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French Unit 1 and 2


Year 10 French.

Course Description

These units are designed to enable students to:

  • use French to communicate with others;
  • understand and appreciate the cultural contexts in which French is used;
  • understand their own culture/s through the study of other cultures;
  • understand language as a system;
  • make connections between French and English, and/or other languages;
  • apply French to work, further study, training or leisure.

Areas of Study

Themes and Topics

  • The individual, incorporating personal identity and lifestyles, relationships and aspirations, education and careers.
  • The French-speaking communities, incorporating the francophone world, historical perspectives and French cultural perspectives.
  • The world around us, incorporating 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.

Text Types and Kinds of Writing

  • The structured way in which language is organised in both speech and writing.
  • The ways in which kinds of writing are realised in the context of different text types.


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 a 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 Examination –  2 hour written paper and oral examination in November.

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