Course Title: French 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: French 2

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1182

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Spring2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Spring2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Spring2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Spring2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Spring2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

LANG1183

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Spring2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Spring2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Spring2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Spring2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Spring2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Chantal Crozet

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2264

Course Coordinator Email: chantal.crozet@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.35

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


LANG 1182/1183 French 2 is open to students who have successfully completed LANG 1167/1176 French 1, as well as those with a very limited experience of the language (up to Year 9-10) or have reached A1/A2 on the CEFR*. Students who studied French to Year 11 or 12 must contact the course coordinator to sit a placement test. This course is not available to students who have completed standard Year 12 French (i.e. 4 or 5 years at high school). Please note that enrolments may be refused on the basis of previous French study or abilities, and enrolment in a different course may be recommended. A student’s enrolment in a course for which s/he holds incompatible qualifications may be cancelled at any time. This cancellation may involve forfeiture of credit, and students may remain liable for course fees.
 

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

It is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite before enrolling in a course. For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at: www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c
 


Course Description

This course is the second of eight consecutive courses in French offered at RMIT University.

The course aims to enhance your oral/aural skills and to further the basic writing and reading skills acquired in French 1, and practical knowledge of Francophone cultures in a wider range of personal and social situations and contexts.

It will provide you with opportunities to apply the language in a variety of situations including information seeking, story-telling and reporting. You will also continue to improve language proficiency in pronunciation, intonation and rhythmic patterns. Written skills will be strengthened by guided short essay writing practice.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Communicate in oral and written French in a range of familiar social contexts, including participating in formal and informal conversations, describe past and future events, experiences and people, and write short passages accurately in basic French applying appropriate grammatical structures
  • Read, interpret and comprehend familiar authentic spoken, written and multimedia French materials
  • Evaluate and begin to apply language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills, and demonstrate independent learning
  • Identify and discuss areas of cultural values and norms in France and contrast them with the Australian context (in English)
  • Describe your own cultural values and norms, and make comparison to French culture, beginning to reflect on and develop your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges

If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to demonstrate higher capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the relationships between culture and language, and cross-cultural communication.

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Communicate effectively in French in a range of forms and in different international and cross-cultural contexts, using appropriate modes of communication including electronic, written, graphic, oral and aural forms
  • Reflect on the role of culture in communication, and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions
  • Access and critically examine a range of resources (including text and electronic) to further your learning in French
  • Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages and cross-cultural communication



Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of structured in class exercises provide opportunities to develop your skills, with emphasis placed on communicative skill building, guided and natural conversations, and hypothetical situations.

Multimedia teaching and learning resources, and readings relating to sociolinguistics and cross-cultural communication issues will be introduced and discussed. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose potential difficulties which may arise in cross-cultural communication.

You will be expected to participate actively in many pair and group activities and to use French as often as possible. Therefore, regular class attendance is important to support your learning.


Overview of Learning Resources

You may need to purchase a prescribed text and a recommended language dictionary. Multimedia teaching and learning resources and tools will also be used, and made available through MyRMIT Studies.


Overview of Assessment

You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester to demonstrate how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and capabilities. Assessment tasks may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks (for example, in-class tests, essays, class presentations, group projects, debates, learning diaries, final exams etc).

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks.

Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional or expanded assessment task.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment