Course Title: French 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: French 4

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1196

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

LANG1197

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Kerry Mullan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2264

Course Coordinator Email: kerry.mullan@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: B37, L5, Room 34


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

LANG 1196/1197 French 4 is open to students who have successfully completed LANG 1186/1187 French 3 or who have completed 2 years of ab initio (beginner) French at high school. Students who have had approximately 140 hours of French tuition in another institution and have reached an intermediate level (A2/B1 on the CEFR*) may be allowed to enrol in the course but only after a placement test. If you have completed Year 12 French, please contact the course coordinator to request a placement test. 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 fourth of eight consecutive courses in French offered at RMIT University.

Through diverse learning activities in this course you will further develop your communication skills in a wider range of personal and social situations. All classes will be delivered in French and greater emphasis will be placed on the reading of Francophone literary extracts and developing more advanced writing skills.

Multimedia and interactive materials will be applied to teaching and learning, through which you will be introduced to some contemporary issues and historical context of the Francophone world.

Student-centred language practice and communicative activities encourage you to be responsible for your own learning, and critical in your communication with people from different cultures.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written French in most social contexts, including giving and following commands, describing feelings and emotions and a range of hypothetical situations
  • Analyse and comprehend authentic spoken, written and multimedia French materials, including French spoken at normal speed by a variety of native speakers
  • Effectively employ language learning strategies and techniques to further develop your language skills, and demonstrate independent learning
  • Reflect on aspects of contemporary French society and the relationship between culture and language
  • Reflect on and debate your own cultural values and norms, and make comparison to French culture, further developing 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 only French. 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