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    An extension of the communicative approach seeking to develop linguistic skills appropriate to students’ future career and social needs.

    Are you interested in advancing your knowledge of one of the most important world languages? This paper aims to continue to build on basic skills in French through the study of aspects of French language, history and culture.

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced 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 211 or FREN 232
    FREN 311, FREN 331, FREN 334 or any other more advanced French language paper
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    If you have previous knowledge of the language you can still enrol in this paper via Special Permission by proceeding with your application process to the Review and Submit page or email for assistance.
    Classes are primarily delivered in French.
    Teaching staff
    Dr Barbara Stone
    Paper Structure
    The grammar content of the paper includes the subjunctive and present participle as well as revisiting grammar points from 200-level in more detail. Course materials provide cultural content from the Affaire Dreyfus through gastronomy and French popular music to the Macron presidency. Clips from recent French films are incorporated into classes.
    Teaching Arrangements
    There are four contact hours per week: three language classes and an oral class with a native speaker.

    A set of course materials are available for purchase from UniPrint or downloadable from Blackboard. The "French Grammar" handbook is recommended and may be purchased from UniPrint or the relevant chapters downloaded from Blackboard.

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

    Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

    • Communicate in French at an advanced level (B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or CEFR), including aural comprehension
    • Improve pronunciation
    • Improve basic grammar
    • Hone writing skills
    • Expand vocabulary in a range of historical and cultural topics
    • Increase knowledge of French language, history and culture


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 16:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22
    Tuesday 16:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 16:00-16:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22

    Oral Class

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10-12, 15-22
    A2 Friday 12:00-12:50 10-12, 15-22
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