FREN321-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

French Language Acquisition: Advanced A

30 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 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 the French language, and it 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, you will have developed good competence in French language:

  • the ability to understand a wide range of sentence structures;
  • a firm understanding of advanced level prose;
  • an understanding of sociolinguistic registers;
  • familiarity with journalistic prose, formal, and informal use of language;
  • developed critical thinking via close-readings, argumentative presentations, and classroom discussions
  • the ability to compose prose using a variety of sentence structures, idiomatic expressions and link words;
  • have acquired versatile skills associated with the level B2 of the Common European Frame of Reference for the French language.
  • a heightened linguistic sensitivity facilitating the acquisition of other non-English languages.

    In addition, you will have acquired:

  • an enhanced intercultural understanding of French and Francophone civilization both within Europe and globally (through history and in relation to current events);
  • 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.

      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.



FREN201, FREN202

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 240
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 241
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Rata 128 Tutorial Room (23/2)
Jack Erskine 241 (1/3-22/3, 26/4-24/5)
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 26 May

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 6
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.

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.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,687.00

International fee $7,900.00

* 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 .

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