• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject French
  • Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, Cultural Studies, European Languages, Communications, European Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ashok Collins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course is designed to extend students' speaking, listening, writing and reading skills in French through the critical study of current affairs as represented in the French written press, radio, televised news, and online news media. We will cover some of the most topical issues in contemporary France, such as the rise of far right movements, debates on immigration and the growing presence of Islam in France, as well as controversies surrounding marriage and sexuality in the 21st century. Throughout the study of these key themes, students will improve their French language skills via written and aural comprehension tests, assignment work and an oral presentation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On completing the course, students should have:

1/ Improved their reading comprehension & writing in French

2/ Improved their listening & speaking skills in French

3/ Become acquainted to some of the main French newspapers, their content, political and socio-cultural orientation

4/ Become acquainted to French televised news and RFI

5/ Developed some ability to critically reflect on French media writing

6/ Gained knowledge of French culture & society via the study of current affairs

Indicative Assessment

Two in-class tests (week 7 and 13): 40% (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5, 6)

Oral presentation of a news item (weeks 11 & 12): 30% (Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4, 6)

Writing of two news items, 600 words each (due weeks 5 and 10): 30% (Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 5, 6)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


This course has 3 contact hours per week which may be held in one hour and two hour block.

In addition to the required contact hours, it is expected that students will spend an additional 6-7 hours per week studying for this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed FREN2024, or with permission of the Course Convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed FREN3107, FREN6512 or FREN6513.

Prescribed Texts

An e-reading brick will be provided on Wattle for this course. Audio and audio-visual materials will be posted on Wattle on a weekly basis.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8396 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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