- Code FREN6512
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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 PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
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. Students who have completed this course will demonstrate advanced levels of linguistic expression in French, in addition to substantial discipline-based research skills.
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:
- Understand some important grammatical structures and particular expressions used in the French press, and be able to apply them in writing
- Understand the French used in some audio/audio-visual documents and apply particular forms of expression in delivering oral presentations in class
- Demonstrate extensive familiarity with the content, and political and socio-cultural orientation of the main French newspapers, magazines, online news media, televised news and radio
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of how media representation contributes to the shaping of public opinion in France
- Conduct in-depth research into issues of contemporary relevance in French society
In-class written comprehension test in French (45 mins; 10%) [LOs 1, 3, 4]
Oral presentation in French (5 mins; 25%) [LOs 2, 3, 4]
In-class listening comprehension test in French (45 mins; 15%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]
Written assignment in French (2000-2500 words; 40%) [LOs 1, 3, 4, 5]
Class participation (preparing readings/audiovisual texts before each class; 10%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 36 hours of class time per week, and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsWritten and audio-visual materials will be posted on Wattle as required throughout the semester.
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