FREN121-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

French Language Acquisition: Beginners A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This is an introductory course for students who have no previous knowledge of French. It is the first course in a sequence of six French language acquisition courses offered by the Programme.

This course is for those who have no previous knowledge of the French language, or very little. It provides students with knowledge of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary, and an understanding of some everyday French social customs and non-verbal communication.

Students in this course are expected to:

                 • be prepared to contribute actively in both lectures and tutorials they attend.
                 • sit the tests required for assessment.

Note on attendance:  Languages are learned by doing, and the tutorial-style sessions in this course are designed to create an atmosphere in which students can try out their language skills on each other.  If you do not attend regularly and do not keep up with the work, you will therefore not only be hindering your own progress, but you will also be holding back the other students with whom you are working.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course you will acquire skills in all four areas of the language (reading, writing, speaking and listening).  By the end of the course you should have acquired:

1. Basic knowledge and understanding of French grammar and sentence patterns;
2. Understanding of appropriate everyday expressions and behaviours in context; some basic    knowledge of French culture;
3. Basic ability to grammatically analyse and comprehend simple French texts;
4. Ability to conduct basic conversations and communicate effectively, using basic French grammar and expressions in everyday situations (such as greetings, introductions, shopping, telling the time, asking directions and ordering food).
5. Ability to write simple sentences;
6. Heightened linguistic sensitivity facilitating the acquisition of other non-English languages;
7. Awareness of some everyday French social customs and non-verbal communication;
8. Knowledge of current affairs in France and the Francophone world in a global context;
9. Awareness of the multicultural and multilingual contexts of France and Francophone countries.

These sociolinguistic examples will draw parallels with Aotearoa.
Students who pass this course with good marks have the opportunity to do just as well in FREN122 in the second semester.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


FREN104, FREN127, FREN120

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 - (23/3, 20/4, 4/5-25/5)
Jack Erskine 445 (17/2-16/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
02 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 - (23/3, 20/4, 4/5-25/5)
Psychology - Sociology 456 (17/2-16/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 - (24/3, 21/4-26/5)
Rehua 329 (18/2-17/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
02 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 - (24/3, 21/4-26/5)
Rehua 002 Lectorial (18/2-17/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 - (25/3, 22/4-27/5)
Psychology - Sociology 456 (19/2-18/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
02 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 - (25/3, 22/4-27/5)
A8 Lecture Theatre (19/2-18/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 24 May
02 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 24 May
03 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 24 May
04 Tuesday 17:00 - 19:30 Online Delivery 16 Mar - 22 Mar

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Eric Mouhica


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Participation in tutorials and lectures 10% Attendance and Mon journal
Quizzes on Learn (5 worth 4% each) 20% Due 11.55pm on Tuesdays
Online homework 10% Due weekly
Mini tests (4 worth 5% each) 20% Due weeks 4,6, 8 and 10
Devoirs (assignments) (2 worth 5% each) 10% Due weeks 5 & 9
Oral test 10% Due week 10
Final in-class test 20% Week 12

Textbooks / Resources

The required textbook is Français Interactif. It is available for free online, and we recommend that you download several chapters at a time. The website is
The companion website, full of clearly explained grammar points, is
FREN121 will cover from the start up to Chapter 6 (inclusive).

There is an important Learn (Moodle) component to this course.

Additional material for homework and/or self-learning is available on the computers in the Language Labs, room 339, Jack Erskine Building. You can work there on your own when they are not booked for regular classes.

Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides:

Course links

Library portal
LEARN The Course Outline is available for enrolled students on LEARN.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All FREN121 Occurrences

  • FREN121-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020