• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject French
  • Areas of interest European Languages, Language Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ash Collins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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This course aims to continue developing 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. conduct a small research project involving the identification of a research topic, the review of relevant literature, and the write-up of a research essay;
  4. provide critical feedback on the written work of classmates in collaborative peer-to-peer sessions; and
  5. reflect on progress as learners.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Oral exam (7-10 minutes) (20) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. In-class written assignment (800 words) (20) [LO 1,2]
  3. Two in-class grammar tests (1.5 hours x2) (30) [LO 2,5]
  4. Peer-to-peer writing workshop (1000 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Participation and preparation/ Independent learning journal) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

- 42 hours of class time per semester, and

- 88 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed FREN3008 or FREN3010, or have equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test, or with permission of the convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed FREN3009, FREN6011 or FREN6509.

Prescribed Texts

Though required materials will be announced on Wattle, students must obtain a copy of Marguerite Duras, L'Amant (1984).


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7534 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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