FREN307-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Advanced French Seminar

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course is the final course in a suite of French-language acquisition courses, which prepares students for a C1 level of French under the Common European Framework of Reference. This course combines a seminar format and grammar classes/workshops, in which students acquire advanced proficiency in all aspects of language competency. The focus of this course is on balancing local and global linguistic, cultural and socio-political aspects of the French language in contemporary Aotearoa and throughout the Francosphere.

This course is the final course in a suite of French-language acquisition courses, destined for students pursuing Honours French, Masters French, as well as MATI.

The focus of FREN401 is on contemporary global issues. In lieu of the common themes found in language textbooks, this course will firstly discuss topics that are prevalent in Christchurch’s Francophone community. There are researchers from French-speaking countries who engage in an array of topical and even urgent interdisciplinary issues. In seminar format, these external guests will present their research, and students will read texts of various genres in order to prepare for discussions with these specialists. This is an opportunity to engage with professionals from multiple spheres in French, and to further one’s proficiency through technical and academic documents. Furthermore, students will prepare seminars based on newspaper articles of their choosing from different French-speaking countries (based on dates), the goal being to focus as much as possible on contemporary issues. Students will gain linguistic, cultural, and professional experience in this capstone course.

Learning Outcomes

  • This course prepares students according to the UC’s graduate attributes in the following ways:

  • Competent in a Core Discipline as well as Employable, Innovative and Enterprising: students will gain professional and transferable skills pertaining to advanced language learning, particularly in a vast array of disciplines, spanning the environmental sciences, linguistics, political sciences, and law, to name a few.
  • Biculturally Competent and Confident: students will discuss topics related to indigeneity and  colonialism, particularly in the Francosphere. Comparisons will be drawn between these contexts and Aotearoa.
  • Engaged with the Community: this course is designed to engage with the French-speaking community in Christchurch.
  • Globally Aware: Foreign language learning, at its very core, is an international and multicultural discipline. Students will further intercultural competence.
    • 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.

      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.


FREN322 or equivalent; or approval by Head of Programme.


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Antonio Viselli


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Mid-term Grammar Test 15% Mid-term Grammar Test
Oral Presentation (Seminar) 25% Oral Presentation (Seminar)
Essay 25% Essay
Final Test: Grammar and Comprehension 25% Final Test: Grammar and Comprehension
Participation 10% Participation

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Maurice Grevisse; Exercices: Exercices de grammaire française et corrigé ; de boeck / duculot, 2010.

Maurice Grevisse, Marc Lits; Le Petit Grevisse: Grammaire française ; 2010; de boeck / duculot.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,641.00

International fee $7,500.00

* 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 FREN307 Occurrences

  • FREN307-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023