French Intermediate Cultural Studies

Subject 670-226 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours of language seminars each week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week , 7 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Completion of French Intermediate Language & Culture A or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Ms Diane De Saint Leger


Ms Diane de Saint-Leger
Subject Overview: This subject aims to help students transfer their adult reading skills from their native language to French, in order to be able to use French written sources for the same purpose as they use written sources in their own language. These purposes may be reading for information, reading for specialised study (literature, history, philosophy), reading for pleasure. This subject aims first and foremost to enable students to develop effective and appropriate reading strategies such that they become independent and successful readers.
Objectives: Students who successfully complete this subject should:
  • Be able to use their knowledge of French to read confidently and independently;
  • Be able to read two long texts in French fluently, without recourse to translation;
  • Learn to use their French reading skills to build up contextual information about what they are reading; this includes learning to use monolingual dictionaries and encyclopedias;
  • Develop their capacity for reading implicit and explicit levels of written discourse;
  • Be able to integrate their knowledge about France and its recent history in their use of the language.
Assessment: Regular take-home and class exercises totalling 3000 words 60%, a two-hour final examination 40% (during examination period).
Prescribed Texts:
  • Le Coeur à rire et à pleurer (Condé M.) Poche, 2001
  • Micro Robert (Dictionnaire)
  • Au revoir les enfants (Malle, Louis) Gallimard, 1987
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • develop effective and critical reading skills,
  • time management and planning,
  • critical thinking and analysis,
  • and attention to detail.
Notes: Students commencing French at Intermediate level may only enrol in this subject at first year level. Students who have completed 116-011 Intermediate French Language B may not enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (French)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: French
French Major

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