French Language and Culture I

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    French Language and Culture I

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    French, French Culture, International Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    study abroad students with faculty approval

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    8
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    5
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7
  • Overview

    Description
    This subject is designed to provide students who have no prior knowledge of the French language with basic reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. It also facilitates an understanding of and engagement with the sociocultural contexts in which the language is used. Students take an active part in learning activities to practise and consolidate their language skills with their peers.
    Subject objectives
    A. Communicate effectively in oral and written form, in French, within the range of situations set out in the subject program. This roughly corresponds to the skill set for students at the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
    B. Demonstrate critical cultural awareness of and intercultural competencies relating to Francophone peoples and societies.
    C. Effectively employ strategies and resources for independent learning as relevant to the subject program.
    D. Critically and creatively engage with the specific topics discussed in the subject program.
    Contribution to the development of graduate attributes
    This subject engages with the following Bachelor of Arts International Studies Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
    1. Professional Readiness
    1.1. Graduates will have the capacity to operate appropriately in intercultural professional contexts
    1.2. Graduates will demonstrate the application of international knowledge as adaptable, flexible and resourceful practitioners
    3. International and Intercultural Engagement
    3.1 Graduates will be able to personally reflect upon the relationship between diverse cultures in Australia while confidently engaging with cultures overseas, particularly in this region
    5. Active Citizenship
    5.1. As informed and engaged international citizens graduates will demonstrate cosmopolitan openness, with an awareness of, and commitment to, ethical practices
    6. Effective Communication
    6.1. Graduates will possess a high-level of oral and written communication skills in English and at least one other language
    Teaching and learning strategies
    In line with the UTS Model of internationalised and practice-based learning, the following learning strategies are embedded in this subject:
    Flipped learning: Using class time for interactive practice and advancement of skills through work in pairs, small and large groups and/or presentations.
    Blended learning: Preparation for lessons with exercises and reading/listening/viewing activities; effective use of resources supplied to support learning. As this is an 8 credit point subject, the approximate time commitment expected from students is 12 hours per week, including class time.
    Inquiry-based learning: Students will customise their learning experience to promote their engagement with francophone peoples and societies.
    Immersive language classroom: Students are expected to use only French when communicating with each other or with their teacher in class.
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Journals
    Objective(s):
    A, B, C and D
    Weight: 20%
    Length:
    Variable. See guidelines for each task.
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Lexical and grammatical accuracy 30 A, C 6.1
    Variety, originality and demonstration of the full range of vocabulary and structures studied 20 A, D 1.2
    Organisation and coherence of ideas 15 A, C 6.1
    Engagement with and appropriate use of source texts as relevant to the task 15 B, C, D 3.1
    Appropriate use of cultural conventions relevant to the task 20 A, B 1.2
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 2: Oral skills assessment
    Objective(s):
    A, B and D
    Weight: 40%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Variety, originality and demonstration of the full range of vocabulary and structures 20 A, D 1.2
    Lexical and grammatical accuracy 20 A 6.1
    Appropriate use of cultural conventions and/or communication strategies relevant to the task 30 A, B 1.1
    Intelligibility of pronunciation (use of appropriate intonation/stress) 15 A 6.1
    Degree of fluency (rate and speed of utterance) 15 A 6.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 3: Test
    Objective(s):
    A, B and C
    Weight: 30%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Comprehension of spoken and written French 30 A 6.1
    Lexical and grammatical accuracy 40 A, B, C 6.1
    Variety, originality and demonstration of the full range of vocabulary and structures studied 15 A, B, C 1.2
    Organisation and coherence of ideas 15 A 6.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 4: Contribution to in-class learning
    Objective(s):
    A, B, C and D
    Weight: 10%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Consistent participation, in French, in class and group discussions at a level that reflects thorough preparation for the classroom tasks 50 A, B, C 6.1
    Progression of the discussion or activity via comments, questions and/or answers 50 A, B, C, D 5.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Minimum requirements
    In order to pass this subject, you must earn an overall total of 50 marks or more for the subject.
    Attendance at tutorials is important in this subject because the development of the linguistic skills and proficiency depends on active and frequent use of the target language. An attendance roll will be taken at each class. Where possible, students should advise the tutor in a timely manner if they are unable to attend. Students who are absent for an in-class speaking assessment will receive a mark of zero for that assessment item unless valid documentation (medical certificate etc) is provided

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.