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French Studies 3 (FREN2403, SEM-1, 2013, Crawley)

Faculty of Arts


Unit Outline

French Studies 3


SEM-1, 2013

Campus: Crawley

Unit Coordinator: Dr Paul Gibbard

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Unit details

Unit title French Studies 3
Unit code FREN2403 Credit points 6
Availability SEM-1, 2013 (25/02/2013 - 22/06/2013)
Location Crawley Mode On-campus

Contact details

Faculty Faculty of Arts
School Humanities
School website http://www.humanities.uwa.edu.au/
Unit coordinator Dr Paul Gibbard
Email paul.gibbard@uwa.edu.au
Consultation hours Mondays 1pm-1:45pm; 4pm-5pm; Tuesdays 1pm-1:45pm; 3pm-4pm; Thursdays 3pm-4pm; or by appointment
NamePositionEmailTelephone Number
Gary D. MoleAssociate Prof.gary.mole@uwa.edu.au6488 2172
Laura GrayHonours Student, Language Assistant20266879@student.uwa.edu.au
Tutors/ Demonstrators/ Facilitators
Unit contact hours

3 hours per week, over 13 weeks

Lectures: 1 x 1 hr per week--Grammar

Tutorials (Class 1): 1 x 1 hr per week--Language

Tutorials (Class 2): 1 x 1 hr per week--Cultural Studies


OPTIONAL conversation classes are available from Week 2:

Tuesday 3pm-4pm

Thursday 11am-12pm.

Please contact Laura Gray, Arts 2.43

Online handbook http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/units/unitdetails?code=FREN2403
Unit website http://units.handbooks.uwa.edu.au/units/fren/fren2403

Unit rules

Prerequisites FREN1402 French Studies 2 or FREN1102 French Beginners II
Advisable prior study
Incompatibility FREN2203 French Intermediate I
Approved quota

Unit description

This language unit is designed for students who have completed FREN1402 French Studies 2. It further improves students' grammar and vocabulary, develops cultural and linguistic awareness and focuses on contemporary spoken and written language used in France and other French-speaking countries. Students also study literary extracts by influential writers to gain a deeper understanding of French and francophone language and culture. The unit leads to FREN2404 French Studies 4.

Learning outcomes

Students have attained (1) intermediate competency in French, assessed by way of in-class tests, compositions and role-plays; (2) 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 set texts; (3) reading comprehension at an intermediate level by studying the passages in the set texts (literary and non-literary sources); (4) written competency at an intermediate level through regular exercises in the composition of standard grammatical structures; (5) enhanced mastery of English and an increased awareness of how language works in general (acquisition of metalinguistic skills); (6) highly developed interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively in pairs and small groups; (7) intercultural understanding of French society and culture by reading and analysing texts in their historical, social and cultural context; and (8) formal and independent learning skills, resulting from sustained effort and regular practice in class and at home with set texts and accompanying learning material. Students who pass this unit have achieved Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Unit structure








27 February



--Présent des verbes réguliers et irréguliers (2-3, 11-12, 48-50, 58)


Comment saluer, se présenter et prendre congé (6-10)

Polly Platt, Ils sont fous, ces Français (38-41)


5   March


--Expressions de temps (19-20)

--Les noms (22-25)


Comment demander ou offrir un service (28-32)

Annie Ernaux, Père et fille en voyage   (41-45)


12   March


--Le conditionnel (32-34)

Dissertation: Comment écrire une introduction


Baudelaire, “Le Voyage"


19   March


Test de vocabulaire (46)

--Les articles (définis, indéfinis et partitifs) et expressions de quantité (50-52, 68-70)


Comment inviter ; comment accepter ou refuser une invitation (53-57)

L’Express, « Les immigrants à l’école du Français » (84-86)


26   March


--Les mots interrogatifs (52, 74)

--Les pronoms interrogatifs (77-78)


Comment poser des questions et répondre (73-77)

Calixthe Beyala, Le Petit prince de Belleville (87-89)


2 April


--Quel et lequel (79-81)

Dissertation: Comment écrire un développement


Évaluation :   Compréhension écrite




Study Break




16   April


Test de vocabulaire (90-91)

--C’est / il est (104-106)

--Les pronoms possessifs (106-107)


Comment identifier les objets et les personnes (99-103)

Ciné Bravo : On s’embrasse (92-94)


23 April



--L’adjectif qualificatif et sa position (96-97, 114, 116-117)

--Les verbes pronominaux (97-98, 123-125)


Comment décrire la routine quotidienne et les rapports de famille (119-124)

NO CLASSES FOR TD-Culture 25 April (Anzac Day)


30   April


Test de vocabulaire (137-138)

--Le passé composé et l’imparfait (140-142, 148-149, 156-157, 159-160)


Comment dire qu’on se souvient/qu’on ne se souvient pas de quelque chose (143-148)

Mariama Bâ, Je t’épouse (133-136)


7 May


No classes with me 8, 9, 10 May


--Comparaison entre le passé composé et l’imparfait   (161)

--Le plus-que-parfait (142,   170)




14 May


No classes with me 14 May



Test de vocabulaire (185)

Dissertation: Comment écrire une conclusion

Évaluation: Compréhension orale


21   May


--Le subjonctif (volonté, émotion, doute, opinion,) (190, 197-199, 207-208)


Comment exprimer les sentiments et les attitudes (201-206)

Ciné Bravo, Gratte-papier (186-188)




Évaluation: expression orale




28 May


Test de vocabulaire (230)

--Le subjonctif (nécessité, obligation) (216)

--Le passé du subjonctif (217)


Comment persuader et donner des ordres (212-216)

Barbara, Jacques Prévert (227-229)

(See Timetable)

Unit schedule

Teaching and learning responsibilities

Teaching and learning strategies

Charter of student rights and responsibilities

The Charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities upholds the fundamental rights of students who undertake their education at the University of Western Australia. The University's charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities is available at http://www.secretariat.uwa.edu.au/home/policies/charter

Student Guild contact details

Contact details for the University Student Guild can be found at http://www.guild.uwa.edu.au

Uses of student feedback


Academic Conduct Essentials (AACE1000/AACE7000)
Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE) is a compulsory online module for all students about ethical scholarship and the expectations of correct academic conduct that UWA has of its students. All students at any level – undergraduate, postgraduate, onshore, offshore – who are enrolled into a UWA course, are required to complete an online module which introduces you to the basic issues of ethical scholarship and the expectations of correct academic conduct that UWA has of its students. The unit is called Academic Conduct Essentials, or ACE for short, and is available through the Learning Management System using your Pheme account. Those students required to complete ACE are automatically enrolled in the unit. Information about ACE is available in the UWA Handbook.

Communication and Research Skills (CARS1000)
All commencing undergraduate students are required to complete CARS1000 within the first 10 weeks of their first semester. CARS1000 is an online, self-paced unit that provides an introduction to the skills needed to find and use information effectively and efficiently, to communicate effectively and to work in teams. Topics covered include how to locate and use library resources, the search process and search strategies, how and why to reference work, evaluating online sources, writing, presenting and working in teams. CARS1000 is a Moodle unit containing several modules. In order to pass the unit, the unit quiz must be completed with a mark of 80% or greater. Multiple attempts at the quiz are allowed. Completion of the unit will be recorded as an Ungraded Pass (UP) or Ungraded Fail (UF) on your academic record. Students can only access this unit via the Learning Management System, Moodle.

Indigenous Studies Essentials (INDG1000)
This unit is a Welcome to Country that introduces students to the shared learning space that is The University of Western Australia. This learning space includes both Western and Indigenous knowledge systems. The unit looks at the local, national and global contexts of Indigenous peoples. Students consider where the University is located and share in the Noongar story of the place. They explore Aboriginal people in a national context and Indigenous people globally. Students are introduced to a range of protocols relevant to their professional and disciplinary contexts. This comprises an online quiz (100 per cent). A database of questions addresses all sections of the module. Students are permitted to attempt the quiz as often as they wish to achieve the required 80 per cent pass mark. This unit is a mandatory and informational unit. Students can only access this unit via the University Learning Management System, Moodle.

Information for students with disabilities

The University has a range of support services, equipment and facilities for students with a disability. If you would like to receive advice on these services please email uniline@uwa.edu.au or visit http://www.studentservices.uwa.edu.au/information_about/disability_programme


Assessment overview

This comprises essays, oral expression and tests, participation and an examination.

Assessment mechanism

Vocabulary testsThere will be 5 tests in which you will be given 20 words to translate (from French to English and from English to French). You will need to learn the vocabulary listed at the end of each chapter (green page).
Written comprehensionYou will be given a literary or journalistic text not previously covered in class and asked to answer a series of questions. Depending on the question, answers will be given in English or in French.
Aural comprehensionYou will listen to a recording in French. Questions will be asked in French but answered in English.
Oral expressionBased on topics chosen the previous week from a set list, you will speak for 3 minutes, followed by questions and answers for 2 minutes. Orals will be held in week 12, outside classroom hours and at times to be announced in week 9. You will be required to sign up for an individual slot and will be expected to be punctual.
ExaminationThis assessment will be divided into two parts: the first part will cover some of the grammar points you will have studied in chapters 1-5; the second part will be a short essay of 300 words based on either subjects, texts or films studied in class.

Assessment items

Item Title
See Assessment Overview

Academic literacy and academic misconduct

Be aware that the work you submit must be your own with no unacknowledged debt to some other writer or source. To pass off written work as your own, whether you have copied it from someone else or from somewhere else (be it a published writer, another person, a TV program, a library anthology, a lecture, a website or whatever) is to deprive yourself of the real benefits of this unit and to be guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious offence! University policy is that plagiarism, the unacknowledged quotation of material from other people's work, is a ground for failure. Moreover, your name is placed on a central plagiarism register. If you take notes from other sources (critical articles, background works, etc.) you must quote carefully and accurately, and acknowledge the quotation. Even if you paraphrase, you must still acknowledge that you are paraphrasing.

Please refer to the University's policy document for further information

Appeals against academic assessment

In the first instance, students are strongly advised to talk informally to the lecturer about the grade awarded. The University provides the opportunity for students to lodge an appeal against any mark which he or she feels is unfair. Any student making an appeal is under an obligation to establish a prima facie case by providing particular and substantial reasons for the appeal. Students may wish to contact the Guild Education Officers to aid them in the appeals process. There is a 20 working day time limit for making any such appeal. An appeal against academic assessment may result, as appropriate, in an increase or decrease in the mark originally awarded. The University regulations relating to appeals and the form on which the appeal should be lodged can be found at http://www.secretariat.uwa.edu.au/home/policies/appeals

Textbooks and resources

Recommended texts


  • Judith A. Muyskens, Linda L. Harlow, Michèle Vialet & Jean-François Brière, Bravo! 7th Edition. Boston, USA: Heinle, 2012 (Textbook and Student Activities Manual)


Please note that due to time constraints some Leçons will not be covered in class. You should make every effort to study these chapters on your own. Do not hesitate to ask for any content to be clarified, either in class or by individual appointment. These Leçons are:


  • Chapitre 1, leçon 2
  • Chapitre 2, leçon 2
  • Chapitre 3, leçon 2
  • Chapitre 4, leçon 2
  • Chapitre 5, leçon 1


Lists of texts are available from http://www.european.uwa.edu.au/for/students.

Suggested alternate texts

Additional texts

Technical requirements

Software requirements

Additional resources and reading

Other important information

LINK TO Learning Management System (Moodle)



In addition to the general remarks about academic conduct to be found at above-mentioned web page, please note that it is not permissible to seek help from a private tutor for proof-reading or correction of work done for assessment. Likewise the use of native- or near-native speakers to achieve better results in assessed work constitutes a form of cheating.

Course coordinators are in no obligation to accept late assignments. If they opt to do so, a penalty of 5% daily may be applied, at their discretion.



Successful language learning can only be achieved by regular practice of the language in all its forms. For this reason it is highly recommended that you follow the listening and written exercises in the workbook as you go through the semester. The workbook has been designed to reinforce the grammar points and vocabulary we have learned in class and will greatly improve your command of the French language. I will be happy to help if you have questions or queries.



The following websites may be useful to give you additional practice in different aspects of the French language:


This website has excellent explanations and exercises on all aspects of French grammar.


This website provides excellent grammar explanations in English with interactive exercises.


This website can identify for spelling and grammar errors in written assignments.  All you have to do is type in your work and errors are pointed out and categorized according to the type of the error.  The correct answers are not given.  Students are required to think intelligently!


Go to “langue française” for easy French news, articles with questions, transcriptions and songs.


Go to “espace étudiants” for pronunciation exercises, dictations and linguistic and cultural activities.



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