Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Chris Watkin


Previously coded FRN2040


This unit involves students in teaching and learning activities, developing language skills and cultural competence. Students participate in learning activities 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, register and gaining insight into the socio-cultural specificity of contemporary France. Students apply and develop their language skills developing competence in theory, methodology, practices and discourses involved in critical understanding and analysis in the discipline area.


Upon completion of this unit students should have:

  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 developed practical use of aspects of them such as forms of politeness, modes of address in spoken and written French;
  6. Developed their language skills to acquire a greater critical knowledge and understanding of modern and contemporary France and its culture;
  7. Developed an explicit understanding of and competence in the theory, methodology, practices and discourses of an area of French Studies;
  8. Developed learning strategies appropriate to their learning style, reinforcing preferred learning modes and developing other modes;
  9. Developed their research skills.


Continuing assessment (written 1500 words): 35%
Class tests (listening, oral and written): 35%
Examination (oral and written): 30%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Chris Watkin

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture (weeks 1-8)
One 1-hour grammar seminar per week
One 1-hour tutorial per week
One 1-hour tutorial (weeks 2,4,6 and 8, in addition to above)
One two-hour workshop per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

French studies


ATS2063 or equivalent


ATS1064, ATS2062, ATS2066, ATS2068, ATS2070