Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit, taught entirely in French, is designed to extend students' written and oral competence. While the range of teaching and learning activities in the unit are intended to strengthen students' grasp of French discursive practices and methods of argumentation, they also expand knowledge of contemporary French society and culture. Proficiency should reach Level C of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and thus equip students for the rigors of postgraduate studies in French.

The academic objectives of the unit are to (1) further advance competency in written composition of the French language; (2) develop and strengthen the independent learning and research skills necessary for postgraduate studies; (3) develop skills in reading, analysing and producing different types of discursive texts by exercises in reformulation and paraphrase, textual cohesion and coherence, summarising, synthesising and composition of newspaper articles, book and film reviews and editorials; (4) further students' knowledge of contemporary French society and culture; (5) reflect critically on a wide variety of topical subjects; and (6) bring students' proficiency of oral and written French up to the advanced levels of at least Level C1 of the CEFR.

6 points

Students are able to (1) attain high competency in written French (up to the advanced Level C1 of the CEFR); (2) gain a broader knowledge of discursive structures and practices across a variety of written texts; (3) demonstrate an ability to skillfully produce concise written texts on diverse subjects; and (4) achieve a high level of competency in independent learning and research skills in preparation for possible postgraduate studies in French.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar preparation and participation in discussions; (2) written assignments; and (3) oral presentations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Paul Gibbard
  • 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.