French Language Advanced 2
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This paper looks at current affairs, culture, history, the arts in France and francophone countries. Practice of advanced written and oral expression in French. More in-depth work so students can develop their knowledge of the French language and the varied and diverse aspects of French culture. Prerequisite: FRNCH232
Your knowledge of spoken French
At the start of this course it is assumed that you can converse reasonably fluently in French on everyday subjects. Your aim is to extend the range of your fluency—to make a sophisticated verbal presentation, to use a wider vocabulary, to talk about complex issues.
Your knowledge of written French
At the start of this course it is assumed that you know basic French grammar. The aim of this course is for you to further your knowledge of written French so you can write more in-depth essays. The progress that you make in this class trhough extensive vocabulary building and creative writing will serve you well in the translation paper FRNCH321-20B.
Oral presentations will be expected and assessed.Relevant material will be posted on Moodle and organised in a weekly structure. Workshops will be recorded for students who can't attend them face to face. And if we need to switch to online teaching this can be done very quickly. and contact then would be through Zoom meetings.
Workshops where students share the work they have done at home with their fellow students. Oral presentation required on specific topics given in class.
If we need to move to lockdown workshops will be replaced by zoom meetings and oral presentations will be organised on Zoom.
Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
Written and oral skills
Improving students' writing and oral skills as well as their understanding of how French culture is extremely varied as the country is made up of many sub-cultures. A diversity of topics will be used usually linked with what is currently happening in the country: current affairs, current events and the arts.
Communicate in spoken and written French to level C1 of the Common European Framework for Languages.
See the English version of the Framework on the language site of the Council of Europe.
Be able to recognise different registers of French
Know the key features of how spoken French differs from written French.
Further your knowledge of French.Linked to the following assessments:
Internal assessment: 100%
30% = 3 assignments
15% = 2 tests
15% = Presentation
Final Test = 30%
Oral = 10%
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.
Error: Assessment components must add up to 100%
At least one Assessment Component needs to be entered
|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Assignment 1||
|2. Assignment 2||
|3. Test 1||
|4. Assignment 3||
|5. Test 2||
|6. In-class presentation||
|7. Final Test||
Required and Recommended Readings*
A list of readings will be provided in class.
Reading current news in the French newspapers Le Point, Le Monde, L'Obs and other regional newspapers.
You should own or have access to:
- a good French dictionary like Le Petit Robert or the Trésor de la langue française. Other online dictionaries like www.ledictionnaire.
com (http://www.ledictionnaire.com/) may also be suitable.
- a French-English dictionary (a Collins-Robert or Oxford-Hachette, for example, or www.wordreference.com (http://www.wordreference.com/)),
- a reference grammar. Le Point du FLE is good; so is googling something like ('French adjective agreements' or 'French il est vs c'est')
- a set of verb tables (www.conjugaison.com (http://www.conjugaison.com/))
The Library has many dictionaries and grammars. Avoid Internet translation software—it's too unreliable for complex structures.
Read recent French magazines online.
See links at websites above.
Borrow the Library’s copies of French BD like Astérix and Tintin.
Read short stories (by Daudet, Maupassant, Aymé, Gavalda and others), plays, poems and novels.
Try novels by modern writers like Nothomb or Gavalda.
- 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.
Have lunch in French with other students in the class.
- Follow Youtubeurs and Youtubeuses see suggestions in this article (http://www.lindsaydoeslanguages.com/10frenchyoutuberstohelpyoulearnfrench/)
and in the comments below it.
- Watch news online on channels like France 3 (http://www.france3.fr) and RTS (https://www.rts.ch/) (Suisse)
- See French films screened in Hamilton or on TV (especially Māori TV’s weekend foreign films).
- Borrow French films from the University Library.
- Look out for French language shows on Netflix.
Le Web www.lepointdufle.net (http://www.lepointdufle.net/) has grammar, audio, chatrooms and lots of useful links for students of French.
including workshops, working on assignments, revising for tests and wider reading in French.
Linkages to Other Papers*
Students of this paper should consider enrolling in FRNCH321-20B Translation methodology.
Prerequisite papers: FRNCH331 or FREN331
Restricted papers: FREN332