• Class Number 2545
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ash Collins
    • Aurelie Dos Santos
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

This course aims to develop students' communicative competence in French at the advanced level. Drawing on a variety of authentic texts, including fiction, non-fiction and audio-visual materials from the 19th century to the present day, the course covers topics in advanced French grammar and expression in context. Through study of these texts and the varying cultural and historical frameworks with which they are in dialogue, we will develop your critical reading skills, deepen your knowledge of French grammar and refine your written and oral expression. The course centres on interactive language development tasks, such as pair and group work, and includes the study of longer and more complex texts, oral development work, and listening comprehension exercises. Through these exercises you will expand your knowledge of the wider francophone world, past and present.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. discuss a range of topical issues in French-speaking societies with relevant and well-informed cultural references, analyse different styles, genres and registers, and recognise implicit meaning in a variety of literary and other (written and aural) texts;
  2. identify and analyse the function of complex grammar, discursive structures, organizational patterns and connectors in context and demonstrate controlled use of these elements;
  3. provide critical feedback on the written work of classmates in collaborative peer-to-peer sessions;
  4. communicate fluently and spontaneously in small group, class and one-on-one interactions; and
  5. reflect on progress as learners.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction: Splendeurs et misères/Les adjectifs
2 La modernité/La comparaison
3 La beauté du misérable/La quantification
4 L'ennui/Le discours indirect
5 La moralité Examen I/Test I
6 La moralité Examen oral/ Oral exam
7 La sauvagerie/La négation
8 La sauvagerie/La cause et la conséquence Commencement de l'atelier d'écriture PàP/P2P writing workshop
9 La sauvagerie/L'opposition et la concession, le but
10 La sauvagerie/Les pronoms relatifs neutres et composés Devoir écrit/In-class essay
11 La destruction/Les indéfinis
12 L'étrangeté Examen II/Test II

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Oral exam 20% 20 % 1-5
In-class written assignment 15% 15 % 1-4
In-Class Tests 30% 30 % 1-3
Peer-to-peer writing workshop 20% 20 % 1,3,4
Participation and preparation 15% 15 % 1-4

* 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Oral exam 20%

The oral exam will consist of a 7-10min conversation with your instructor, to be scheduled during week 6. This conversation will be about the subjects and texts that we have studied in weeks 1 through 5 and will draw on the class discussions held throughout the first part of the semester. You will be assessed on your reading comprehension/mastery of the content, your ability to sustain a high-level conversation, your demonstrated lexical, grammatical, and syntactic capacity and your mastery of French phonetics. See Wattle for more details.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-4

In-class written assignment 15%

In Week 10 you will produce an 800-word assignment on the novel, L’Immoraliste, in response to questions given. This will take place in class. You will be assessed on your comprehension of the text, the organisation of your ideas and your written expression (incl. grammar, orthographe, vocabulary, etc). See Wattle for more details.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-3

In-Class Tests 30%

These tests will take place during Weeks 5 and 12. They will include a listening component, grammar/vocabulary assessment, and a reading comprehension assessment. You will be assessed on your mastery of language elements taught in class (e.g., grammar, expression, vocabulary), and on your comprehension and synthesis of written and spoken French.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4

Peer-to-peer writing workshop 20%

In the second half of the semester, you will be assigned to a peer-to-peer writing group, with whom you will meet three times between weeks 8 and 12. For these sessions, you will prepare short written responses that you will then share with your team. During the 1-hr sessions, you will work together to evaluate and revise each other’s writing; you will then re-write your text assimilating the feedback you have received. At the end of the third session, you will reflect briefly on the experience. You will submit all of this work as a dossier in Week 13. In addition to the quality of your written expression (grammar, expression, vocabulary, orthographe), you will be assessed on your ability to evaluate, synthesize and assimilate the feedback you have received as well as the feedback you have given your colleagues. See Wattle for more details. 

Assessment Task 5

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-4

Participation and preparation 15%

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 actively taking part in all classroom activities. You are expected to:

1) have completed any preparation activities before coming to class; 

2) actively participate in pair and group work; 

3) actively contribute to class discussion; 

4) complete homework activities in a timely manner

As you go forward, your language learning (and maintenance) will also become an increasingly independent process, requiring that you take responsibility for what you learn and how you learn it. As such, part of your participation in this course will include self-guided revisions and a language learning journal, where you will regularly take stock of your activities and reflect on your progress and ongoing challenges. See Wattle for more details. 

In class, 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. Your independent study journal will be assessed on the level of self-direction and reflection you demonstrate. Note that this assignment values quality over quantity.

Note that repeat tardiness will result in a lower class participation grade. Use of mobile phone is not allowed in class. Should you need to use your cell phone, please notify the instructor at the beginning of class. Use of computers will be tolerated to take notes, check online dictionaries, or to follow class discussion with the readings posted on Wattle. Your computer may not be used for any other reason, including email, social media, other classes, etc. Not complying with these requirements will result in a zero for class participation for the week. 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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).

Dr Ash Collins

Research Interests

Dr Ash Collins

By Appointment
Aurelie Dos Santos

Research Interests

Aurelie Dos Santos


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