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    Intensive French language for beginners and very near beginners.

    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 paper 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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Introductory French 1
    Subject French
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    FREN 101, FREN 105 and FREN 132 or any other more advanced French language paper
    Schedule C
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    (i) Students who have passed FREN105 may be admitted to FREN131 on a case-by-case basis. (ii) This paper is for beginners only and is not available to students who have passed NCEA Level 2 or 3 (or equivalent) in French. For further information, contact the Programme Coordinator (
    Suitable for students with little or no prior knowledge of French.
    Teaching staff

    Frédéric Dichtel

    Paper Structure

    In FREN 131, you will gain skills (in listening, speaking, reading and writing) for communicating 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 3 hours of lectures per week and a 1-hour tutorial each week.

    Teaching Arrangements
    Three lectures per week plus one tutorial.

    To be advised.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complte this paper will demonstrate beginner communicative competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening in French, in particular:

    • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type
    • Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details, such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has
    • Can interact in a simple way, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help (level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or CEFR)


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
    Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-22
    A2 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-22
    A3 Thursday 13:00-13:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-22
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