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 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, 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
Course Learning Goals
- further reinforce, refine, and expand mastery of the skills essential for communication, listening, reading, speaking, and writing [Arts/Humanities];
- understand and use more advanced grammar structures and more nuanced idiomatic expressions;
- demonstrate increased 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 more cohesive paragraphs and compositions in French; and
- explain complex aspects of life in the French-speaking countries [Diversity].
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
Direct and indirect discourse
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
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