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. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
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.

This course meets the General Education requirement in Arts/Humanities.
This course meets the General Education requirement in Diversity.

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. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. acquire and demonstrate an elementary degree of competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing [Arts/Humanities];
    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 [Diversity].
  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
    • 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 Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    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.

    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 Student:

    Students use the textbook, workbook, and multimedia resources of first-year proficiency-based French program. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 3/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 4/2011; New Core 8/2015