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VCE Languages

French Unit 1 and 2


Year 10 French.

Course Description

These units are designed to enable students to:

• communicate with others in French in interpersonal, interpretive and presentational contexts

• understand the relationship between language and culture

• compare cultures and languages and enhance intercultural awareness

• understand and appreciate the cultural contexts in which French is spoken

• learn about language as a system and themselves as language learners

• make connections between different languages, knowledge and ways of thinking

• become part of multilingual communities by applying language learning to social and leisure activities, life-long learning and the world of work.

Areas of Study

Themes and Topics

  • The Individual: personal identity and lifestyles, relationships and aspirations, education and careers.
  • The French-speaking Communities:  the francophone world, historical perspectives and French cultural perspectives.
  • The World Around Us: global and contemporary society, communication and media and technology and science.


  • While there is no prescribed vocabulary list, it is expected that the student will be familiar with a range of vocabulary and idioms relevant to the topics prescribed in the Study Design.


  • There is a prescribed list of grammatical structures as per the VCAA Study Design and students are expected to familiarise themselves with this list.
  • We observe the various linguistic elements and closely study the rules related to them.

Kinds of Writing

  • Students are expected to be familiar with and be able to produce five kinds of writing: personal, informative, persuasive, evaluative and imaginative.


Unit 1 Outcomes

Assessment Tasks

(school-assessed coursework)


Exchange meaning in a spoken interaction in French.


Participate in a conversation, interview or roleplay.

Give a talk to the class about the selected subtopic, asking and answering questions.


Interpret information from two texts on the same subtopic presented in French, and respond in writing in French and English.


Write a descriptive summary of a film including information from a review of the film.

Listen to a conversation and view a map to write directions.

Read an article and listen to an announcement to write instructions.



Present information, concepts and ideas in writing in French on the selected subtopic and for a specific audience and purpose.


Create a written presentation which may include pictures; this may be supported by media such as Photo Story or PowerPoint.

Write an imaginative children’s story.


Unit 2 Outcomes

Assessment Tasks

(school-assessed coursework)


Respond in writing in French to spoken, written or visual texts presented in French.


Write a personal answer to an email.

Write an informative blog in response to texts.

Respond in a written letter to a radio announcement or an editorial.


Analyse and use information from written, spoken or visual texts to produce an extended written response in French.

Describe in writing an experience seen from different perspectives.

Write a reflective article on a cultural insight, such as the attitudes of French-speaking people in Australia and elsewhere to traditional customs.

Evaluate opposing arguments put forward on an issue, such as attitudes to health or the long-term impact of social media on society.




Explain information, ideas and concepts orally in French to a specific audience about an aspect of culture within communities where French is spoken.


Narrate a life story, event or incident that highlights an aspect of culture.

Tell the class a personal or reflective story about a cultural event.

Present and explain an aspect of culture, referring to a portfolio or a PowerPoint presentation.

Overall Final Assessment


End of Semester Oral Examination

End of Semester Examination –  2 hours

Information can be obtained from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Victoria, Australia: