FREN201 Intermediate French I
Department of Language & Literature: French
Course Number and TitleFREN201 Intermediate French I
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
PrerequisitesFREN111 (C or better) or equivalent
Other Pertinent InformationStudents 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.
Catalog Course DescriptionThis 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.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- review, refine, and demonstrate an expanded control of the four essential language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing;
- recognize and respond appropriately and with increasing detail to the most common spoken situations;
- demonstrate ability to write increasingly complex sentences in French; and
- explain an increasing number of aspects of life in French-speaking countries.
- Core (if applicable) Category I
- compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices.
- articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
Cultural PerspectivesStudents will:
International, Gender, and/or Minority PerspectivesStudents will:
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
Typical fare for certain meals in French-speaking countries
The marketplace, shopping and “les petites commerces”
Vacation and its importance in French-speaking countries
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course Students
- take quizzes and tests;
- complete written assignments, compositions and grammatical exercises;
- perform listening comprehension exercises;
- participate in speaking tasks, which may include oral interviews, conversations and/or presentations that assess proficiency levels.
- Core (if applicable)
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection 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