FREN401-23S1 (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


A language acquisition course involving advanced work in reading, writing, listening and speaking French.

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

The focus of FREN307-401 is on contemporary glocal issues. In lieu of the common themes found in language textbooks, this course will firstly discuss topics that are prevalent in Christchurch and Aotearoa’s Francophone research communities. 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 and 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.


Subject to approval of the Programme Coordinator.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Antonio Viselli


Eric Mouhica


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Midterm Grammar Test 30 Mar 2023 15%
Oral presentation 25%
Essay 25%
Final test: grammar and comprehension 01 Jun 2023 25%
Participation 10% ongoing

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 $1,990.00

* 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 FREN401 Occurrences

  • FREN401-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023