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For those who have completed Intermediate French 3 or the equivalent, this course aims to enhance your French language skills through creative and critical responses to literature, current affairs and social issues to develop vocabulary and extend grammar. Cultural aspects of France and Francophone countries will be an important focus of the course.

Course outline

The course will cover grammar, introducing the conditional and pluperfect tenses, the order of pronouns and 'venir de' and 'en train de' constructions, and vocabulary, presented in authentic situations.

Each lesson will include oral exercises, which may be formal or informal, impromptu or rehearsed, such as recounting events in the recent and distant past, and aural exercises based on a range of sources such as music or literature. A regular conversation and discussion section with a mix of set and selected topics will also increase your ability to speak French. An example is viewing and responding to the French President's address to the nation.

Guest speakers will also be invited for conversation practice and cultural awareness. Excursions to French films and activities and soirées organised by the Alliance française are other sources of listening and conversation practice.

Knowledge of French and Francophone culture, etiquette, and sensitivities will be an important part of the course. While the emphasis of the course is on developing conversational and reading skills, you will also have regular opportunities to practise your written skills in class and in exercises to be completed at home, for instance, devising hypothetical scenarios.

You will be encouraged to devote time out of class for revision and preparation in order to 'bien profiter du cours'. You will also be strongly encouraged to explore the many resources available for French learners: on the internet, the French collection at the Woden Public Library, French music and the French program on FM radio, French films and documentaries as well as the news program 20 Heures on SBS. Activities organised by the Alliance française are another valuable resource.

Learning outcomes

You should be able to communicate with French speakers in a range of complex situations, for instance, an extended conversation over the phone or responding to a presentation by a guest speaker. You will also develop an appreciation of the Francophone world through exposure to authentic texts, for example, from historical events, television news, internet sites and magazines.

Who should enrol

The course is designed for those interested in, and who enjoy, deepening their knowledge and appreciation of the French language and culture. You should be familiar with the present, passé composé, imperfect, and future tenses, reflexive verbs, the imperative mood, direct and indirect object pronouns, negative constructions and the use of the pronouns 'en' and 'y'.