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FRN2020 - French studies 2

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Sally Staddon


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2009 (Day)


This unit develops basic language skills (speaking/listening and reading/writing) beyond the level acquired in FRN2010 and provides an introduction to modern French society. It is designed for those with limited knowledge of French. 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 develop explicit text analysis skills in exploring the role film has played in the culture war involving national memory of WWII Occupation and Resistance and thereby issues of conflicted national identity.


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 range of situations referring to past, present and future: talking about, writing about and understanding others talking about self, family, studies, accommodation, travel and leisure activities.
  2. Communicate effectively in French, with a minimum of misunderstandings, in a range of situations in France and Australia e.g. staying with a host family in France, receiving an exchange student in Australia, carrying out everyday tasks such as shopping, eating out, travelling, attending university, etc.
  3. Skim read or read in detail straightforward, short texts in French e.g. advertisements, cartoons, brochures, informal correspondence, short newspaper articles or extracts from longer texts.
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge of the key structures and the sounds of the French language, e.g. past, present and future tenses, pronouns, articles, adjectives, adverbs.
  5. Demonstrate a range of vocabulary appropriate to the situations described above.
  6. Develop an awareness of different language learning strategies.
  7. Adopt learning strategies most appropriate to their preferred learning style.
  8. Develop the strategic skills needed to operate effectively in the communicative situations described above.
Socio-cultural awareness:
  1. Acquire a greater critical knowledge and understanding of modern French society, its values and their evolution.
  2. Develop a critical understanding of issues of identity in France in the post-war period.
  3. Develop an explicit understanding and more sophisticated practice of text analysis, especially in relation to film.
  4. Develop individual and cooperative research skills.


Weekly written and aural language homework: 17%
Class tests (oral, aural and written): 33%
Written language exam: 25%
Research project (Specialized Culture component ): 25%

Contact hours

5 hours (two 1-hour lectures and three 1-hour tutorials) per week


FRN2010 or equivalent


Students enrolled in Arts courses or in FRN1020 are prohibited from taking this unit. In addition, students who have completed Year 11 French or its equivalent may not take this unit.

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