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fr1000ca course and assessment guide ncea level 1


french (fr1000)

teacher contact details

When you first make contact with your teacher, please fill out their details below, for future reference.

teacher’s name: telephone: 0800 65 99 88


alternate telephone number: email address: Private Bag 39992, Wellington Mail Centre, Lower Hutt 5045 Please keep your French (FR1000) Course and assessment guide in a safe place so that you can use it to plan your study and to record your assessment results. For future information about courses at this level, please refer to Student Guide to Years 11–13 and the Student Guide to National Certificates.

Cover photo: Woman in a kayak, Shutterstock, 11929372. Copyright © 2011 Board of Trustees of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, Private Bag 39992, Wellington Mail Centre, Lower Hutt 5045, New Zealand. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu. © te ah o o te k u ra p ou n am u

contents 1

Welcome to FR1000


Getting started information


How to get the best from the course


Creating accents in French


FR1000 course outline


Assessment summary


Additional course materials


Assessment information


FR1000 suggested course plan

10 My French assessment record (FR1000)

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welcome to fr1000 Welcome to the Level 1 French (FR1000) course offered by Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu.

aims of fr1000

This course will help you to increase your knowledge of the French language at Levels 5 and 6 of the New Zealand Curriculum. You will learn to understand and produce more complex language, and to communicate about past and future events. Topics studied include: holidays, sport and leisure activities, travelling in France, health and communications. You will also widen your cultural knowledge of France and French-speaking countries throughout the world. This course offers 19 credits towards the National Certificate in Educational Achievement, NCEA Level 1. There are two internal standards worth 9 credits and two external standards worth 10 credits.



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getting started information how this course is delivered

FR1000 is a print-based course, with course material and supplementary material accessed from the online teaching and learning environment (OTLE). Dual enrolled students are expected to access material from OTLE. Other enrolled students may request printed materials to be posted, accepting there will be a delay between enrolment and receiving the first posting. You will receive an email explaining how to log in to OTLE. This email includes a link to set your password if you have not logged into the OTLE before. You can access OTLE by clicking on It is recommended that you bookmark this site in your browser. This will take you to a page with links to your courses. Your username and initial password is your Te Kura student ID number. You will be asked to set a new password when you first log in. After that, if you need to reset your password you can click on the ‘Forgot password’ link on the OTLE login page. If you have difficulties logging in, please email:

organising your study

Plan a regular time to study. Some people learn best from frequent short sessions while others do better with fewer, longer sessions. It is important to have a plan or a timetable and to keep to it. There is a suggested course plan in the back of this guide to help you plan your programme of study. You may wish to consult with your subject teacher to help you decide on your plan. Getting your study underway is very important. Your first return of work should be two to three weeks after you received your initial work. If you have any issues returning your work within this time, please contact your subject teacher. For more information on how to study successfully, refer to the Student Guide to Years 11–13 (

te kura codes

Your course code is: FR1000. FR is the code for French and 1 refers to level 1. ‘FR1001’ refers to a booklet that covers a particular learning topic in the FR1000 course. ‘FR1003Y1’ refers to the first assessment for an Achievement Standard (e.g. AS90082). ‘AS’ is the code for Achievement Standard and ‘US’ is the code for Unit Standard.

resources you need to get going You will need:

•• Te Kura booklets, supplements, assessments and audio files •• a CD player or computer that can play audio files •• a computer with internet and email access is highly recommended •• a way of recording your French speaking for your teacher.

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getting started information

Ways you can record your spoken French for your teacher: Record on your computer hard-drive, and either burn a CD to send with your written work, or email your recording to your teacher at Te Kura. NZQA no longer accepts cassette tapes, so spoken work for Achievement Standards must be sent to Te Kura in digital form, such as an .mp3, .wav, or .giff format.


Many assessment activities are self-marked. You’ll find an Answer guide towards the back of each booklet. Use these answers to mark your own work and make corrections where necessary. Self-marking is very important as it gives you instant feedback on how well you understand the ideas, concepts or information that has been covered.


Students are required to send in their self-marked activities as well as their internal or practice external assessments. Teachers photocopy students’ work and send it back to them with feedback and feed forward. Internal assessments for this course are: •• portfolio writing – you write a range of different types of texts in French •• spoken presentation – you plan, prepare and practise a spoken presentation and then record it. The detailed criteria for Achievement and Unit Standards will be given in the relevant booklets. They can also be found by searching the subject and level in the NCEA part of the NZQA website ( and then finding the relevant standard(s). If there are two assessment opportunities, one is called ‘Y1’ for an Achievement Standard and the other is called ‘Y2’. For example, FR1006Y1 is one assessment for AS90879 and there is a further assessment opportunity in FR1009Y2. AS90882 is the portfolio writing Achievement Standard. You write a number of different texts as you work through your booklets. You then choose which ones you would like to include for your portfolio, and let your teacher know. There is no further assessment opportunity for this Achievement Standard. External assessment preparation includes: •• practice external assessments •• Te Kura practice examinations.

time commitment

There are ten booklets in this course. Each one is likely to take about ten hours to complete. Before deciding on the pace of learning, read through this Course and assessment guide and ask yourself the following: •• How much time can I set aside for study each week?



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getting started information

•• Will I be able to keep a steady pace of three to four hours of study each week? •• What do I want to do next year? How many credits will I need to do this? •• Will I be doing externally and internally assessed standards? •• Will I be prepared to sit the external examination in January? •• Will I need specific external or internal credits as a prerequisite for next year’s study or work?

normal pace of learning

A normal pace of learning is similar to what a student does at school. As a guide, expect to do at least five hours work per week. Allow four hours a week working through the booklets, and one hour a week for revision. This means completing three booklets in each of the first three terms, and one booklet in Term 4, so that you complete the course before the external examinations at the end of the school year.

flexible pace of learning

If you have less than a year because you start later or need to finish earlier, you can decide the pace at which you work. You could still complete the whole course by devoting more time and effort to it. Your teacher can ensure that you receive the resources you need in time to do this.

choosing topics and standards

You may wish to do only some topics. For example, you may only want to do internal standards in this course. You should discuss this with your learning advisor and French teacher at Te Kura. You should consider how well this will meet your learning goals and whether it will meet the specific course entry requirements for tertiary institutions or any future study and whether you will be able to gain enough credits to achieve your NCEA. To be awarded NCEA Level 1, you will need to gain a minimum of 80 credits at Level 1 (or above) including the 10 credits for literacy and the 10 credits for numeracy. A list of achievement standards from levels 1, 2 and 3 that count towards Level 1 literacy and numeracy can be accessed from:

cover sheets

There is a cover sheet at the back of the work you send to your teacher. Fill it in and sign it before sending it back to Te Kura. Your supervisor also signs this sheet as part of our authenticity requirements (if applicable). All students are encouraged to submit as much as possible of their work online via the OTLE Dropbox. When work requires authentication, students will follow the instructions provided in OTLE.

queries about your work

It is important to contact your teacher if you have any queries about your work. It helps to have your ID number, booklet code (for example, FR1004) and the activity or question number when you contact your teacher but it is not essential. © te aho o t e k ur a p o un a m u




how to get the best from the course booklets

The booklets are yours to keep, so you can be really active about using them – make notes, highlight things you want to remember, or write corrections to your answers on the page so that you can learn from your mistakes.

audio files

Listen to the audio files as many times as you want. If you do not understand something for the first time, go over it until you do. Almost all the French you hear is spoken is by a native French speaker, so the more you listen and use it as a model for practising aloud, the more your brain will absorb and remember – the sounds, the rhythm and the intonation of real French. You will need a quiet room where you can listen to the audio files and practise speaking out loud.


You will check most of your own work in the section at the back of the booklet. This gives you immediate feedback so that you can learn from your mistakes. It is important that you do this carefully. Compare your answers with the model answers. If your answers are different, go back to your booklet and go over the explanations so you know where you went wrong and how to improve. If you are still unsure after doing this, ask your teacher for help.


When you are speaking or writing a foreign language, you can only use what you can remember, so it’s important to learn as you go and revise frequently – daily, weekly, monthly.



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creating accents in french If you want to use a computer and don’t have a French keyboard, you will need to learn how to access the accents. If you are using Word, the control key gives you access to the accents: •• For a grave accent, hold down control, press the ` key (top left), release control, then type the letter you want to put the accent on: à, è. •• For an acute, hold down control, press the ’ (apostrophe) key, then release control and press the letter you want accented, for example é. •• For a cedilla, use the comma key in the same way: ç. •• For a circumflex, use control/shift + 6, then the letter you want, for example ô. •• For a diaeresis, the colon key is used, plus control. Control/shift + colon + letter, for example ë. There are also international codes to use for special characters when writing emails or using other word-processing programmes. Here are the most common codes you’d use for French: ALT + (hold down the ALT key) à 133

ë 137

â 131

î 140

ä 132

ï 139

æ 145

ô 147

ç 135

ù 151

é 130

û 150

è 138

ü 129

ê 136

€ 0128

And for capital letters frequently used: Ç alt 128 À alt 183 É alt 144 È alt 212 Ê alt 0202

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fr1000 course outline Course item/ booklet



3,2,1- Partez


En métropole


Les vacances


Mon temps libre


En route!


Mon pays


Au restaurant


On se voit quand?


La santé


Encore une fois!


Portfolio writing pack

Further assessment opportunity


Achievement Standard 90879. Give a spoken presentation in French that communicates a personal response.


Achievement Standard 90882. Write a variety of text types in French on areas of most immediate relevance.

Not available

All booklets will also include teaching and practice for external standards. FR1001–FR1010 prepare you for these external achievement standards: Achievement Standard 90878 Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken French texts on areas of most immediate relevance Achievement Standard 90881 Demonstrate understanding of a variety of French texts on areas of most immediate relevance All booklets will also include teaching and practice for external standards.



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assessment summary credits offered: 19 Standard Number

Standard Title

ncea level 1 french (fr1000) Type of assessment

Number of credits

Study Material (code)


Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken French texts on areas of most immediate relevance



FR1001– FR1010


Give a spoken presentation in French that communicates a personal response



FR1001– FR1009


Demonstrate understanding of a variety of French texts on areas of most immediate relevance



FR1001– FR1010


Write a variety of text types in French on areas of most immediate relevance



FR1001– FR1009 and FR1000W

Assessed in JP1006. Further assessment opportunity in FR1009.

Assessed in: FR1003Y1 FR1004Y1 FR1005Y1 FR1007Y1 FR1008Y1 FR1009Y1.

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additional course materials additional course materials/resources Item



Diagnostic assessment


Course and assessment guide


Grammar and vocabulary resource booklet

online resouces Resource



NCEA website link

Link to NCEA information.

TKI website link

Link to material for internal assessments, like up to date NCEA vocabulary and structures lists.

In English:

New Zealand Teachers of French Association website with useful information and practice activities.

Links to various French websites

In Māori:

assessment tasks

The self-assessments are contained in the booklets. The answers will be towards the back of the booklets. Your Portfolio writing internal assessments are included in your French Portfolio writing pack (FR1000W). You will get the Portfolio pack with your first posting. You should complete each booklet with the same code, before you do the corresponding Y1 assessment. For example, you need to do booklet FR1003 before you do the FR1003Y1 writing task. One of your written tasks will need to be done under school supervision and that task needs to be included in your final submission for the writing standard. The other internal assessment is FR1006Y1. You will be sent that later in the course. It is the assessment for the spoken presentation Achievement Standard. Your spoken presentation needs to be done under your school’s supervision. It will have to be delivered to us in a digital format. For audio files, we accept .mp3, .wav, or .giff files. If you opt for filming your presentation, the file needs to be compatible with Windows media player or a vlc player. You can email your digital files to your teacher or burn them onto a CD and send the CD in with the rest of your written work.



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assessment information standards

The National Qualifications Framework has two types of national standards: Achievement and Unit Standards. Credits from both Achievement Standards and Unit Standards count towards NCEA. Please refer to our Student Guide to National Certificates or Te Kura ( and NZQA websites ( for more information about National Certificates of Educational Achievement and assessment.

internal assessment

There are two internally assessed Achievement Standards in this course. There are no Unit Standards.

external assessment

External assessment means that someone outside the school marks students’ work. This may be through NZQA examinations in January or by submitting a portfolio or project for subjects such as Graphics, Technology and Art. You will be able to complete practice assessments and Te Kura examinations for external standards.

te kura practice examinations

Students should complete the Te Kura practice examinations for any external standards with a January examination they have entered. It is important that students complete all practice external assessments and examinations. If for some reason, such as illness, you are unable to sit the examinations in January you will only be eligible for consideration for a derived grade (compassionate consideration) if you have completed the practice examinations.

further assessment opportunities for internal assessments

For some standards, you will be able to complete a second assessment called a ‘further assessment opportunity’ to improve your results. These standards are indicated in the course outline. You should take this opportunity where it is available.


If you have made a small mistake in your assessment, your teacher may offer you a resubmission. This means you have made an error that you are capable of discovering and correcting by yourself. A resubmission allows you to improve your result.


Authenticity means students complete and submit work that is their own. When you submit work to Te Kura you sign an authentication declaration that the work you are submitting is your own work and was done under the required assessment conditions. Your supervisor signs this declaration to confirm this (where applicable). When submitting work online via the OTLE Dropbox, if it requires authentication, students must follow the instructions provided in OTLE.

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assessment information

derived grades (compassionate consideration)

If for any unexpected reason you are not able to sit your end of year examination or to submit final work towards an external standard (portfolios or projects), you may be eligible for a derived grade. Please refer to the Student Guide to National Certificates and contact your learning advisor as soon as possible to find out more should you feel this is necessary.


You have the right to query an assessment result if you want further clarification or disagree with the result. If you are still not satisfied, you may appeal. Refer to the Student Guide to National Certificates for more information. You can also appeal any other decisions, procedures or policies about assessments. Contact your teacher or learning advisor if you wish to appeal. More information and a form that students can use to appeal is available on the Te Kura website in the Student toolkit area ( and go to Student toolkit).



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fr1000 suggested course plan Try to keep to this timetable if you’re aiming for all the standards. Otherwise you may modify it in consultation with your teacher. Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

FR1000DA Diagnostic assessment

FR1001 Partez!

FR1002 En métropole

FR1003 Pendant les vacances

Remember you can select which three tasks you do for AS90882

FR1003Y1 (Assessment task for AS90882)

FR1004Y1 (Assessment task for AS90882)

FR1004 Mon temps libre

FR1005 En route

FR1006 Mon pays

FR1005Y1 (Assessment task for AS90882)

Note that FR1006Y1 is a one-off recording task

FR1006Y1 (Assessment task for AS90879 Prepared talk)

FR1007 On va manger

FR1008 Restez en contact !

FR1009 La Santé

FR1007Y1 (Assessment task for AS90882)

FR1008Y1 (Assessment task for AS90882)

FR1010 Les examens (Revision)

(Internal assessment to be completed by the end of term 3)

Practice Exam For external standards: AS90878 -listening, and AS90881 -reading

November 2011 external exams by NZQA (AS90878 listening, and AS90881 reading)

To contact your teacher: Ring 0800 65 99 88 or email

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my french assessment record (fr1000) Standard number

Assessment details


Spoken presentation


Portfolio writing

Grade awarded

Further assessment opportunity or resubmission



No further assessment opportunity available.


Credits sub-total (before NZQA examination results)

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