FRNCH231-20A (HAM)

French Language Intermediate 1

15 Points

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Paper Description

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Build on your French language skills acquired at school or in FRNCH132. This paper aims to get your French towards a professional level, especially in the written form. You can improve your spoken French the moment you arrive in a francophone country, but it takes work to develop your written French! This paper also has a cultural component of lectures in French about the Franch-speaking world and France's historical background.

Your knowledge of spoken French

At the start of this course you should be able to converse in French on everyday subjects (although you might be a bit rusty after the summer break!). Your aim is to develop fluency and accuracy.

Your knowledge of written French

At the start of this course you should be able to write about everyday events in straightforward connected sentences.

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Paper Structure

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Four hours of lectures per week: three focused on language acquisition and one on culture.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Communicate in spoken and written French to level B1 of the Common European Framework for Languages
    - See the English version of the Framework on the language site of the Council of Europe.
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  • Show background knowledge about the regions and history of France and the French-speaking world.
    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 67:33. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 33% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 67:33 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 33% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Best three of four tests
  • In Class: In Lecture
2. Four assignments
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. Exam
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 on a daily basis with Bravo! by Muyskens et al. (8th Edition, Cengage, 2015), which is available online (see book price comparer websites) or at Bennett’s Bookshop on campus.

You should own or have access to:

The Library has many dictionaries and grammars. Avoid Internet translation software—it won't be reliable enough for some of the things we'll be working on!

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Recommended Readings

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Further reading

  • Read recent French magazines online on PressReader through the University Library.
  • Borrow the Library’s copies of French BD like Astérix and Tintin.
  • Read short stories (by Daudet, Maupassant, Aymé, Gavalda), plays, poems and novels.
  • Try novels by modern writers like Nothomb or Gavalda.
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Other Resources

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Further writing

  • Keep a diary in French.
  • Use social media to connect with native French speakers studying English.
  • Use social media to connect with other learners of French here and overseas.

Further speaking

  • Have a coffee with someone from class and try to speak French the whole time!

Further viewing

  • Follow Youtubeurs and Youtubeuses - see suggestions this article and in the comments below it.
  • Watch news items online on channels like France3 and RTS (Suisse)
  • See French films screened in Hamilton or on TV (especially Māori TV’s weekend foreign films).
  • Borrow French-language films from the University Library.
  • Look out for the occasional French-language film or series on Netflix.
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Online Support

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Assignments, feedback, exercises, links and notices will be posted on the Moodle site for this paper at

Le Web

For all aspects of learning French, see To find out how a particular word is pronounced, type the word into Google Translate and click on the sound symbol.

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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, working on assignments, revising for tests, and wider reading, viewing and listening in French.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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To keep improving your French, enrol in FRNCH232 French Language Intermediate 2 next semester and FRNCH331 French Language Advanced 1 next year. There are also culture, translation and linguistics papers available.

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Prerequisite papers: FRNCH132 or FREN132 or 14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA French, or equivalent




Restricted papers: FREN231

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