FREN201 Intermediate French I

Department of Language & Literature: French

I. Course Number and Title
FREN201 Intermediate French I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
FREN111 (C or better) or equivalent
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
This course reviews basic essentials of vocabulary and grammatical constructions and presents some constructions not studied in the Elementary French sequence. The course also provides material for a solid foundation in conversation and composition and continues to place emphasis on knowledge and appreciation of the culture of French-speaking countries.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. review, refine, and demonstrate an expanded control of the four essential language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing [Arts/Humanities];
    2. recognize and respond appropriately and with increasing detail to the most common spoken situations;
    3. demonstrate ability to write increasingly complex sentences in French; and
    4. explain an increasing number of aspects of life in French-speaking countries [Diversity].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Grammatical topics:

    • Passé composé with avoir and être
    • Negation and questions with the passé composé
    • Adverb placement with the passé composé
    • Some irregular verbs
    • Some irregular past participles
    • The partitive article
    • The recent past with venir + de
    • Expressing the past with il y a

    Vocabulary and social contexts:

    • More nouns and verbs used to talk about daily activities
    • Expressions of time in the past, including the date with day, month, year
    • Nouns and verbs used to talk about food and meals
    • Talking about memories
    • Expressions of quantity
    • Idiomatic expressions that use verbs

    Cultural contexts:

    • Typical fare for certain meals in French-speaking countries
    • French cinema
    • The marketplace, shopping and “les petites commerces”
    • Vacation and its importance in French-speaking countries
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. take quizzes and tests;
    2. complete written assignments, compositions and grammatical exercises;
    3. perform listening comprehension exercises;
    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 second-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