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1) LECTURES & TUTORIALS There are two streams of classes and students are expected to attend all 4 hours corresponding to their stream: Stream 1: Monday 10am-12pm (CAG 14) with AP Simon Kitson. Tuesday 10-11am (HSB 211) and Thursday 12-1pm (HSB 902) with Viviane Lopes

Stream 2: Monday 12-2pm (CAG 10) with AP Simon Kitson. Friday 12-2pm (07 WYN) with Viviane Lopes

* Allocated rooms may change: please check SSO before the first days of class.

2) TEACHING STAFF - Course co-ordinator Associate Professor Simon KITSON, 206 737, (Office hours: Monday 24pm or by appointment) - Course Tutor Viviane Lopes, 206 743, (office hours Thursday 10-11am. and Friday 10-11am, or by appointment)

3.1) SET TEXT You are required to have a copy of Alter Ego 5 Manuel (course-book) by Michel Guilloux, Ccile Herry, Sylvie Pons, and Catherine Dallez, Hachette FLE, 2010, available from UBS. The coursebook comes with an audio CD which will be necessary for the assignments (Devoirs). A course pack will be available to buy at UBS or to download from CECIL.

3.2) RECOMMENDED TEXT Jacqueline Olliviers Grammaire franaise, which provides a comprehensive and systematic overview of French grammar along with practice exercises, is strongly recommended as a supplement to the textbook and is available from the library and UBS. All texts are available in the Short Term Loan Library in the Student Centre.

4) LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of the course, in order to obtain a pass grade, students must demonstrate a competent working knowledge of vocabulary, linguistic structures and cultural content covered in Alter Ego 5, chapters 1 to 5 included, as well as in supplementary authentic documents (texts, songs, films). Students will demonstrate a good level of comprehension of authentic journalistic or literary texts or audio-visual documents, film dialogues, songs and current affairs. They will be able to read confidently and converse fluently in French on a wide range of topics. They will be capable of presenting a sustained verbal and written argument, of producing a concise, written summary of an authentic text, of writing a piece of creative writing in French. This will correspond to a level C1 of DELF examinations.

5) CLASSES & WORKLOAD EXPECTIONS This intensive language course consists of four class hours per week over a twelve-week semester. In accordance with the University of Auckland workload guidelines, you are expected to spend an average of ten hours per week on the course over 15 weeks, hence 150 hours total. Students are expected to attend 4 hours a week of classes for this course. If you miss a class the onus will be on you to catch up on any work missed in your own time. Students who do not attend regularly will put themselves at a disadvantage regarding course participation marks. In addition to class hours, students are expected to spend at least six hours per week on homework to prepare for class, reading to extend their knowledge, written work to review grammatical points covered, specific listening comprehension activities, revision and test preparation. While there is no formal lab work credited in the assessment, specific oral comprehension work will be given to practice for the two tests, and the viewing of specific news broadcasts (journaux tlviss) will be a weekly requirement. Participation is the discussion groups set up will also be expected and rewarded. This participation will involve contributing to class discussions and working constructively in pairs or groups. For an average student, the breakdown could be as follows: 48 hours of class 15-25 hours assessed assignments 40-60 hours homework, class preparation and test revision 20-30 hours exam preparation Students are expected to come fully prepared to class and to participate actively in the different class activities, be they in pair-work, group or full-class formats.


6.1) ORAL PERFORMANCE GRADE You will receive two grades for your oral performance in class: an indicative grade after midsemester, and the second, a formal grade, at the end of the semester.

Assessment will be based on general class participation, group or pair work and exposs. Regular attendance and active, competent participation in all activities is essential to obtaining a pass grade. Assessment will be based on 85% of classes on average. This grade is designed to reward overall oral participation, in recognition of the fact that this is an important part of the learning process and is essential to the success of the course. The quality of written work done in class will not be taken into consideration for the oral grade. Students will be expected to follow French current affairs and every week a group will present the key events covered by French news.

Students dissatisfied with their oral performance grade may choose to sit an oral test at the end of the term. If they choose to do so they forfeit their previous oral grade. This test will be held during the last week of classes, time and place to be arranged. The format of this oral test will be detailed during the semester.

6.2) ASSIGNMENTS (Devoirs) Five writing assignments will be set during the course, each covering a chapter studied. Students will be credited with the best 4 out of 5. Assignments will be in the form of listening comprehensions (using the Alter Ego CD or Internet sources), grammar exercises and short guided essays corresponding to key academic forms. Techniques of compte rendu, rsum, essai argumentatif, composition crative and lettre administrative will be practised in class.

6.3) TESTS There will be two Tests to assess the students listening comprehension skills and knowledge of the language forms studied in class. These will consist of: - listening comprehension questions pertaining to an authentic conversation, interview, announcement or news item, of 5-8 minutes in length, heard 3 times. - a dictation (approx. 100 words) where studied vocabulary and grammar will be prominent. - written production.

6.4) FINAL WRITTEN EXAM (3 hours) This three-hour written exam will comprise three sections: In section 1, the students are expected to write either a compte-rendu or a rsum of an unstudied text whose topic will be relevant to material covered in class (300 words). In section 2, the students will present an essai argument upon a particular topic seen in class

(300-400 words). In section 3, the students will produce a piece of creative writing (300-400 words). A more detailed exam outline will be available during the semester. For further information, see the second semester 2012 final exam available on LEARN ( Please note: the exam is compulsory. You cannot pass the course if you fail to sit the written exam, regardless of coursework marks.

7) MISSED COURSEWORK POLICY: TESTS AND ASSIGNMENTS For full University policy on missed tests and exams, and on compassionate consideration for tests and exams, please refer to the University of Auckland 2013 Calendar, or Students are encouraged to approach their tutor in advance of due dates to discuss the problem of missed tests, compassionate consideration and/or late assignments.

7.1) Missed Tests Failure to sit any test or exam will normally result in a 0 grade for that test. It is your responsibility to take careful note of test dates and make sure you are free at these times. If you are unable to sit a test because of sickness, you must see a doctor on the day of the test/exam, and apply for an aegrotat using the form available from the Student Health Centre. The application must be made within seven days of the test.

7.2) Compassionate Consideration for events other than illness Exceptional circumstances beyond a students control which prevent the sitting of an exam or test, or which seriously impair either exam preparation or performance, can be taken into account if suitable evidence is provided. Use the application form available from the Student Health Centre. The application must be made within seven days of the test.

7.3) Late Assignments When deadlines for assignments are missed, consideration of late work is given only at the discretion of the tutor and course co-ordinator. If the work is accepted, the course co-ordinator may impose a penalty (for example, 10% reduction in score each day overdue).

8) PLAGIARISM The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for

grading must be the student's own work, reflecting his or her learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to internet sources on the world-wide web. A students assessed work may be reviewed against electronic source material using computerised detection mechanisms. Upon reasonable request, students may be required to provide an electronic version of their work for computerised review. Please consult the University Policy Document:

9) ONLINE NOTICES & MARKS Make sure you know how to access the Universitys online course administration system, CECIL. See for log-in instructions. We will be using the system to make announcements and posting assignments and extra resources. You can also use the system to view grades.


Online resources: the course co-ordinator will be posting on CECIL a list of useful online resources which students may consult. In the case of the journaux televises (TV news programmes), students will be formally required to view the online material.

Subtitled French films: many subtitled French films are available on video and DVD for viewing in the audio-visual library.

Alliance franaise dAuckland: the Alliance organises a host of cultural and social activities (breakfasts, art exhibitions, parties, wine tastings, fashion shows, theatre workshops) at which you can meet with French speakers, Francophiles and students of the language. There is also an extensive library with books (1 month) and videos for one week hire. Discounted membership is available for University students.

Online news sources: It is possible to listen to the daily French news broadcast . This website also gives you access to podcasts of a number of French programmes including sport, soap-operas and documentaries. is also an extremely useful source for following current affairs. You can access it online or through Unisat. Access is through any computer on the University network including the Information Commons. Go to the UniSat "On-demand" page and look under the TV5 heading:

FRENCH 305 Semester 2 2013 Course Planner: