FREN110 Elementary French I

Department of Language & Literature: French

I. Course Number and Title
FREN110 Elementary French I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
Students spend between six and nine hours per week outside of class in activities such as learning vocabulary, reading, completing written exercises, working on pronunciation, preparing oral presentations, and working with the multimedia files that accompany the text.
VI. Catalog Course Description
In this course students learn the basics of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing French. This course stresses oral proficiency, pronunciation, listening comprehension, and grammatical accuracy, as well as the cultural backgrounds of French-speaking countries.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. acquire and demonstrate an elementary degree of competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing;
      2. recognize and respond appropriately to the most common spoken situations;
      3. demonstrate ability to write basic sentences in French; and
      4. explain some common aspects of life in French-speaking countries.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I
      Cultural Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices.

      Category III
      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    Grammatical topics
    The present tense of regular -er verbs
    A few irregular verbs
    The present tense of regular, stem-changing verbs
    Word order and sentence structure; subject-verb agreement
    The verb aller infinitive to describe future actions
    Prepositions and prepositions with articles
    Definite and indefinite articles
    Negation: ne…pas and ne…jamais
    Adjectives, placement and agreement
    Possessive adjectives
    Regular and irregular adjectives
    Adverbs of time, manner, place

    Vocabulary and social contexts

    Greetings, time, numbers, describing yourself and others, describing others
    Geography, languages, nationalities
    Giving opinions
    Calendar, holidays, customs, vacations
    Sports, hobbies
    The city, modes of transportation

    Cultural contexts

    Geography of the French-speaking world
    Levels of formality
    The café
    Monetary systems
    Global importance of the French language
    French cultural icons
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students
      1. take quizzes and tests;
      2. complete written assignments, such as short compositions and grammatical exercises;
      3. perform listening comprehension exercises; and
      4. participate in speaking tasks, which may include oral interviews, conversations and/or presentations that assess proficiency levels.


    3. Core (if applicable)
      1. Cultural Perspectives: Quizzes and tests taken in class include the cultural topics presented in the course. Students compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing worldviews and practices of some French-speaking people.
      2. International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives: Quizzes and tests taken in class include the cultural topics presented in the course. Students articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students use the textbook, workbook, and multimedia resources of first-year proficiency-based French program. See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 3/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 4/2011