FREN110 Elementary French I
Department of Language & Literature: French
Course Number and TitleFREN110 Elementary French I
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
Other Pertinent InformationStudents 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.
Catalog Course DescriptionIn 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.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- acquire and demonstrate an elementary degree of competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing;
- recognize and respond appropriately to the most common spoken situations;
- demonstrate ability to write basic sentences in French; and
- explain some common aspects of life in French-speaking countries.
- Core (if applicable) Category I
- compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices.
- articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
Cultural PerspectivesStudents will:
International, Gender, and/or Minority PerspectivesStudents will:
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
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
Calendar, holidays, customs, vacations
The city, modes of transportation
Geography of the French-speaking world
Levels of formality
Global importance of the French language
French cultural icons
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course Students
- take quizzes and tests;
- complete written assignments, such as short compositions and grammatical exercises;
- perform listening comprehension exercises; and
- participate in speaking tasks, which may include oral interviews, conversations and/or presentations that assess proficiency levels.
- Core (if applicable)
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection 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