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Unit Overview


This unit is designed to help WACE Stage 2 students toward achieving Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students are equipped with the necessary language and research skills to be able to study more advanced Level 2 and Level 3 specialist French units. The academic objectives of the unit are to (1) consolidate skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the French language learnt in FREN1403 French Studies 3; (2) increase awareness of intercultural issues using French as an example; (3) increase awareness of the English language and how language works in general; (4) develop independent learning skills; and (5) develop interpersonal skills.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) attain intermediate competency in French, assessed by way of weekly tests and end-of-semester tests; (2) develop oral comprehension and expression skills in the French language at an intermediate level through the use of French in language classes and as a result of regular work at home with the workbook; (3) develop reading comprehension at an intermediate level by studying the passages in the set text used in language classes; (4) write competently at an intermediate level through regular exercises in the composition of standard grammatical structures in language classes and at home with the workbook; (5) develop aural comprehension at an intermediate level by listening to French spoken in language classes and listening exercises that accompany the workbook; (6) achieve an enhanced mastery of English and an increased awareness of how language works in general; (7) develop interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively in pairs and small groups; (8) demonstrate intercultural understanding of French culture by reading and analysing texts in their cultural context; and (9) acquire formal and independent learning skills, resulting from sustained effort and regular practice in class and at home with the textbook and workbook.


This comprises in-class tests, compositions/essays, an oral presentation and participation.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Bonnie Thomas
Unit rules
FREN1403 French Studies 3
Contact hours
lectures: 13 x 1 hr
tutorials: 13 x 2 hrs
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.