Course Title: French 5

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: French 5

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1249

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

LANG1250

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Julien Chartier

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 0428

Course Coordinator Email: julien.chartier@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.27B

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

LANG 1249/1250 French 5 is open to students who have successfully completed LANG 1196/1197 French 4 or who have completed Year 12 French. Students who have had approximately 180 hours of French tuition in another institution and have reached an upper intermediate level (B1 on the CEFR*) may be allowed to enrol in the course but only after a placement test. (Please contact the course coordinator to organise this.) 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 fifth of eight consecutive courses in French offered at RMIT University.

The course will build on your existing knowledge of the French language and culture by engaging with film and multimedia and by examining a range of topical social issues. Through the analysis of a wide range of authentic materials (interviews, newspaper articles, songs) which discuss these themes, you will be given the opportunity to reflect on some social issues in contemporary France, and to apply these to the Australian context.

All classes will be delivered in French, and emphasis will be placed on the development of oral fluency and aural competency, as well as your written ability in the French language.

You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning and to build on your knowledge to a level where learning can continue in further study or self-directed learning. The course will equip you with further knowledge for cross-cultural situations within the framework of language and associated non-verbal communication.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written French on familiar topics in most social and vocational contexts
  • Reflect on and begin to use a variety of registers in the French language appropriately in a range of familiar contexts
  • Evaluate and debate some topical social issues in contemporary French culture (e.g. the question of French identity), in French
  • Discuss a range of authentic spoken and written materials in French, including film and multimedia
  • Use the language learning strategies you have acquired, and demonstrate independent learning
  • Debate areas of cultural values and norms in French speaking countries and contrast them with the Australian context

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.
 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc 

 An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf

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 your Program Director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.