French Language and Culture 3A

Subject 116-035 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours of language classes per week
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Prerequisites: 116-016 French Language & Culture 2B or equivalent.
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Ms Diane de Saint-Leger
Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on written expression through regular compositions, textual analysis and various grammatical exercises. Attention will also be paid to both literary and informal usages of spoken and written French. In addition, the course involves advanced spoken communication and comprehension based on audio-visual materials and in-depth readings of a wide range of texts. The subject will enable students to perform in French a range of communicative activities, both fluently and accurately, and strengthen language skills that are useful or transferable in employment contexts. Various styles and registers are studied. In oral/aural French, students make a formal presentation based on one of the two novels studied in the semester, communicating effectively and correctly both in presentation and in question time. Students will read two novels in French in the course of the semester. The subject may make use of a range of Internet materials.

Assessment: A 1000-word journal 30% (completed throughout semester); one 1500-word essay 25% (due end of semester); a 15-minute oral presentation 25% (due during semester); class participation and debate 20%.
Prescribed Texts: Stupeur et tremblements (A Nothomb), Albin Michel 1999 Beni ou le paradis prive (A Begag), Editions du seuil 1989
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Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • time management and planning - through managing and organizing workloads for required and recommended reading, essay and assignment completion and revision for examinations.

  • research -through frequent and systematic use of the library and other information sources, the definition of areas of inquiry and familiarisation with research methods;

  • critical thinking and analysis - through required and recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by assessing the strength of arguments;

  • thinking in theoretical and analytical terms - through lectures, tutorial discussion, essay writing and engagement in the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences;

  • understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world - through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of French culture, and by formulating arguments;

  • communicating knowledge intelligibly and economically - through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;


Students who have completed 116-035 French III: Language A may not enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Modern Languages (French)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (French)

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