FREN121-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

French Language Acquisition: Beginners A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This is an introductory course for students who have no previous knowledge of French. It is the first course in a sequence of six French language acquisition courses offered by the Programme.

This course is for those who have no previous knowledge of the French language, or very little. It provides students with knowledge of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary, and an understanding of some everyday French social customs and non-verbal communication.

Students in this course are expected to:
• be prepared to contribute actively in both lectures and tutorials they attend.
• sit the tests required for assessment.

Note on attendance/Te Tae-ā-tinana: Languages are learned by doing, and the tutorial-style sessions in this course are designed to create an atmosphere in which students can try out their language skills on each other. If you do not attend regularly and do not keep up with the work, you will therefore not only be hindering your own progress, but you will also be holding back the other students with whom you are working.

Learning Outcomes

  • As a student in this course you will acquire skills in all four areas of the language (reading, writing, speaking and listening). By the end of the course you should have acquired:

  • Basic knowledge and understanding of French grammar and sentence patterns;
  • Understanding of appropriate everyday expressions and behaviours in context; some basic knowledge of French culture;
  • Basic ability to grammatically analyse and comprehend simple French texts;
  • Ability to conduct basic conversations and communicate effectively, using basic French grammar and expressions in everyday situations (such as greetings, introductions, shopping,
    telling the time, asking directions and ordering food);
  • Ability to write simple sentences;
  • Heightened linguistic sensitivity facilitating the acquisition of other non-English languages;
  • Awareness of some everyday French social customs and non-verbal communication;
  • Knowledge of current affairs in France and the Francophone world in a global context;
  • Awareness of the multicultural and multilingual contexts of France and Francophone countries. These sociolinguistic examples will draw parallels with Aotearoa.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


FREN104, FREN127, FREN120

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 A8 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 315
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 443
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 Jack Erskine 443
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 239
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Jack Erskine 101
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 Jane Soons 603
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 26 May
02 Friday 15:00 - 16:00 Jane Soons 608
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 26 May
03 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Jane Soons 608
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 26 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Eric Mouhica


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Participation in tutorials and lectures 10% Attendance and Mon journal
Quizzes on Learn (5 worth 4% each) 20% Due 11.55pm on Tuesdays
Online homework 10% Due weekly
Mini tests (4 worth 5% each) 20% Due weeks 4,6, 8 and 10
Devoirs (assignments) (2 worth 5% each) 10% Due weeks 5 & 9
Oral test 10% Due week 10
Final in-class test 20% Week 12

Textbooks / Resources

The required material for the course is available via AKO|LEARN and the companion website below is
full of clearly explained grammar points:

FREN121 will cover from the start up to Chapter 6 (inclusive).

Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides:.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All FREN121 Occurrences

  • FREN121-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024