FRNCH131-19A (HAM)

French for Beginners 1

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper introduces you to key elements of French language and culture. It assumes you have no previous experience of French.

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Paper Structure

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This paper has two two-hour lectures and one tutorial. You can choose from three tutorial slots. Students need to choose ONE tutorial only. Please see lecturer if you have a timetable clash.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • have acquired the basics in all four key areas of language use—listening, reading, speaking and writing
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  • have reached level A1 of the Common European Framework for languages:

    Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

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This paper is internally assessed.

Regular attendance at lectures and tutorials is strongly advised and will result in a better outcome.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Three Online Assignments (OA1, OA2, OA3)
2. Three Online Tests (OT1, OT2, OT3)
3. Three In-Class Tests (ICT1, ICT2, ICT3)
4. Final & Listening Tests
5. Oral Test
6. Tutorial Attendance and Participation
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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We will work in class on a daily basis with Deux Mondes (7th edition) by Terrell et al. A good French-English dictionary (Collins-Robert or Oxford-Hachette for example) is also strongly recommended. The Library has many useful grammars and dictionaries as well as other works about French culture and history.

This paper has an online component which you will be able to access through the Connect book key sold with the Deux Mondes book. Additional information on how to access the Connect website will be posted on the Moodle page for this paper.

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Recommended Readings

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Further reading

  • Look at the latest issues of on-line magazines; even looking at advertisments and photo captions will help you with your French language and culture.
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Other Resources

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Further writing

  • Keep a diary and add more and more French as the semester progresses

Further speaking

  • French Breakfast, first Saturday every month at 10 a.m. at the Cook, Cook St., Hamilton East.
  • Have lunch in French with other students in the class.

Further viewing

  • Watch French TV news on Internet ( and are good places to start).
  • See any French films screened in Hamilton (French Film Festival and the International Film Festival) or on TV (especially Māori TV’s weekend foreign films).
  • See French films on campus with the Alliance Française Free admission, English subtitles, titles and dates to be advised.
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Online Support

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This is the university website for the paper. Assignments, feedback and links will be posted on the FRNCH131-19A site.

How to access CONNECT website for online assessment

You’ll need to have the Deux Mondes Book Key that is sold with the textbook package. See the document in Moodle called ‘How to register for the on-line component’. Most computers should have the software to play the audio files.

Le Web has grammar, audio, chatrooms and lots of useful links for students of French.

For grammar exercises, try To work on spoken French, go to and select a French voice.

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A fulltime year is defined as 120 points, equivalent to 1200 hours of study. This paper is worth 15 points, or 150 hours of study, including lectures, tutorials, working on assignments, revising for tests and wider reading in French.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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If you would like to continue in French, enrol in FRNCH132-19B French for Beginners 2 and next year in FRNCH231-20A French Language Intermediate 1 and FRNCH232-20B French Language Intermediate 2 as well as in various culture papers.

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