- Class Number 4106
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Solene Inceoglu
- Dr Solene Inceoglu
- 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
This course is designed to help students develop the necessary skills to improve their pronunciation and understanding of spoken French. It combines an examination of how French sounds are produced and how they differ from English sounds, with practical exercises in oral practice, sound discrimination, and phonetic transcription. In addition to improving their general fluency and oral accuracy, students will also increase their knowledge of Francophone culture and gain an understanding of pronunciation differences between language registers and dialects/regional accents. By the end of the course, students will be familiarized with the rules of correspondence between sounds and spelling, as well as the rules governing other phenomena, such as intonation, stress placement, liaisons, and schwa.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- articulate near-native French pronunciation, including sounds, intonation, and liaisons;
- integrate phonological awareness of how the sounds of French are produced and how they differ from their native language, and how they relate to French orthography;
- recognise and describe differences between oral and written French, language registers, and regional accents;
- engage with available technology/software for speech recording and analysis; and
- develop a research proposal based on scholarly literature.
All texts and learning resources will be available on Wattle.
You will need access to a computer with a microphone and the following free programs: Audacity http://www.audacityteam.org/ and Praat http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/
Bring your own earphones to class.
Students will receive personal feedback on their written tests, oral recordings and oral group project. In class, feedback will be given to the whole group by remedial tasks when needed.
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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||please refer to wattle for detail|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Test 1||10 %||03/04/2019||24/04/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|Test 2||15 %||29/05/2019||12/06/2019||1,2,3,4|
|Pronunciation recordings||35 %||01/01/2029||02/01/2029||1,2,3,4|
|Final project||15 %||24/05/2019||07/06/2019||1,2,3,4|
|Weekly homework, preparation, and participation||10 %||01/01/2029||02/01/2029||1,2,3,4,5|
|Research Project||15 %||05/06/2019||12/06/2019||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:
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Policy and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
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.
Note: Attendance plays a crucial role in the understanding, acquisition, and practice of pronunciation rules. Class time will review and explain these rules as well as provide practice for students, both in written transcription and in oral activities. Each class also builds on the previous one, hence allowing students to scaffold their learning. For these reasons, you are strongly encouraged to attend all class meetings.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
The written test is designed to monitor your progress in the class. The test will consist in questions to verify your understanding of the French pronunciation rules. It is important to keep up with the material and see the instructor/ask questions frequently to clarify all misunderstandings.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
The written test is designed to monitor your progress in the class. The tests will consist in questions to verify your understanding of the French pronunciation. It is important to keep up with the material and see the instructor/ask questions frequently to clarify all misunderstandings. Note that this test will cover the content of the whole semester.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
You will submit several audio-recordings of yourself throughout the semester. Specific instructions will be announced in class and on Wattle. No late submission will be accepted (unless you provide a medical certificate).
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
You and a classmate will transcribe and dub (= voice-over) a video segment. The goal of this activity is to encourage you to speak as fluently as possible. You will need to practice in order to synchronize your voices to the lip movements of the French speakers. You will be graded on your authenticity and pronunciation accuracy and fluency.
You will find the assessment rubric for this item on Wattle.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Weekly homework, preparation, and participation
There are two kinds of homework in this class.
The first type is preparatory. Before coming to class, you are expected to read the material and prepare activities to practice the rules discussed. You are strongly encouraged to come to class fully prepared and ask questions during class on any material that is not clear. You are expected to spend no less than one hour of preparation for every class.
The second type of homework is evaluative, both written and oral. After we have discussed and practiced rules in class, an additional homework activity may be assigned, collected, and graded.
Homework will be assigned during class.
You will also submit six journal entries over the course of the semester that will enable you to reflect on your pronunciation, on what you have learned in the preceding days, and on your progress in the course. Submission dates for the six journals are listed on the course schedule (see Wattle).
Note: Students are expected to complete assignments on their own and are not permitted to ask help from other individuals (i.e., native speakers, tutors, family or friends) when the task is submitted for assessment. Improper collaboration of this nature constitutes academic misconduct and will be dealt with in accordance with ANU policy.
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
You will submit a 1500-word research paper written in French and related to the content of the course (e.g., French phonetics, acquisition of French pronunciation, development of fluency in French). Your topic has to be approved by your instructor before no later than Week 3.
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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.
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.
No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
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.
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.
Assignments will be returned in class or individual feedback will be given on Wattle.
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
Distribution of grades policy
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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Second Language Acquisition, psycholinguistics, French as a foreign language
Dr Solene Inceoglu
Dr Solene Inceoglu