Course Title: French 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: French 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Alexis Bergantz

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 992 58203

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.26

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Knowledge

LANG1426 French 2 is open to students who have successfully completed LANG1176/LANG1408 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 students may be instructed to vary their enrolment in accordance with RMIT’s Enrolment Processes.

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages 

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

This course will complement the RMIT capabilities you are developing in your program.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. 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  
  2. Read, interpret and comprehend familiar authentic spoken, written and multimedia French materials  
  3. Evaluate and begin to apply language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills, and demonstrate independent learning  
  4. Identify, analyse and discuss areas of cultural values and norms in France and the Francophone world and contrast them with the Australian context (in French and English) 
  5. Describe and critically present your own cultural values and norms, beginning to reflect on and develop your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges 

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

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

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 our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: In-class test 1 (10%); In-class test 2 (10%) CLO1, CLO2 

Assessment Task 2: Oral assignment, (20%), CLO1, CLO2 

Assessment Task 3: Contribution to peer-learning including reflective task (10%), CLO1, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5. 

Assessment Task 4: Final oral task (20%) CLO1, CLO2 ; Final listening and written task (30%), CLO1, CLO2, CLO4, CLO5. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.