FREN111 Elementary French II

Department of Language & Literature: French

I. Course Number and Title
FREN111 Elementary French II
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
FREN110 (C or better) or equivalent
Corequisites
None
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.
VI. Catalog Course Description
In this interactive course, which continues the work of FREN110, students acquire a working knowledge of French necessary to accomplish basic tasks. This course emphasizes comprehension and practice in pronunciation and conversation, as well as listening, speaking, reading and writing skill in an authentic French cultural context.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. acquire and demonstrate an elementary, but growing, degree of competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing;
      2. recognize and respond appropriately to most common spoken situations;
      3. analyze some basic French texts;
      4. demonstrate basic mastery of written French; and
      5. explain some common aspects of life in French-speaking countries.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I
      Cultural Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices.

      Category III
      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    Grammatical topics:

    The present tense of modal verbs
    Basic prepositions and prepositions of place
    Giving commands
    Irregular verbs such as aller and avoir
    Stem-changing verbs
    The comparative and the superlative
    Expressing opinions
    Inversion questions
    Ir and re verbs
    Expressing personal relationships and ownership
    Asking for specifics
    Expressing the date and the year
    Pointing out people or things
    Possessive adjectives

    Vocabulary and social contexts:

    Navigating cities and identifying buildings
    Homes, furnishings
    Transportation
    Hobbies and sports
    Family relationships
    Weather and seasons
    Clothing, colors
    Shopping, personal finances

    Cultural contexts:

    Fashion
    Paris and its historical and cultural importance
    Music in France
    The family in France
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students
      1. take quizzes and tests;
      2. complete written assignments, such as short 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.


    3. Core (if applicable)
      1. 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.
      2. 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.
  4. 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.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section 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