach to language education, students are encouraged to use the target language within the classroom environment and to build confidence to use the target language outside the classroom. The approximate time commitment expected from students is 12 hours per week, including class time.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Quizzes

Objective(s):

b and c

Weight: 30%
Length:

Variable

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Mastery of written French 100 b, c INT.3.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Oral skills assessment

Objective(s):

a, b and c

Weight: 30%
Length:

4 minutes.

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Lexical variety and accuracy 25 a, b, c INT.3.2
Grammatical variety and accuracy 25 a, b INT.3.2
Mastery of features of spoken language 25 a, b, c INT.3.2
Interactive communication 25 a, b, c INT.3.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Final exam

Objective(s):

a, b and c

Weight: 40%
Length:

90 minutes

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Comprehension of spoken and written French 60 a, c INT.3.2
Mastery of written French 40 b, c INT.3.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

In order to pass this subject, you must earn an overall total of 50 marks or more for the subject.

Required texts

En avant! Beginning French (Third Edition)

Anderson, B. & Dolidon, A. (2020). En avant! Beginning French (Third Edition). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.

Note: please do not purchase the textbook before the first tutorial. We will explain how to purchase the book during the tutorial.

It is recommended that students bring their textbook to every class meeting. Other essential materials will be distributed in class or posted on Canvas.

Students should also be aware of the Policies and Procedures for Assessment of Coursework Subjects:

https://www.gsu.uts.edu.au/policies/coursework-assessments-policy.html

https://www.gsu.uts.edu.au/policies/coursework-assessments-procedures.html

Recommended texts

Please see the reference list below.

References

GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY

  • Bescherelle, M. (2005). Complete Guide to Conjugating 12000 French Verbs. Paris: Hatier.
  • Grégoire, M. (2018). Grammaire progressive du français (A1 Débutant). Paris: CLE International.
  • Grégoire, M. (2018). Grammaire progressive du français corrigés (A1 Débutant). Paris: CLE International.
  • Miquel, C. (2017). Vocabulaire progressif du français (A1 Débutant). Paris: CLE International.
  • Miquel, C. (2017). Vocabulaire progressif du français corrigés (A1 Débutant). Paris: CLE International.
  • Morton, J. (2013). English Grammar for Students of French. Ann Arbor, MI: Olivia & Hill Press.

DICTIONARY

  • All-New Edition Larousse's French-English English-French Dictionary. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Inc.

Other resources

Instructors post many links to additional resources on Canvas. Students are highly encouraged to make use of these materials for their self-study.