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Information relevant to 2003 – Discipline/School Information

French – School of English, Journalism and European Languages

Coordinator: Dr A Hafez-Ergaut (semester 1); Dr B Peeters (semester 2)

Students of French are motivated not only by the practical benefits of fluency in this important European language, but also by the educational benefits of studying a language situated at an interesting linguistic and cultural distance from English. French is spoken all over the world and widely used in many industries and fields of activity such as tourism, diplomacy and trade, to name but a few. It allows access to numerous forms of knowledge and experience. On the other hand, it is undeniable that learning how to speak and write French brings interesting and valuable insights in the way in which one’s own native language is constructed, thereby providing much improved writing skills. Francophone culture, from Descartes to Lacan, from the Palais de Versailles to the Pyramide du Louvre, from the Chanson de Roland to Françoise Sagan, from Couperin to Ravel, from Edith Piaf to Céline Dion, from Renoir to Magritte, from Simone Signoret to Gérard Depardieu, appeals across all continents. French is a continually fascinating and useful area of study.

A broad range of units is offered to cater for students with no former knowledge of French to students who have completed secondary awards in French and want to continue their studies by concentrating on perfecting their language skills. Having gained a certain fluency in the language, students can go on to specialise in the study of French literature or linguistics at levels 200 and 300. Our section aims towards approaching these disciplines as they are studied in French-speaking countries and emphasises contemporary approaches to language and text; literature units, for example, focus on the development of students’ ability to express themselves in French on literary topics; linguistics units provide students with insights into the real functioning of the French language. Other units offered include Business French, and a survey of French cinema.

Most units are offered on two-year or three-year cycles. If a unit is not being offered this year (2003), it may be offered next year or the year after. Check unit details for confirmation.

Students who obtain high results in third year may continue their studies at fourth-year level with advanced language study and a research subject. The French section also offers the possibility of studying French at postgraduate level. Various opportunities exist to pursue study in a French-speaking country, through scholarships and exchange agreements. Work undertaken elsewhere may be credited towards a degree at the University of Tasmania.

Major in French for students enrolled in a Bachelor degree

Two routes are available, depending on the previous knowledge of enrolling students:

Route (a) :

25% at 100 level; not less than 37.5% at 200 level; not less than 37.5% at 300 level.

Route (b) :

not less than 37.5% at 200 level; not less than 62.5% at 300 level.

Each of these involves a minimum of three years study including three successfully completed core units.

Students who have studied French below Stage 4 or who have not previously studied the language should take route (a) and enrol in French 1 (HEF100). This unit, which has no prerequisite, is designed to bring students to a competence equivalent at least to TCE French Stage 4. Students who have been awarded an OA or an HA in TCE French Stage 4 (or an equivalent result in an equivalent program) should normally take route (b) and immediately enrol in French Language Skills 2 (HEF201). HEF201 is an advanced post-TCE course which places its main stress on the development of a sound command of the four language skills - listening, reading, speaking and writing.

N.B. Students who have been awarded an SA in TCE French Stage 4 (or an equivalent result in an equivalent program) and, more generally, students who are not sure whether to enrol in HEF100 or HEF201 should consult the subject coordinator. Transfers from HEF100 to HEF201 and vice versa are possible early in the year after consultation and on the strength of results achieved by the student.

Students who commenced a language major before 2001

For students studying French, a major consists of a minimum of 112.5% HECS weighting normally made up of:

25% at level 100
not less than 37.5% at level 200, plus
not less than 50% at level 300.

Students commencing at level 200 normally take

not less than 50% at level 200, plus
not less than 62.5% at level 300.

Level 200/300 units offered in 2003

Unit title campus offered weight prereq coreq m.excl enrol code
Core units (full year)
French Language Skills 2 Hobart: (full-year) ie semesters 1 & 2 25% HEF100 or TCE French Stage 4 (HA) or equiv     HEF201
French Language Skills 3 Hobart: (full-year) ie semesters 1 & 2 25% HEF201 or equiv     HEF301
French Language Skills 3B Hobart: (full-year) ie semesters 1 & 2 25% HEF301 or equiv     HEF302
Electives offered in 2003
Semester 1
Twentieth Century French Theatre Hobart: semester 1 12.5% HEF100 or TCE French Stage 4 (HA) or equiv     HEF221/321
French for Tourism and Business Hobart: semester 1 12.5% HEF100 or TCE French Stage 4 (HA) or equiv     HEF303
Research Project (French) Hobart: may be taken in semester 1 OR semester 2 12.5% HEF201 or equiv     HEF331
Semester 2
French Linguistics: An Overview Hobart: semester 2 12.5% HEF100 or TCE French Stage 4 (HA) or equiv     HEF210/310
French Literature: An Overview Hobart: semester 2 12.5% HEF201 or equiv     HEF320
Research Project (French) Hobart: may be taken in semester 1 OR semester 2 12.5% HEF201 or equiv     HEF331

N.B. Native speakers of French should consult the subject coordinator for information concerning a suitable course of study. Other students with some background in French, upon recommendation of the subject coordinator, may be accepted immediately into second or even third year French electives.

Degree students may not enrol in a lower and a higher level of the language concurrently and may not enrol in a lower level after they have passed a higher level of the same language.

Single units in the French program

Students who wish to include French in a degree other than the BA and whose degree structure prevents them from taking a full major or minor may choose to concentrate on learning the language and further developing their linguistic competence. They should take (part of) the following sequence:

Unit title campus offered weight prereq coreq m.excl enrol code
French 1 Hobart: (full-year) ie semesters 1 & 2 25%       HEF100
French Language Skills 2 Hobart: (full-year) ie semesters 1 & 2 25% HEF100 or TCE French Stage 4 (HA) or equiv     HEF201
French for Tourism and Business Hobart: semester 1 12.5% HEF100 or TCE French Stage 4 (HA) or equiv     HEF303
French Language Skills 3 Hobart: (full-year) ie semesters 1 & 2 25% HEF201 or equiv     HEF301
French Language Skills 3B Hobart: (full-year) ie semesters 1 & 2 25% HEF301 or equiv     HEF302

Students who wish to include French in a degree other than the BA and whose degree structure prevents them from enrolling in a year-long unit selected from the list above may be allowed to enrol for one semester only. Contact the discipline coordinator for further details.

French 4 (Honours)

A major in French totalling at least 112.5%, with a distinction in HEF302 or a high distinction in HEF301, is required for entry, together with a GPA of 7 or better. Students wishing to pursue study at honours level are invited to consult with the subject coordinator at the earliest possible opportunity.

Postgraduate

Students who successfully complete the French 4 (Honours) year with a result of HU (Upper Second-class Honours) or above may apply to enrol in a postgraduate degree by research at the University. Interested students should consult the subject coordinator.

Diploma in Languages, specialising in French

The French section also offers a Diploma in Languages, specialising in French. The Diploma is for those with or without a previous degree who wish to upgrade their language competence. Students must consult the subject coordinator before enrolling. They will need to have successfully completed HEF100 or TCE French Stage 4 (HA). The course consists of two or three years part time study and involves 50% at level 200 in French and 50% at level 300 in French.

Location and notices

The French staff are located at the Hobart campus on the top floor of the Humanities Building.

The office of the Administration Officer of English, Journalism and European Languages, to whom enquiries should be directed in the first instance, is (Hbt) Room 557. The French section’s notice board is opposite Room 568. Please do not hesitate to contact the School in person or by telephone, (03) 6226 2347, if you have any questions about the information in this Handbook. Staff may be consulted during their office hours, as posted.

Preparing for the course

At levels 200 and 300, a good dictionary and reference grammar are indispensable. The following are recommended:

Collins Robert French Dictionary,

Oxford Hachette French Dictionary

(both available in various formats)

L’Huillier M, Advanced French Grammar, CUP

Morton J, English Grammar for Students of French, Olivia & Hill

Also very useful are Le Petit Robert and Le Petit Larousse .


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