FREN251 Intermediate French IV

Department of Language & Literature: French

I. Course Number and Title
FREN251 Intermediate French IV
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
FREN250 (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 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, continues from FREN250. 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
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. further reinforce, refine, and expand mastery of the skills essential for communication, listening, reading, speaking, and writing [Arts/Humanities];
    2. understand and use more advanced grammar structures and more nuanced idiomatic expressions;
    3. demonstrate increased comprehension of authentic texts and be able to discuss them in French;
    4. narrate events in all three time frames (past, present, future);
    5. demonstrate the ability to write more cohesive paragraphs and compositions in French; and
    6. explain complex aspects of life in the French-speaking countries [Diversity].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Grammatical topics:

    Direct and indirect discourse
    Reported speech
    Tense agreement with "If" statements to talk about real and hypothetical situations
    Conjunctions used to make comparisons
    Conjunctions, prepositions, and other connecting words used to express cause, purpose, opposition, and concession
    Verb tense agreement within all three time frames (past, present, future)
    Simple and compound relative pronouns

    Vocabulary and social topics:

    Nouns and verbs to talk about life experiences and more abstract ideas and concepts
    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
    Vocabulary used to compare ideas, arguments, or opinions

    Cultural contexts:

    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

  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. take quizzes and tests;
    2. complete assignments, such as readings and short compositions and grammatical exercises;
    3. demonstrate comprehension of authentic documents (both written and spoken) by answering questions orally and/or in writing;
    4. actively participate in class discussions in French; and
    5. 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.

  4. 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