FREN1401 French Studies 1

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the FRNHB French Studies major sequence
  • Level 1 elective
Content
This unit offers an introduction to French grammar and vocabulary to allow students to communicate orally and in writing in simple situations. It develops cultural and linguistic awareness and focuses on contemporary spoken and written language used in France and other French-speaking countries.Students achieve language proficiency equivalent to Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

This unit leads to FREN1402 French Studies 2. Together, FREN1401 and FREN1402 provide access to Level 2 and Level 3 French units, which not only increase language competency but offer the opportunity to further engage with French history and culture, including literature, film and contemporary society, and to take advantage of a range of exchange opportunities, including short-term stays in Noumea or Paris.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) develop elementary skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the French language; (2) be familiar with sociolinguistic conventions in French; (3) have an elementary knowledge of culture and society in French-speaking countries; (4) develop independent learning skills and interpersonal skills; and (5) have an increased awareness of language and language use in both French and English.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class and online exercises and (2) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Bonnie Thomas (Semester 1) and Sabine Kuuse (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Incompatibility:
WACE French FRE 2A/2B or higher; FREN1101 French Beginners I
Contact hours
lectures: 1 x 1 hour per week (over 12 weeks); language classes: 3 x 1 hour per week (over 12 weeks) (the language classes involve a mix of formal instruction by the tutor, class discussions and group and pair work on linguistic and cultural issues)
Note
This unit is designed for students who have no previous knowledge or only a slight knowledge of French. Students who have studied French to WACE level or its equivalent cannot be admitted and should consult the unit coordinator regarding the appropriate unit for enrolment. Students with some knowledge of the language should consult the Convener of French.
  • 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.