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FREN 1001

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at   
Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Elementary French I   
Prerequisite(s)   None   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
The goal of this course is to present grammar and vocabulary in a controlled, step-by-step manner, using the French language as the medium of instruction. Emphasis is on conversational interchange between the student and instructor and among students themselves. Vocabulary is taught in context, and French culture is interwoven in vocabulary study, dialogues, readings, and discussion topics. This course is not open to native speakers, which includes anyone who used the language as his or her principal language of education.
Expected Educational Results   
By the end of the course, the student should be able to do the following in French, in oral or written form or both:
A.  Use appropriate informal and formal greetings and salutations
B. Ask and answer questions appropriate to interrogatives and other grammar studied at this level
C. Understand at a functional, beginning level French idiomatic expressions
D. Give and receive information by expressing choices and preferences
E. Describe people , places and situations using adjectives in masculine, feminine and plural forms
F. Use effectively vocabulary pertaining to
leisure time activities
possessions and settings
numbers, days of the week , months, and holidays
school buildings, subjects, and classroom items
G. Discuss activities and describe using present tense of –er verbs, ir/iss verbs, irregular verbs être, avoir, aller.
H. Communicate correctly using the near future tense
I.  Express oneself in shorter length paragraphs  such as: describing onseself to a French family, describing their bedroom or ideal home, what they would do on a trip to Paris , or  their favorite relative or friend.
J. Understand and use correctly other grammatical constructions such as adverbs of time, prepositions of placement, possessive adjectives and articles.
K. Read shorter length materials in the target language
L. Exhibit culture awareness pertaining to aspects of francophone

General Education Outcomes   
None Specified
Course Content   
A. Vocabulary related to greetings, family, descriptions such as physical traits and personality, leisure time activities,  encounters, clothing and fashion, school .  Vocabulary includes days of the week, numbers, months, nationalities and holidays.
B. Present and immediate future tenses
C. Various sentence structures: interrogative, negative and affirmative statements
D. Various parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and articles
E. Various idiomatic expressions and structures
F. Reading passages and writing short assessments, lists, or compositions
G.Cultural aspects of francophone countries presented in a variety of forms

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   

The course grade will be computed as follows:

Major tests    ( generally 3-5)   ................40-50%
Quizzes, workbook, homework, oral .......20-30%
Final Exam.............................................20-30%


The Foreign Language Department will work to establish consistency of purpose and content through our French Curriculum Committee which coordinates curriculum content  and assessment.


The scores on the finals will be the subject of professional development discussions about implications for instructional improvement and curriculum change.

Last Revised: Oct. 24, 2011
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