Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Designed for those with little or no previous knowledge of French, this course introduces basic vocabulary and structures through a communicative approach. Students will also gain awareness and understanding of the French and Francophone cultures.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Use basic vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar at an elementary level, in written and spoken French.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of key aspects of French culture.

3. Use technology at an elementary level in the online assessments environment.

4. Understand simple texts and dialogues in French.


  • The course introduces basic vocabulary and fundamental sentence structures using real-life linguistic/cultural materials;
  • It concentrates on steadily building confidence and competence in the target language.

Assumed knowledge


This course is designed for students with no knowledge of the French language. Students who have some basic French are encouraged to enrol in FREN1200. Those with a more solid background in the French language (intermediate level), including HSC-level study, Continuers or Extension, should undertake 2000 or 3000 level courses for a more engaged learning experience.

Assessment items

Quiz: 3 online quizzes (15%)

In Term Test: 3 online tests (30%)

In Term Test: 1 online speaking test (20%)

Project: 1 final project (35%) *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Project: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Optional Face-to-face workshops (for self-directed study and/or support from lecturers) 1 hr per wk for 12 wks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

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