FRNCH231-22A (HAM)

Intermediate French 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!

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 classes per week. Regular attendance is essential for good progress in language learning.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper 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.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Note: the University Calendar incorrectly states that this paper has a final exam. The assessment components listed below should read: three tests (30%), best three of four assignments (30%), presentation (10%), conversation test (5%), final test (25%)
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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 tests
  • In Class: In Lecture
2. Best three of four assignments
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. Presentation
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Conversation test
15 Jun 2022
10:00 AM
5. Final test
16 Jun 2022
1:00 PM
6. 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 'The Ultimate French Review and Practice' (4th edition) by Stillman and Gordon (McGraw-Hill), which you can buy in print or electronic form. It is available at the campus bookshop. We will cover Chapters 1-7, 13-16 and 19-20.

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 (comics) 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

  • 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).
  • 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 and FRNCH331, which follow on from this paper. There are also culture, history and language papers available under FRNCH and INTLC codes.

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Prerequisite papers: FREN131, FRNCH131 or equivalent.




Restricted papers: FREN132, FRNCH132

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