Graduate French B

Subject FREN90004 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours (2 hours of seminars for 12 weeks for more proficient students) or 48 hours (4 hours of seminars for 12 weeks for less proficient students). Student proficiency is determined by placement testing.
Total Time Commitment:

140 hours


FREN90003 Graduate French A or students will be required to take an online placement test prior to enrolling.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Veronique Duche


Professor Véronique Duché-Gavet


Subject Overview:

The aim of this subject is to develop French language abilities, both oral and written, for graduate students. Students will have the opportunity to learn idiomatic and formal features of the language, and apply their abilities to the analysis of a range of complex issues within the French-speaking world. Students will be placed in an appropriate stream of language study, or a customised course, according to their background and proficiency needs within the subject.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this subject, depending on entry level, students should have:

  • developed a more advanced use of idiomatic and conversational forms of German and a greater capacity to use them freely;
  • developed a high level of proficiency in written structures of sophisticated complexity and the capacity to use them freely, confidently and with few errors;
  • mastered the ability to interpret messages of different registers and degrees of formality, including those occurring in a variety of audiovisual media and individual and group spoken forms;
  • the ability to discuss and critically analyse with confidence social, political, cultural and historical issues in the French-speaking world;
  • developed a set of flexible and transferable linguistic skills for different types of professional contexts;
  • deepened their cultural knowledge of French and Francophone culture.
  • 1 reflective journal (equivalent to 1,000 words) ongoing, due end of semester (20%)
  • One of the following assessment combinations totalling 80% to be determined after placement test and in consultation with the coordinator:

    • 1 oral presentation (10 minutes, equivalent to 1,000 words) during semester [20%]
    • 1 research project (3,000 words) due in the examination period [60%]


    • One 1-hour Written Test (equivalent to 750 words) due during semester [15%]
    • One Continuous Written Assignment throughout semester (equivalent to 500 words) [10%]
    • One 10-minute Oral Presentation during semester (equivalent to 750 words) [20%]
    • Two 1-hour Listening Tests (equivalent to 1000 words) during semester [15%]
    • One 2-hour Final Exam (equivalent to 1000 words) during the examination period [20%]


    • Two written and oral comprehension tests due in Weeks 4 and 8 equivalent to 1500 words [25%]
    • A 10-minute oral test in Week 10 equivalent to 500 words [15%]
    • A group project in Weeks 9-12 equivalent to 500 words [15%]
    • A two hour written examination during the examination period (1500 words) [25%]


    • In-class oral presentations equivalent to 1000 words throughout semester [25%]
    • In-class written work - dissertation equivalent to 750 words due mid-seemster [15%]
    • Debate on a contemporary aspect of conversation equivalent to 750 words in the final three weeks of semester [15%]
    • A research project on a historical aspect of conversation equivalent to 1500 words due in the examination period [25%]
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have-

  • developed effective oral communication skills in a Language Other Than English (LOTE) through class participation and presentations
  • developed public speaking skills and confidence in oral expression in a LOTE
  • developed the ability to process information in a LOTE and to communicate it
  • developed the capacity to think theoretically and analytically about language forms, structures and use.
  • developed effective time management and planning skills
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Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Modern Languages - 100 Point Program

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