• Class Number 2017
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Leslie Barnes
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
    • Adeline Marty
SELT Survey Results

This course offers an introductory study of the language, giving grounding in basic communication skills, vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar sufficient to become functional at an elementary level, both in written and spoken French (e.g. learning tenses necessary to operate in the past, present and future). It introduces the reading of authentic short texts and provides listening practice to enable students to deal with everyday situations as well as to develop knowledge and understanding of French and francophone cultures and societies.

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. Communicate in basic French;
  2. Understand and reproduce aspects of French pronunciation, including vowels, consonants, and basic intonation;
  3. Compose short written texts;
  4. Describe aspects of the world in French, including family, work, studies and physical appearances; express preferences; make comparisons;
  5. Read and understand short authentic texts;
  6. Listen to/watch and understand short audio and video extracts;
  7. Appreciate aspects of contemporary francophone life and society and demonstrate awareness of the similarities and differences between their first cultures and francophone cultures.

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Preliminary: Le monde francophone
2 Preliminary: La négation, être, les noms féminins et masculins
3 Ch. 1: Les descriptions des gens
4 Ch. 1: Les adjectifs, les comparaisons, il y a, c'est v. il est
5 Ch. 2: Les verbes infinitifs et -er Test I
6 Ch. 2: Les adverbes, les interrogatifs, les inversions Mini-pronunciation test
7 Ch. 3: Avoir, les prépositions, la place de l'adjectif, les adjectifs possessifs et démonstratifs
8 Ch. 3: La place de l'adjectif, les adjectifs possessifs (cont) Composition
9 Ch. 4: Avoir (cont), aller, impératif (être et avoir)
10 Ch. 4: Le future immédiat, prendre, venir, impératif (cont) Test II
11 Ch. 5: Le passé composé, faire
12 Ch. 5: Les pronoms compléments d'objets directs (COD) Oral assessment

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
In-class test 1 15 % 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
In-class pronunciation mini-test 0 % 1, 2
In-class Composition 20 % 3, 4
In-class test 2 20 % 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Oral assessment 15 % 1, 2, 4
Homework 20 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Participation 10 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

* 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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

In-class test 1

This test will cover the grammatical and lexical material covered in the weeks prior to the test. It will include a listening component, grammar/vocabulary assessment, and a writing assessment. You will be assessed on your mastery of language elements taught in class (e.g., grammar and vocabulary), and on your ability to read, listen to, and compose short texts.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 0 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

In-class pronunciation mini-test

The pronunciation mini-test will take place in week 6. In week 5, you will be given 3 short paragraphs to prepare. On the day of the test, your instructor will choose which paragraph you are to read aloud for assessment. (While you will be assessed during class time, you will not be reading in front of the entire class.) You will be assessed on your ability to produce clear French vowel and consonant combinations and on your intonation.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4

In-class Composition

The composition will be 150 words. It will take place in the classroom in Week 8. You will be assessed on your mastery of language elements taught in class (e.g., grammar and vocabulary), and on your ability to compose a coherent, creative description. Rough details of the topic to follow.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

In-class test 2

This test will cover the grammatical and lexical material covered in the weeks prior to the test. This second test may be cumulative. It will include a listening component, grammar/vocabulary assessment, and a writing assessment. You will be assessed on your mastery of language elements taught in class (e.g., grammar and vocabulary), and on your ability to read, listen to, and compose short texts.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4

Oral assessment

The oral test will be a scenario (2-3 minutes) and recorded (not read from a script!) in Week 12. Please note that the instructions for this assessment item will be found on Wattle. You must follow the instructions posted on Wattle. You may record the text many times, but you may only submit your assignment once.You will be assessed on your accurate usage of grammatical and lexical itemsand the clarity of your pronunciation. Scenario to follow.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


You will have homework on MindTap after almost every class period (Mon-Thurs), and you will be expected to complete each week’s homework activities by the end of the week (Sun). As mentioned above, language learning requires regular effort and attention on your part. To succeed in your learning, you must be doing these activities as they are assigned.

Assessment Task 7

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


Language learning is a cumulative process and requires consistent effort on your part. This means coming to class prepared for that day’s content and activelytaking part in all classroom activities. You are expected to:

1.    have completed the preparation activities before coming to class (usually listening to thematic audio files, reading, and studying grammar points and vocabulary); 

2.    participate in pair and group work; 

3.    contribute to class discussion (usually by responding to instructor’s prompts); 

4.    attend all Monday lectures as well as Tues, Weds, and Thurs language classes. Registers will be taken at Monday lectures.

You will be assessed on your communication skills, your pronunciation, the development of your language skills (e.g., grammar and vocabulary), and on your demonstrated understanding of francophone cultures.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

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

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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. 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.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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).

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