FRNCH132-19B (HAM)

French for Beginners 2

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper is for students who have completed FREN131, FRNCH131 or equivalent (e.g. two years’ secondary school French).

Learning outcomes

By the end of the paper you should have acquired enough French in all four key areas of language use—listening, reading, speaking and writing—to have reached upper level A2 or even lower B1 of the Common European Framework for languages:

A2: Waystage level

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

B1: Threshold level

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

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Paper Structure

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There are two lectures per week. Classes are interactive, and will give you regular opportunities to speak and practice. Attendance is essential to make good progress in the language.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • have acquired enough French in all four key areas of language use—listening, reading, speaking and writing.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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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. 3 written assignments
2. 5 online assignments
3. 3 In-class tests
4. Final test
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 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.

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Recommended Readings

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Further reading

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

Further writing

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

Further speaking

  • The French Chat (with the Alliance Française), Fridays from 6 pm at The Lido cinema in town.
  • French Breakfast (with the Alliance Française), 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 TV news on Internet (try, which doesn’t restrict its videos to local residents).
  • See French films screened in Hamilton or on TV (especially Māori TV’s weekend foreign films).
  • Borrow French films from video rental shops or the University Library.
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Other Resources

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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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Online Support

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On-line exercises

You will need to activate a CONNECT key in order to access the online exercises. (See instructions on Moodle)

To register for these you’ll need to have the Deux Mondes Book Key that is sold with the textbook package. See the document in Moodle called ‘Connect student tips’.


There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Assignments, feedback, exercises, links and notices will be posted on the Moodle site for this paper.

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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, consider enrolling next year in FRNCH231-20A French Language Intermediate 1 and FRNCH232-20B French Language Intermediate 2 as well as in various culture papers such as INTLC222-20A.

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Prerequisite papers: FRNCH131 or FREN132




Restricted papers: FREN132

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