Course Title: French Language in Context

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: French Language in Context

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1273

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

LANG1293

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2014,
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: Building 37.05.35

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.

In this course you will continue to study different aspects of French language and Francophone cultures through a range of authentic written and multimedia materials.

You will extend your communicative competency in French to an advanced level of proficiency, and will gain an enhanced knowledge of the structure and grammar of French through the practice of translation. Emphasis will be placed on the further development of your oral and written skills.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Debate topical social issues in contemporary French speaking cultures with limited or no preparation of the topic using an advanced level of French
  • Communicate confidently and fluently in both oral and written French on a diverse range of topics
  • Analyse and critique the use of the French language in a diverse range of authentic spoken and written multimedia materials
  • Apply a wide range of language learning strategies you have acquired, and demonstrate independent learning
     

In this course you will develop the following Diploma of Languages program capabilities:

  • 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 life long learning of languages

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.
 



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 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.

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