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. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
FREN110 (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
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 skills in an authentic French cultural context.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. acquire and demonstrate an elementary, but growing, degree of competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing [Arts/Humanities];
    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 [Diversity].
  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 Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

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