• Class Number 2773
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ashok Collins
  • 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
    • Dr Ashok Collins
SELT Survey Results

This course builds on the knowledge of French language and culture acquired in FREN6502 or through equivalent pathways of study. The aim of the course is to expand students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in French, as well as to reflect in depth on different aspects of Francophone cultures and societies through the study of a variety of written and audio-visual materials.

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. Competently engage with a wide range of complex linguistic forms of the language in both written and spoken contexts.
  2. Understand a range of written and audiovisual texts, such as literary extracts, short films, and songs.
  3. Recognise and use different language styles and registers.
  4. Present sophisticated discussions and arguments in spoken and written French.
  5. Understand aspects of Francophone cultures and societies, and conduct research into issues of contemporary relevance.

Additional Course Costs

Students undertaking this subject will be required to cover the cost of the set textbook + access key to the online platform and all other stationary materials.

Examination Material or equipment

Only writing materials are permitted in examinations during this course. Dictionaries, textbooks, and mobile devices are not permitted.

Required Resources

There is a compulsory textbook and book key for this course:

Judith A. Muyskens, Linda L. Harlow, Michèle Vialet & Jean-François Brière, Bravo!, 8th edition. Boston, USA: Heinle, 2015

The cost of this textbook also includes a book key which gives 24 month access to the online iLrn Heinle Learning Center

The textbook + book key package is available for purchase at the bookshop, or alternatively the eBook (which comes with access to iLrn) can be purchased on the following website: https://www.cengagebrain.com.au/shop/isbn/9781285457574. Students must bring the hard copy textbook to each class, or be able to access the online eBook on a laptop or other device.

  • Bescherelle L’art de conjuguer (1995). Hâtier (English version). This is a compact dictionary of French verb conjugations.
  • Collins or Oxford Hachette bilingual dictionary French/English – English/French. A number of dictionary resources also exist online or as phone apps (e.g. www.wordreference.com). In general, we recommend students avoid the use of Google Translate in class, and its usage for translating phrases for assessment tasks is strictly prohibited.
  • Jacqueline Morton (1993) English Grammar for Students of French. You may find this book to be a useful resource, particularly in order to better understand the terms and concepts of English and French grammar.
  • Monolingual dictionaries:
  • ?Le Petit Robert or Dictionnaire du français contemporain
  • Students may wish to acquire one of the above which can be of value long after your study of French with us comes to an end.
  • Students can join the French Collective (French club), which organises films, breakfasts, etc. See https://www.facebook.com/anufrenchcollective
  • Contact: cf.anu09@gmail.com
  • The Alliance Française (66 McCaughey St, Turner) offers a range of activities and facilities.

Staff Feedback

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

  • Verbal comments to the whole class and/or groups in class;
  • Verbal comments to individuals in class and/or during consultation hours;
  • Written comments online and/or on written assessments.

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

Good academic practice

Students are required to properly acknowledge all sources used in written work using a recognised referencing style convention (e.g. MLA, Chicago, Harvard etc.). There is no specific referencing style preferred, as long as students practice good academic conduct and are consistent throughout the assignment.

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

Contact hours

There are 4 compulsory contact hours per week:

  • 1 x 1 hour Grammar Workshop
  • 1 x 2 hour Class (Language and Culture A)
  • 1 x 1 hour Class (Language and Culture B)

All students attend the same Grammar Workshop (Tuesday). For Language and Culture Classes, students should choose a group (Group 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5) and remain in that group for both the Language and Culture Class A (Wednesday) and Language and Culture Class B (Thursday). Note that Wattle signup for a Language and Culture Class group is compulsory.

In addition to these compulsory contact hours, it is expected that students will spend approximately 7 hours per week studying for this course. Material from the textbook not covered during class time (e.g. see in particular grammar points covered on pp. 49, 72, 98, 201-202) should be revised as part of this additional self-study time and may form part of assessment. Please let the Course Convener or your language teacher know if you have any questions on this content.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to course; revision of present tense
2 Expressions of time
3 Conditional
4 Articles
5 Quel and lequel iLrn Activities
6 Possessives Test 1
7 Pronominal verbs Assignment
8 Passé composé and imparfait (formation)
9 Passé composé and imparfait (usage) Oral Presentation
10 Plus-que-parfait
11 Subjunctive (formation and will/wanting) iLrn Activities
12 Subjunctive (emotion, opinion, doubt); use of infinitive to avoid subjunctive Test 2

Tutorial Registration

Signup for Language Classes through Wattle is compulsory. Signup for Grammar Workshop on Tuesdays is not required.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Online Activities (iLrn) 10 % 29/03/2019 30/03/2019 1, 3
Test 1 20 % 04/04/2019 24/04/2019 1, 3
Assignment 20 % 23/04/2019 15/05/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Oral Presentation 20 % 06/05/2019 29/05/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Test 2 20 % 30/05/2019 27/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Participation 10 % 31/05/2019 21/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

* 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.


See Assessment Task 6.


This course does not include a formal examination during the examination period. All assessment will be completed during the 12 week teaching Semester.

Supplementary exams

If you receive a final grade of PX (45-49%) in this course and are therefore eligible to take a supplementary exam, the Course Convener will contact you via your official ANU email address shortly after final marks are released. Notification by email is taken to have been served on the day it would have been delivered in the ordinary course of email transmission. You will forfeit your right to a supplementary exam if you do not respond to the email within 10 working days.

The supplementary exam for students receiving a PX in FREN2024 will take place during Week 1 of Semester 2, 2019 (22-26 July). Eligible students wishing to sit the supplementary exam will be required to make themselves available on the date specified in the email from the Course Convener. No alternative times will be made available.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 29/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/03/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3

Online Activities (iLrn)

These activities are designed as formative assessments which encourage student engagement with the grammar material and provide important progressive feedback throughout the semester. They are in particular designed as study aids in preparation for the two in-class tests. These activities are automatically graded. If you have concerns or questions about your grade, please contact the Course Convener within 1 week of submitting the activity. If you submit your activities late, please email the Course Convener so that your late submission can be manually accepted and counted towards your cumulative total. Normal late penalties apply (see below).

Value: 10% (cumulative total of all activities completed across the two due dates: 11:59pm Friday 29th March and 11:59pm Friday 24th May).

Presentation requirements: Completed online through Heinle iLrn Learning Center.

Estimated return date: Automatic feedback upon closure of quiz and additional feedback by lecturer where relevant within 1 week of due date.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 04/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 24/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3

Test 1

This in-class test is designed as a summative assessment testing course content covered during Weeks 1-5.

Value: 20%.

Presentation requirements: In-class test (approx. 50 minutes duration).

Estimated return date: Week 7.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 23/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 15/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


This take-home assignment will provide students with an opportunity to employ French writing techniques in an essay discussion on a given topic. It will also provide formative feedback on students’ written expression in preparation for Test 2 in Week 12. Any sources used must be cited according to the ANU’s guidelines on good academic practice. This also includes references to the Bravo! textbook which must be treated like any other secondary source.

Word limit (where applicable): 600-800 words.

Value: 20%.

Presentation requirements: Assignment completed outside of class time.

Estimated return date: 2-3 weeks after submission.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 06/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 29/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Oral Presentation

Students will complete an oral presentation in French on a given topic (5 minutes). This assessment is designed to give students an opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency and progress in spoken French, as well as receive feedback on their expression and pronunciation.

Value: 20%.

Presentation requirements: Students will upload a recording of their presentation to Wattle and submit a transcript/notes through Turnitin.

Estimated return date: 2-3 weeks after submission.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 30/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 27/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Test 2

This in-class test is designed as a summative assessment testing course content covered during Weeks 6-11. It also includes a written composition task in French.

Value: 20%.

Presentation requirements: In-class test (approx. 50 minutes duration).

Assessment Task 6

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 21/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Students are given a mark for participation in the course (10%). This entails:

  • Attending/listening to the Grammar Workshop and revising relevant grammar content;
  • Completing and submitting the textbook activities assigned for preparation before the Wednesday Language and Culture Class (activities assigned for preparation before the Wednesday class will be listed on Wattle each week. Students must submit this preparation on Wattle before the beginning of their Wednesday class. There are separate submission portals for each language group and students must ensure they use the correct portal or their preparation will not be counted);
  • Reading the set texts for the Thursday Language and Culture Class and/or preparing any related questions;
  • Participation in group work and/or whole class activities during Language and Culture Classes;
  • Participation in in-class vocabulary quizzes during the Wednesday Language and Culture Class.

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) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

Depending on your language teacher’s preference, you may also be required to submit a hard copy in class. 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

Student work will be returned online or during class time.

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.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of assignments is not permitted in this course.

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 Ashok Collins
02 6125 1759

Research Interests

Continental philosophy; 20th century French literature; philosophy of education

Dr Ashok Collins

Tuesday 11:00 12:00
Tuesday 11:00 12:00
Thursday 10:00 11:00
Dr Ashok Collins
612 59895

Research Interests

Dr Ashok Collins

Tuesday 11:00 12:00
Tuesday 11:00 12:00
Thursday 10:00 11:00

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