FRENCH 101/101G : Introductory French Language 1


2024 Summer School (1240) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Introduces students to spoken and written French. It is delivered through two 90-minute sessions per week on campus, blended with an on-line component that uses up-to-date methodology and extensive multimedia materials. It is open to beginners or near beginners. Students who have achieved 24 recent credits in Level 1 NCEA French or 12-16 recent credits in Level 2 NCEA French (or equivalent previous study) should enrol in FRENCH 102. FRENCH 101 does not count towards a major in French. May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed.

Course Overview

Over 12 weeks of teaching students will obtain basic proficiency in French in a variety of situations, through the introduction and extensive practice in grammar, vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading and writing in relation to contemporary cultural topics, focusing primarily on France and the Francophone world.
Language Content covered will be as follows:
• Weeks 1-2: Introductions, greetings, numbers, alphabet, descriptions, university, calendar, age
• Weeks 3-4: Family life, activities, hobbies, daily routines, sports, work, future projects and wishes
• Weeks 5-6: City life, directions, shops, transportation, neighbourhoods, accommodation, household objects and chores
By the end of the course, students obtaining a pass grade will demonstrate elementary proficiency in French, will have a working vocabulary of 400-600+ words and will be able to understand (via listening and reading) and communicate (via speaking and writing) very basic information, in the above (present and future) situations.
The course is taught mostly in French, however grammar and vocabulary explanations are also provided in English. Moreover, we recognise that translation (and comparing certain aspects of the structure of French and English) can have a useful role to play in language learning.
As a Blended Learning course, students are expected to work independently with specifically designed Cliquez-Ici online lessons and the Deux Mondes textbook (up to the end of Chapter 4) and online assignments. Language features introduced, explained, practised and revised during independent study will provide the focus for further practice and communicatively focused (oral and written) language tasks undertaken in class. Class activities include interaction in pairs, small groups, or with the whole class.
Regular, active participation is therefore expected in class, and must be accompanied by a clear commitment to independent learning and preparation.
Please consult the following webpage for information regarding enrolment in language courses:

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 2: Sustainability
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Communicate in French. Develop linguistic skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading) via engagement with the specific content set out in the course overview and weekly planner (Capability 1, 5, 6 and 7)
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of French culture and society (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  3. Collaborate actively with classmates in discussions and collaborative learning (Capability 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8)
  4. Evaluate and reflect honestly on one's own learning, choose and commit to best strategies, identify deficiencies and remedial work necessary to consolidate and improve learning (Capability 3, 4, 5 and 8)
  5. Relate course content to one's personal and social situation (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Coursework: classwork performance, video recordings, in-class tests, online quizzes, oral test 100% Individual Coursework

Compulsory oral test


This course can be taken as part of a Modern Language Module or the Language Teaching and Learning Module.

This course can be taken as part of the CertLang (Certificate of Languages) or DipLang (Diploma of Languages).

Workload Expectations

As per any 15 pt undergraduate course, we expect students to devote to it approximately 140-150 hours of work in total, i.e., 20-24 hours a week over 6.5 weeks (semester and study break) including revision times. Hours per week will be divided roughly as follows:

Online lessons Cliquez-ici 8 hours

Revision, Learning Vocab & Verb Conjugation  2-4hrs 

Taught Classes (6hrs) & Prep (1hr) 7 hrs 

Online Assignments 30 min - 2hr 

Video Assignments, Test  Revision: 20-30 hrs in total 


French 101/101G is a Blended course and Cliquez-ici lessons must usually be prepared BEFORE you come to class. Fully integrated with Deux mondes, Cliquez-ici lessons build on your existing knowledge and introduce new vocabulary and structure which we then practice further in class via communicatively focused language tasks. Classwork counts towards your final grade. Regular online assignments (Connect+ Devoirs) and Revision Activities help you consolidate your knowledge (vocab, grammar, pronunciation and listening comprehension). 

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

This course is NOT available for students studying remotely, outside Auckland or offshore in 2024.

Attendance is required at scheduled class activities to receive credit for some components of the course

Due to their interactive nature, classes will not be available as recordings.

Some course activities may be delivered on-line.

Attendance on campus is required for tests and exams.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Resources required for this course:
  • Deux Mondes: You are required to have access to a copy of the Deux Mondes 7th or 8th edition textbook e-book or hardcopy.
  • You may buy the book only, or the book and Connect+ package with online resources. More information on Canvas.
  • Deux Mondes is also the prescribed text for French 102 & 203 so if you are thinking of continuing, purchasing the package will be an excellent investment. FRENCH 101 covers up to the end of chapter 4.
  • Cliquez-ici multi-media lessons. Enrolment includes free access to Cliquez-ici, the online interactive course for FRENCH 101/101G, accessible through Canvas in weekly lesson plans.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Updated assessment schedule

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Well-being always comes first
We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 31/10/2023 10:25 a.m.