• Class Number 2774
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Gemma King
    • Dr Gemma King
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

The aim of this course is for students to consolidate their competence in understanding, speaking, writing and reading in French. Students will develop their abilities to express opinions on ideas and events in French and will refine their skills in oral expression, writing and grammar. The course also aims to expose students to aspects of contemporary French and Francophone societies and cultures and to have them gain insight into these through the study of literature and film. Postgraduate students will develop French-language research and writing skills through language exercises and a research essay.

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. Construct complex argumentative or discursive sentences in French, using appropriate grammatical structures.
  2. Give in-depth explanations of various issues in modern French and Francophone cultures.
  3. Interpret these issues by reference to different conceptions of Francophone societies around the world.
  4. Present complex written and oral arguments about themes presented in modern French and Francophone literature and film, using research skills in French.
  5. Utilise a high standard of French grammar across the four basic competencies (reading, writing, speaking and listening).
  6. Recognise and use French in different registers.

Required Resources

All required resources will be provided on Wattle.


There is no assigned textbook for this course and all files will be uploaded to Wattle.

However, you may benefit from the following:

a. Monolingual and bilingual dictionaries

Le Petit Robert / Le Robert (Le Robert Micro is too limited)

Collins-Robert French-English/English-French Dictionary

Students should consider investing in a Robert which can be of value long after your study of French with us. Avoid Google Translate at all costs; a reliable online dictionary is wordreference.com, which also has a good (and free) smart phone app.

b. Grammar resources

You are encouraged to buy a ready reference guide to verbs, such as:

Bescherelle 1, L’Art de conjuguer or its English adaptation: French verbs. The Bescherelle is also available as a good smartphone app.

c. You may also find the following useful:

Le Robert, Dictionnaire de synonymes et nuances.

Mary E. Coffman Crocker, Schaum’s Outline of French Grammar.

Jacqueline Ollivier and Martin Beaudouin, Grammaire française.

d. French students association

Students can join the ANU French Collective club, which organises film screenings, breakfasts and other fun events:

Facebook: @anufrenchcollective Email: cf.anu09@gmail.com

e. Alliance Française de Canberra

The Alliance Française, near campus on McCaughey St in Turner, offers a range of activities and facilities. Their library includes an online Culturethèque open 24/7 to members. They also run the French Film Festival at the Palace Electric cinema each March.

f. SBS

SBS offers a range of French news, (subtitled) French films and French radio.

g. Podcasts

Podcasts are a great way to keep up with your French listening and general knowledge (on your way to and from uni, for example). France Culture and France Inter run many interesting French-language podcasts.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

In the culture module, students will receive ongoing feedback in class, plus detailed corrections and advice on their presentation, written pieces and final essay. Students are welcome to make appointments to discuss their progress at any time in the semester.

In the grammar module, students will receive their annotated test paper within two weeks of the test, plus in-class revision of common issues.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Referencing requirements

Wherever you reference another person’s work, ensure you cite it accurately. For the culture essay, you may use any official citation style (Harvard, MLA, etc.), however make sure you are consistent and include a bibliography at the end of your essay.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Weekly class 1: culture focus 2018 marked the centenary of the end of one of the most devastating wars in French and world history. The French-speaking world has evolved immensely since that time. In FREN6505 we will analyse book chapters, poems, articles, songs and films that explore key moments, attitudes and experiences in the French-speaking world over the last 100 years. We will begin in the trenches of WWI and analyse history and memory through the Great War, WWII and the foundation of the EU. We will then move through rich texts on society and culture, including colonial African literature, the student and sexual revolutions of the 60s and the rise of Nouvelle Vague cinema. Classes will include in-depth discussion, scene analysis and interactive presentations. In semester two, we will continue our study, examining the effects of decolonisation, globalisation and contemporary world issues in France and the francophonie, up to the present day. Culture Focus: Introduction : Joyeux Noël (Christian Carion) Weekly class 2: grammar focus As a complement to our cultural, literary, oral and written studies, in-depth work on grammar will strengthen your ability to comprehend, and express yourself in French. You will not need to purchase a textbook; rather you will receive varied resources on Wattle each week to reinforce your learning. Different sources and exercises, along with interactive tutorials, will be used to place the grammar points into context, in relation to the cultural text of the week. Come to class ready to speak and write. Grammar Focus: Introduction + les accords
2 Culture Focus: Les Années folles : textes des années 1920 Grammar Focus: Les déterminants
3 Culture Focus: La Seconde Guerre mondiale : poèmes des camps de concentration Grammar Focus: Les pronoms personnels
4 Culture Focus: L’Occupation : Diplomatie (Volker Schlöndorff) Grammar Focus: Les pronoms relatifs Culture Written Exercise 1 Culture presentations
5 Culture Focus: La Shoah : Elle s’appelait Sarah (Tatiana de Rosnay) Grammar Focus: Les pronoms relatifs (suite) Culture presentations
6 Culture Focus: L’Union Européenne : L’Auberge Espagnole (Cédric Klapisch) Grammar Focus: In class test Grammar Test 1 Culture presentations
7 Culture Focus: L’Afrique coloniale : L’Enfant noir (Camara Laye) Grammar Focus: Le participe présent et passé Culture Written Exercise 2 Culture presentations
8 Culture Focus: La Révolution sexuelle : musique des années 60 Grammar Focus: Le discours indirect Culture presentations
9 Culture Focus: La Nouvelle vague : Cléo de 5 à 7 (Agnès Varda) Grammar Focus: Les temps du passé Culture presentations
10 Culture Focus: Mai 68 : Mai 68 à ceux qui ne l’ont pas vécu (Patrick Rotman) + témoignages Grammar Focus: Le subjonctif présent et passé Culture Written Exercise 3 Culture presentations
11 Culture Focus: Atelier sur la dissertation Grammar Focus: Les pronoms possessifs et démonstratifs
12 Culture Focus: Le Féminisme : La Deuxième Vague du Féminisme (Simone de Beauvoir et. al.) Grammar Focus: In class test Grammar Test 2 Culture Essay Due

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Oral Presentation 20 % 20/03/2019 03/04/2019 1,2,3,4,5,6
Written Exercises 15 % 20/03/2019 03/04/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Grammar Test One 15 % 03/04/2019 24/04/2019 1,5,6
Grammar Test Two 15 % 29/05/2019 12/06/2019 1,5,6
Essay 25 % 05/06/2019 19/06/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Participation 10 % 25/02/2019 31/05/2019 1,2,3,4,5,6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


This course has some in-class tests but no final examination.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 20/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 03/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Oral Presentation

Value: 20%

Due: Weeks 4-10

10-minute presentation with a partner on a text studied in the course and/or its social, cultural or political context. Topics chosen in week 2.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 20/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 03/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Written Exercises

Value: 15%

Due: Weeks 4, 7 and 10 (submitted Wednesday via Turnitin)

3 X 1-page responses to culture texts, from weekly question sheets.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 03/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 24/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,5,6

Grammar Test One

Value: 15%

In class week 6

This 1.25-hour test will assess your grasp of the grammatical structures covered in each half of the course, through a series of exercises similar to those practised in class and homework. There will be a 15-minute listening section at the beginning, then 1 hour of writing.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 29/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 12/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,5,6

Grammar Test Two

Value: 15%

In class week 12

This 1-hour test will assess your grasp of the grammatical structures covered in each half of the course, through a series of exercises similar to those practised in class and homework.? There will be a 15-minute listening section at the beginning, then 1 hour of writing.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 05/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 19/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


Value: 25%


1000-word analytical research essay (20%) on one or more texts studied in the course. Topic to be determined with tutor and workshopped (55) in Week 11.

Important: Students are not permitted to ask for help from native speakers, tutors, family or friends if the task is to be submitted for assessment. Improper collaboration of this nature constitutes academic misconduct and will be dealt with in accordance with ANU policy.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 25/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6


‘Participation’ spans attendance, pre-class preparation including reading, grammar homework and contribution in class- criteria will be discussed in Week 1. This assessment applies to both classes of the week.

Attendance at classes is strongly recommended; full participation in classes is essential to serious study of the language. Participation accounts for 10% of FREN6505; criteria for participation grades will be presented in Week 1. If you are absent for medical reasons, send your tutor your medical certificate. If you are absent for other reasons, you may submit your written notes for the week for feedback.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

The end-of-semester culture essay is to be submitted using Turnitin (via Wattle). You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Written exercises must be submitted as a print-out in class 1 of the due week, or emailed before class. Please keep a copy of all work for your records.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

In-class grammar tests and written exercises: students will receive their work back within the fortnight following the test/due date.

Presentation: students will receive written feedback the week after their presentation.

Essay: students will receive an annotated version of their essay via Turnitin.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Gemma King
02 6125 9029

Research Interests

French cinema, contemporary French and Francophone cultures, multilingualism, postcolonial studies, migration

Dr Gemma King

Tuesday 11:00 12:00
Tuesday 11:00 12:00
Dr Gemma King
02 6125 9029

Research Interests

Dr Gemma King

Tuesday 11:00 12:00
Tuesday 11:00 12:00

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