FREN250 Intermediate French III
Department of Language & Literature: French
- I. Course Number and Title
- FREN250 Intermediate French III
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- FREN202 (C or better) or permission of the Department of Language & Literature
- V. Other Pertinent Information
Students spend between six and nine hours per week outside of class in activities, such as reviewing vocabulary, reading, completing written exercises, writing compositions, working on pronunciation, preparing oral presentations, and working on other projects, which may include multimedia assignments.
The texts chosen for this course vary from year-to-year.
This course meets the Arts/Humanities and Diversity General Education Goals.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course, conducted in French, is a continuation of the intermediate sequence. It emphasizes greater proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students study more complex language structures, read, view, and discuss current French media, read more difficult literary texts, and critically examine Francophone cultures.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- reinforce, refine, and expand mastery of the skills essential for communication, listening, reading, speaking, and writing [Arts/Humanities];
- understand and begin to use more advanced grammar structures and more nuanced idiomatic expressions;
- demonstrate comprehension of authentic texts and be able to discuss them in French;
- narrate events in all three time frames (past, present, future);
- demonstrate the ability to write cohesive paragraphs and compositions in French; and
- explain various aspects of life in the French-speaking countries [Diversity].
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
The impersonal form
Nuanced forms of negation
Adjectives and verbal adjectives
Double object pronouns
Future and future perfect
Historical past tense
Vocabulary and social topics:
Nouns and verbs to talk about life experiences
Immigration and multicultural issues in France
Nouns, verbs, and adjectives to talks about contemporary issues in the Francophone world
Nouns and verbs to talk about work, school, social life, and events
Seminal works of French literature needed to understand intertextual references and allusions
Contemporary news and other media
Literature and cinema of the 20th and 21st centuries
French regions and the Francophone world
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
- take quizzes and tests;
- complete assignments, such as readings and short compositions and grammatical exercises;
- demonstrate comprehension of authentic documents (both written and spoken) by answering questions orally and/or in writing;
- actively participate in class discussions in French; and
- participate in oral interviews and/or presentations that assess proficiency levels.
Quizzes and tests taken in class include the cultural topics presented in the course.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:Students use the textbook, workbook, and multimedia resources of third-year proficiency-based French program. See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 3/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; New Core 8/2015