FREN321-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

French Language Acquisition: Advanced A

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


This is the fifth course in a sequence of six French language acquisition courses.

This course is an introduction to different aspects of French civilisation to further students’ understanding of French language through the study of civilization, and includes advanced grammar, advanced reading, discussions and listening comprehension.

The aims are to improve students’ competence and accuracy in reading, writing, speaking and comprehension of French language and understanding of civilisation at advanced level B; to immerse students in authentic French at an advanced level; to improve students’ passive and active accurate knowledge of vocabulary, and understanding, by using the French language; to improve students’ grammar through the writing of essays, conversations and ateliers.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students will have developed good competence in French language:
1. The ability to understand a wide range of sentence structures;
2. A firm understanding of advanced level prose;
3. An understanding of sociolinguistic registers;
4. Familiarity with journalistic prose, formal, and informal use of language;
5. Developed critical thinking via close-readings, argumentative presentations, and classroom discussions
6. The ability to compose prose using a variety of sentence structures, idiomatic expressions and link words;
7. Have acquired versatile skills associated with the level B2 of the Common European Frame
of Reference for the French language.
8. A heightened linguistic sensitivity facilitating the acquisition of other non-English languages.

In addition, they will have acquired:
9. An enhanced intercultural understanding of French and francophone civilization both within Europe and globally (through history and in relation to current events);
10. A more general sensitivity to cultural diversity in a global context, as well as the politics of language and biculturality (for example, in relation to minority languages and cultures in France, and in relation to 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.

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.



FREN201, FREN202

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Antonio Viselli


Eric Mouhica


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Homework assignments 21% Best 3 of 4, each worth 7%, due throughout the semester
Grammar quizzes online (9) 9% Due throughout the semester
Varied exercises online (10) 13% Due throughout the semester
Expose 12% Week 7
Oral test (online/face to face) 11% Week 11
Final test (reading) 12% Week 12
Final test (writing/listening) 12% Week 12
Course contribution 10% Throughout the semester

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Vercollier, A. et al.,; Difficultés expliquées du français for English Speakers ; CLE International,, 2004.

There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course.  

Additional material for homework and/or self-learning is available on the computers in the Logie 214 Language Lab, open for students in the Department Fridays 3-5pm. You can work there on your own when they are not booked for regular classes.

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

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,597.00

International fee $7,200.00

* 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 FREN321 Occurrences

  • FREN321-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022