FRNCH332-22B (HAM)

Advanced French 2

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper looks at current affairs, culture, history, the arts in France and francophone countries. Practice of advanced written and oral expression in French. More in-depth work so students can develop their knowledge of the French language and the varied and diverse aspects of French culture. Prerequisite: FRNCH232

Your knowledge of spoken French
At the start of this course it is assumed that you can converse reasonably fluently in French on everyday subjects. Your aim is to extend the range of your fluency—to make a sophisticated verbal presentation, to use a wider vocabulary, to talk about complex issues.

Your knowledge of written French
At the start of this course it is assumed that you know basic French grammar. The aim of this course is for you to further your knowledge of written French so you can write more in-depth essays. The progress that you make in this class through extensive vocabulary building and creative writing will serve you well.

Oral presentations will be expected and assessed.

Relevant material will be posted on Moodle and organised in a weekly structure.
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Paper Structure

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Lectures where students share the work they have done at home with their fellow students. Oral presentation required on specific topics given in class. Class notes will be posted on Moodle after each lecture.

If need arises lectures will be replaced by zoom meetings and oral presentations will be organised on Zoom.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Written and oral skills

    Improving students' writing and oral skills as well as their understanding of how French culture is extremely varied as the country is made up of many sub-cultures. A diversity of topics will be used usually linked with what is currently happening in the country: current affairs, current events and the arts.

    Communicate in spoken and written French to level C1 of the Common European Framework for Languages.
    See the English version of the Framework on the language site of the Council of Europe.

    Be able to recognise different registers of French
    Know the key features of how spoken French differs from written French.

    Further your knowledge of French.

    Linked to the following assessments:
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Internal assessment: 100%

30% = 3 assignments

15% = 2 tests

15% = Presentation

Final Test = 30%

Oral = 10%

If alert levels change submission for assignments, tests and final test will be through Moodle and presentations and orals via Zoom.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
2. Assignment 2
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. Test 1
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Assignment 3
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
5. Test 2
  • In Class: In Lecture
6. In-class presentation
  • In Class: In Lecture
7. Final Test
  • In Class: In Lecture
8. Oral
  • Other:
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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A list of readings will be provided in class.

Reading current news in the French newspapers Le Point, Le Monde, L'Obs and other regional newspapers.

You should own or have access to:
- a good French dictionary like Le Petit Robert or the Trésor de la langue française. Other online dictionaries like www.ledictionnaire.
com ( may also be suitable.

- a French-English dictionary (a Collins-Robert or Oxford-Hachette, for example, or (,
- a reference grammar. Le Point du FLE is good; so is googling something like ('French adjective agreements' or 'French il est vs c'est')
- a set of verb tables ( (

The Library has many dictionaries and grammars. Avoid Internet translation software—it's too unreliable for complex structures.

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Recommended Readings

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Further reading
Read recent French magazines online.
See links at websites above.
Borrow the Library’s copies of French BD like Astérix and Tintin.
Read short stories (by Daudet, Maupassant, Aymé, Gavalda and others), plays, poems and novels.
Try novels by modern writers like Nothomb or Gavalda.
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Other Resources

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Further writing
- Keep a diary in French.
- Use social media to connect with native French speakers studying English.
- Use social media to connect with other learners of French here and overseas.

Further speaking
Have lunch in French with other students in the class.

Further viewing

- Follow Youtubeurs and Youtubeuses see suggestions in this article (
and in the comments below it.
- Watch news online on channels like France 3 ( and RTS ( (Suisse)
- See French films screened in Hamilton or on TV (especially Māori TV’s weekend foreign films).
- Borrow French films from the University Library.
- Look out for French language shows on Netflix.

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Online Support

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Assignments, feedback, exercises, links and notices will be posted on the Moodle site for this paper at
Le Web ( has grammar, audio, chatrooms and lots of useful links for students of French.
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A fulltime year is defined as 120 points, equivalent to 1200 hours of study. This paper is worth 15 points, or 150 hours of study,
including lectures, working on assignments, revising for tests and wider reading in French.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Next year

Students of this paper should consider enrolling in INTLC301 research methods in international languages and INTLC317 French culture from Versailles to the Revolution.

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Prerequisite papers: FRNCH331 or FREN331




Restricted papers: FREN332

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