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FREN105 Intensive French for Beginners

An introduction to French for students with little or no previous knowledge of the language. The paper takes an integrated approach to the skills of language acquisition, focusing on practical survival skills.

Do you want to learn another language and be able to travel with confidence in more than 30 countries or add a new skill to your degree? This intensive course engages students in learning the basic vocabulary and structures of French. The teaching methodology is student-centred, with the lecturer acting as facilitator, and the ultimate goal of this paper is to make the students independent users of French.

Paper title Intensive French for Beginners
Paper code FREN105
Subject French
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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FREN 101, FREN 131 and FREN 132 or any other more advanced French language paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Suitable for students with little or no prior knowledge of French.
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Dr Christiane Leurquin
Paper Structure

In FREN 105, you will gain skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in order to communicate in French about your life, your friends and family, your studies and your leisure-time activities. You will also be introduced to French and other francophone cultures through 10 hours of lectures per week.

Teaching Arrangements

Teaching consists of a 2-hour morning class Monday to Friday, with a mix of lecture-type and tutorial activities.


'Vis-à-vis', Amon, Muyskens, Omaggio, and Hadley, eds. McGraw Hill (online, or printed versions).

Course outline
To be advised.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon successfully completing this paper students will demonstrate beginner communicative competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening in French, in particular:

  • Understanding and using familiar expressions and basic phrases, related to areas of most immediate relevance
  • Introducing themselves and communicating in simple and routine languages tasks on familiar matters
  • Interacting in simple terms about aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need (A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system