FREN122-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

French Language Acquisition: Beginners B

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This is the second course in a sequence of six French language acquisition courses offered by the Programme. Students without the formal prerequisite, but with some previous knowledge of French should consult the Programme Director to determine which course is the most appropriate.

This course is the second of two introductory courses for students who have no previous knowledge of French. It is the second course in a sequence of six French language acquisition courses offered by the department. FREN122 is for advanced beginners or for people who have done a relatively minimal amount of French at school (year 10-11). It is NOT for students who have done four or more years of French at school. This course leads into FREN221.

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;

    This course will also address key attributes of the UC Graduate Profile:

  • Have competence to use their knowledge of the French language in many situations;
  • Be enterprising in developing their language skills;
  • Understand the place of other international languages in the cultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand;
  • Acknowledge the community role of French in a land of many tourists, students and immigrants;
  • Be aware of the global reach of the French language in and beyond the many nations of la Francophonie.
    • 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.


FREN121, or
NCEA Level 2 French, or
placement test.


FREN112, FREN218

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Eric Mouhica


Lydia Ainsworth


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Minor tests (4) 20% Refer to timetable
Assignments (3) 15% Refer to timetable
Online quizzes (10) & Homework (8) 25% From week 3 to week 10
Oral test (1) 10% Week 8
Final test 20% Week 12
Contribution & Journal 10% Due weekly - 5% each

Textbooks / Resources

The required textbook is Fran├žais Interactif. It is available online, and we recommend that you download several chapters at a time. The website is

The companion website, full of clearly explained grammar points, is
FREN122 will cover Chapter 7 until Chapter 13.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* 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 FREN122 Occurrences

  • FREN122-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023