Course Title: French Language and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: French Language and Society

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1272

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

LANG1292

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Kerry Mullan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2264

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

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Level 5, Room 34

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

French 5 or equivalent with coordinator approval.

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 one of two advanced courses taught entirely in French from a total of eight courses in French offered at RMIT University.

The course will build on your existing knowledge of the French language and culture through the study of selected French and francophone literature and by examining a range of topical issues highlighted in the literature being studied. Through the analysis of a range of authentic materials (short stories, novels), you will be able to analyse the social and historical context of France, and some other French speaking countries.

All classes will be delivered in French, and emphasis will be placed on the development of 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 you can continue with further 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 increasingly fluently in both oral and written French on the topics studied
  •  Analyse and discuss a range of authentic materials in French
  •  Demonstrate ongoing independent learning
  • Reflect and debate critically in French on socio-cultural topics.

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.

 


 

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 activities provide opportunities to develop all your language skills (oral/aural/reading/writing) with a particular emphasis on writing skills.

Multimedia resources, and readings relating to socio-cultural topics will be introduced and discussed. You will be expected to participate actively in many pair and group activities and to use only French. Therefore, regular class attendance is essential 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.