Course syllabus



Course name: Introductory French Language 1.

Course code: FRENCH 101, FRENCH 101G (i.e. General Education course code).

Points value: 15 points.

Restrictions: May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed.

Course Director & Coordinator: Madame Viviane Lopes.

Course Description

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FRENCH 101 introduces you to spoken and written French, and does not count towards a major in French.

May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed.

This course is designed for beginners or near beginners.  If you have achieved the following, you should enrol in FRENCH 102.

  • 24 recent credits in Level 1 NCEA French, or
  • 12-16 recent credits in Level 2 NCEA French (or equivalent previous study)

This is an intensive, four-skill language course. It is delivered through four 90-minute on campus classes per week, focusing on oral and written production, blended with an online component that uses up-to-date methodology and extensive multimedia materials to introduce and practise language structure and vocabulary.

Course aims & objectives

Features of the French language will be presented, in French, and practised in the four skills areas of reading, listening, speaking and writing; by the end of the course, in order to obtain a pass grade, you must demonstrate an overall command of both oral and written French equivalent to DELF A1 language competency on topics covered in class.

Weekly topics

Units 1e & 2e Etapes followed by chapters 1-4 inclusive of Deux Mondes, A Communicative Approach (textbook details below).

Teaching format

Four weekly 90mn class sessions (on campus), blended with online multimedia learning.


Students are expected to spend around 20-25 hours a week over 6.5 weeks on the course (i.e. teaching, study break, and examination weeks); for an average student, the overall course workload breakdown could be as follows: 33 hours on-campus taught classes and 10-12 hours revisions; 44-46 hours online multimedia learning; 25-30 hours assignment work; 10-12 hours test revisions; 20-24 hours final exam preparation.

Learning resources

Connect Plus registration code for Deux Mondes: A Communicative Approach (7th ed.), McGraw-Hill, 2013; the registration code, which must be purchased new, grants access to both an e-book copy of the above prescribed text and to online multimedia coursework assignments. Free access to online coursebuilder course Cliquez-ici! created by University of Auckland with daily lesson plans.

Assessment weightings: 60% coursework, 40% final exam (2 hours, closed book).

Assessment breakdown: Coursework includes online multimedia assignments (weighted 10%), oral performance (weighted 20%), in-class tests (weighted 30%), and  final exam (weighted 40%).


Well-being always comes first

We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

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