• 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

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:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Understand some important grammatical structures and particular expressions used in the French press, and be able to apply them in writing
  2. Understand the French used in some audio/audio-visual documents and apply particular forms of expression in delivering oral presentations in class
  3. Demonstrate some familiarity with the content, and political and socio-cultural orientation of the main French newspapers, magazines, online news media, televised news and radio
  4. Display some understanding of how media representation contributes to the shaping of public opinion in France

Indicative Assessment

In-class written comprehension test in French (45 mins; 15%) [LOs 1, 3, 4]

Oral presentation in French (5 mins; 25%) [LOs 2, 3, 4]
In-class listening comprehension test in French (45 mins; 20%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]

Written assignment in French (700-1000; 30%) [LOs 1, 3, 4]

Class participation (preparing readings/audiovisual texts before each class; 10%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]


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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 3 contact hours per week.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed FREN2024. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convenor to enrol in this course. Incompatible with FREN3107, FREN6512 and FREN6513.

Prescribed Texts

Written and audio-visual materials will be posted on Wattle as required throughout the semester.


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
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
8236 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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