FRNCH232-19B (HAM)

French Language Intermediate 2

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper consolidates and expands the grammar and vocabulary acquired in your French studies in FREN231 or equivalent. There is a greater emphasis on written over spoken French in this paper – you improve your spoken French the moment you arrive in a francophone country, but getting your written French to a professional standard needs more study. The themes this semester include the media, museums, job-hunting and accommodation.

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Paper Structure

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Three hours of lectures per week.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate written and spoken French to the upper B1 or lower B2 level of the European Common Framework for languages.
    See the English version of the Framework on the language site of the Council of Europe.
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  • Show a greater knowledge and understanding (and appreciation!) of French grammar.
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  • Demonstrate background knowledge about aspects of French culture, art and literature.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Best 3 of 4 tests
2. 4 assignments
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 or at Bennett’s Bookshop on campus.

You should own or have access to:

The Library has many dictionaries and grammars.

Avoid Internet translators—they’re too unreliable for your level of French!

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Recommended Readings

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Further reading

  • Read recent French magazines on-line. See links at
  • Read magazines through the PressReader app on the University Library's site
  • 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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Le Web

See for all aspects of French.

Further writing

  • Keep a diary in French.
  • Contribute to French fansites of English-language TV series you know (,
  • Set up a blog in French and share your grammar with millions of readers!

Further speaking

  • Have coffee or lunch in French with other students in the class.

Further viewing

  • Find Youtubeurs and Youtubeuses to follow.
  • 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).
  • Follow French-language series on Netflix
  • Borrow French films from the University Library.
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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

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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 in French.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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

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Prerequisite papers: FRNCH231 or FREN231 or equivalent




Restricted papers: FREN232

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