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FRNC1601: Introductory French 1

Intensive July, 2020 [Block mode] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit of study is designed for students with little or no formal experience in French. It aims to provide students with the tools to develop independent language learning skills. Through the introduction of authentic material in French, students will develop a mastery of the basic grammatical structures of the language, as well as awareness and understanding of the French and Francophone cultures. Upon completion of the unit, students are expected to reach the equivalent of A1.1. level of the Common European Framework for Languages in the four key skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Unit details and rules

Unit code FRNC1601
Academic unit French and Francophone Studies
Credit points 6
FRNC1621 or FRNC1631 or FRNC1101 or FRNC1201 or FRNC1301 or FRNC1501 or FRNC1611 or HSC French Extension or HSC French Continuers or HSC French Beginners or interstate equivalent.
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Sonia Wilson,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Oral exercice (video)
15% - eq 500 wd
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Online work
Online exercises
5% - eq 500 wds
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Small test Written test 1
Short answer
15% Mid-semester break eq 500 wds
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4
Small test Final written test
Short answer
25% Mid-semester break eq 1000 wds
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO5 LO4 LO3
Small test Oral test
oral/viva voce
30% Mid-semester break eq 1500 wds
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO2
Participation Class participation
10% Mid-semester break -
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2

Assessment summary

One mid session grammar test 15%

One video submission at end of week 1 15%

One final written test in last week 25%

One oral test 30%

Ongoing online work throughout session 5%

Participation 10%


Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Late penalties will be applied as per Assessment Procedures 2011

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Mid-semester break 1 Gender, être, avoir; countries, nationalities, introduce self and others. 2 Professions, months, seasons, seeking information about someone. 3 Present, articles, negation, leisure, likes and dislikes. 4 Possessive and demonstrative adjectives, imperative, numbers, time, family relations 5 Prepositions of location, routine, express feelings. 6 Interrogation and tonic pronouns, description 7 Imperfect, talk about habit in past 8 Past tenses 9 Review 10 Review 11-12 Tests Block teaching (48 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements


  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit will be available on Canvas.

It is recommended that students invest in a good bilingual dictionary (French-English or French-Chinese or French-Spanish etc) – for example, the Collins-Robert.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of simple conversations in everyday French
  • LO2. demonstrate the ability to interact at a basic level on familiar topics in French such as oneself, family, likes and dislikes, etc.
  • LO3. understand simple texts containing familiar vocabulary and decipher most important informations contained in a short written piece
  • LO4. understand and write a variety of short texts such as narrative recounts, summaries and descriptions in French
  • LO5. approach materials related to the French and Francophone world from a multicultural perspective, broadening interdisciplinary skills.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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Since this unit was last offered, it has been modified to online delivery in keeping with current health restrictions.


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