FREN221-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

French Language Acquisition : Intermediate A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


This is the third course in a sequence of French language acquisition courses offered by the programme. Students without the formal prerequisite, but with some previous knowledge of French, should consult the Programme Director to determine which course is the most appropriate.

This 15-point course is for students who have completed four/five years of French at school or have passed FREN122 (with a very good grade), and leads to FREN222. This is an intensive course, where French is increasingly used. Classes are organised to encourage you to learn French through using it. They are activity-based. You are encouraged to gain an active mastery of each new point by practising it.

This course can be credited towards a certificate in French language.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. An ability to comprehend more advanced conversations and express oneself in everyday conversational situations;
2. An ability to understand simple journalistic prose and to produce simple everyday memos, narrative and polemical prose;
3. An improved understanding of grammatical concepts and an overall grasp of the workings of the French language.

This course will also address key attributes of the UC Graduate Profile:
1. Have competence to use their knowledge of the French language in many situations;
2. Be enterprising in developing their language skills;
3. Understand the place of other international languages in the cultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand;
4. Acknowledge the community role of French in a land of many tourists, students and immigrants;
5. Be aware of the global reach of the French language in and beyond the many nations of la Francophonie

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.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

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.


FREN122, or
NCEA Level 3 French, or
placement test.


FREN123, FREN111

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 225
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
02 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 225
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Psychology - Sociology 210
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
02 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 242
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 James Logie 214-Language Lab
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
02 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 James Logie 214-Language Lab
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 30 May
02 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 210
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 30 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Eric Mouhica


Antonio Viselli


Lucia Sidonio


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Audio tests (2) 10% Worth 5% each
Assignments 24% Best 4 out of 5
Controle final (final tests) (2) 16%
Oral tests (2 worth 5% + 10%) 15%
Contribution/Mon Journal/Glossaire 10%
Online exercises 25%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Séverine Champeny; Imaginez ; 4th Edition; Vista Higher Learning, 2020.

The digital textbook can be purchased online at Vista Higher Learning

There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course.

Additional material for homework and/or self-learning is available on the computers in the Language Lab, James Logie 214. 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.


Students who wish to enrol at a level different from the one suggested by the programme should consult with the Head of programme.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All FREN221 Occurrences

  • FREN221-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021