FREN201 Intermediate French I

Department of Language & Literature: French

I. Course Number and Title
FREN201 Intermediate French I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
FREN111 (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
This course reviews basic essentials of vocabulary and grammatical constructions and presents some constructions not studied in the Elementary French sequence. The course also provides material for a solid foundation in conversation and composition. It continues to place emphasis on knowledge and appreciation of the culture of French-speaking countries.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. review, refine, and demonstrate an expanded control of the four essential language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing;
      2. recognize and respond appropriately and with increasing detail to the most common spoken situations;
      3. demonstrate ability to write increasingly complex sentences in French; and
      4. explain an increasing number of 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

    Passé composé with avoir and être
    Negation and questions with the passé composé
    Adverb placement with the passé composé
    Some irregular verbs
    Some irregular past participles
    The partitive article
    The recent past with venir + de
    Expressing the past with il y a

    Vocabulary and social contexts

    More nouns and verbs used to talk about daily activities
    Expressions of time in the past including the date with day, month, year
    Nouns and verbs used to talk about food and meals
    Talking about memories
    Expressions of quantity
    Idiomatic expressions that use verbs

    Cultural contexts

    Typical fare for certain meals in French-speaking countries
    French cinema
    The marketplace, shopping and “les petites commerces”
    Vacation and its importance in French-speaking countries
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students
      1. take quizzes and tests;
      2. complete written assignments, 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 second-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