French Descriptions

French 1A (1.5 hours)

Instructor: Becky Tucker

This is an introductory course designed for students who have never studied French before or who studied it many years ago. The goal of this class is to provide members with a basic knowledge of French, to facilitate comprehension and to encourage communication through in-class work, dialogue, and at-home preparation. Cultural aspects of French society are an integrated part of this course.

Course Outline: Lessons will include these aspects of French grammar:

Alphabet

Accents and pronunciation

Numbers

Time

Date

Formality and levels of language (vous and tu)

Noun gender

Use of present tense and immediate future

Negative sentence structures

-er verbs

Etre, aller and avoir verbs

Pronoun “on”

Stress pronouns (moi, toi, lui, etc)

Indefinite and definite articles (un, une, des, le, la, l’, les)

The expression « Il y a »

Placement and agreement of adjectives

Asking and responding to questions (est-ce que)

Irregular descriptive adjectives

By the end of this class members will be able to:

Greet people appropriately and conduct basic introductory conversations

Tell time and ask about dates

Describe everyday objects, basic activities and likes/dislikes

Describe oneself and others

Converse about work, home and leisure activities

Engage in register-appropriate basic conversations

Required Books and Materials Used: Contacts -- Langue et culture françaises by Jean-Paul Valette and Rebecca M. Valette; Eighth Edition -- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; Student Edition: ISBN: 0-618-39578-4

French 1B (1.5 hours)

Instructor: Becky Tucker

This is a continuation of French 1A. The goal of this class is to review basic grammatical concepts in French, to improve comprehension and to encourage communication through in-class work, dialogues, dictations and at-home preparation.

Course Outline: Lessons will include these aspects of French grammar:

Expressions of possession (possessive adjectives, possession with de, être à)

Irregular descriptive adjectives

Interrogative adjectives (quel, quelle, quels, quelles)

Demonstrative adjectives (ce, cet, cette, ces)

Prepositions of place

Asking and responding to questions (inversion)

Comparatives and superlatives

Introduction to -ir and -re verbs

Introduction to imperative verb form

Past tense (passé compose)

By the end of this class members will be able to:

Ask for and give directions

Engage in conversations about the weather, themselves, their families and their hobbies

Easily use numbers for dates and years

Read easy texts

Ask questions in several different ways

Describe events that happened in the past

Speak with good pronunciation

Required Books and Materials Used: Contacts -- Langue et culture françaises by Jean-Paul Valette and Rebecca M. Valette; Eighth Edition -- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; Student Edition: ISBN: 0-618-39578-4


French 2 (85 min.)

Instructor: Barbara Shaw

This class builds upon the foundations established in Level 1. The goal of the class is to

enable students to achieve a higher level of understanding and ability to communicate in

French while covering some of the more intricate aspects of French grammar.

Comprehension and communication are achieved through in-class work and dialogue as

well as at-home preparation. Cultural and social aspects of French society are an

integrated part of this course.

Course Outline : We will study Unités 5 through 8 in the required textbook.

Lessons will include these concepts of French grammar and culture :

Irregular verbs including venir, prendre, mettre, sortir, partir, dormir,vouloir,

pouvoir, devoir, suivre, voir, connaître, savoir, ouvrir, lire, dire, écrire

“Depuis” and the present tense

Distinction among the definite (le, la, les, l’), indefinite (un, une,des) and partitive articles (du, de la, de l’, des)

Expressions of quantity

Idiomatic expressions with être, avoir, aller, faire

Use of “il faut”

Direct / Indirect object pronouns (le, la, les, lui, leur, me, te, nous, vous)

Affirmative and negative expressions ( souvent, encore, deja, ne…jamais,ne…plus, ne…rien, ne…pas encore)

Passé composé with être and avoir

The imperfect tense

Use of the passé composé and imperfect in past narrative

Reflexive verbs

Irregular adjectives

Tourism and entertainment in France

Eating habits and shopping for food

University studies

Attitudes and values of the French people

By the end of this class members will be able . . .

to converse more easily using the concepts reinforced from French 1

to narrate events in the past—a vacation, one’s childhood, last weekend, an

accident

to communicate in a variety of situations such as buying food in the

supermarket, ordering in a restaurant, talking about themselves and family,

making introductions, making appropriate responses in social situations,

describing where one lives, discussing various forms of entertainment.


Required Books and Materials Used:

Contacts -- Langue et culture françaises by Jean-Paul Valette and Rebecca M. Valette; Eighth

Edition -- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; Student Edition: ISBN: 0-618-39578-4

Optional Reference Books (not required): A French-English dictionary

such as Harper Collins Robert French College Dictionary (Paperback), Publisher:

HarperCollins Publishers, ISBN: 0-00-470711-7 (or any HarperCollins French-English

dictionaries) and

Bescherelle: L’Art de conjuguer 12,000 verbes (Verb Conjugation), Publisher: Hatier,

ISBN: 2218717166.

FRENCH 3 (85 min.)

French 3 is an introduction to more advanced grammar and conversation. Students will

build on grammar concepts learned in French 2 and use a variety of cultural reading

texts in the textbook as a basis for discussion in French. The course is taught entirely in

French with the exception of several new grammar concepts such as use of the

subjunctive and conditional sentences. Written and oral preparation outside of class is

required

Course Outline: We will study Unités 9 through 11 in the required textbook.

Lessons will include these concepts of French grammar and culture:

Review of object pronouns plus the pronouns “y” and “en”

Parts of the body and expressions of health and illness

Reflexive and reciprocal verbs (present and passé composé)

Irregular adjective formation

Adverb formation and position

Verb + infinitive construction

Formation and idiomatic use of the future tense

Formation and use of the conditional tense

Introduction to conjugation and use of the subjunctive mood

Professions and the professional life

Student attitudes toward the future

French influence throughout the world

Developing a world economy

By the end of this class members will be able . . .

to talk about lodging and living conditions

to discuss personal and family relationships using reflexive verbs

to debate the pros and cons of developing a world economy

to express opinions and feelings about certain situations using the subjunctive

to talk about hypothetical situations using the conditional (If ... then...)

to discuss future plans using a variety of conjunctions (when, as soon as, after)

to converse about jobs and job responsibilities

to describe physical ailments (for a doctor’s visit, calling in sick to work,

conversation)


Required Books and Materials Used:


Contacts -- Langue et culture françaises by Jean-Paul Valette and Rebecca M. Valette; Eighth

Edition -- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; Student Edition: ISBN: 0-618-39578-

Recommended Reference Books (not required): A French-English

dictionary such as Harper Collins Robert French College Dictionary (Paperback),

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, ISBN: 0-00-470711-7


(or any HarperCollins French-English dictionaries)

Bescherelle: L’Art de conjuguer 12,000 verbes (Verb Conjugation), Publisher: Hatier,

ISBN: 2218717166

INTERMEDIATE FRENCH 4

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class builds upon the foundations in Beginning French 1, 2 and 3. It introduces more intricate aspects of French grammar, practical vocabulary, cultural, historical and social aspects of the French speaking world. The ultimate goal is to enable students to achieve a higher level of understanding and ability to communicate in French. Oral communication will be increased from the previous level. At-home preparation is expected. This course is conducted entirely in French.

STUDENT DESCRIPTION: Students in this course should have completed French 3 or its equivalent, having attained an overall foundation in French grammar as well as a comfort level to participate in everyday conversations. Students should be comfortable in a class conducted entirely in French and have vocabulary that is broad enough to engage in class discussions.

REQUIRED BOOKS AND MATERIALS USED:

Valette and Valette, A Votre Tour: Intermediate French, 2nd edition. (Wiley, 2006) ISBN-10: 0470424230/ ISBN-13: 978-0470424230

OR

Valette and Valette, A Votre Tour: Intermediate French, 2nd edition. (Houghton Mifflin, (2007) ISBN 10: 0618693157 / ISBN 13: 9780618693153

RECOMMENDED REFERENCE BOOKS:

Bescherelle: L’Art de conjuguer 12,000 verbes (Verb Conjugation), Publisher: Hatier, ISBN:

2218717166.

Collins Robert French College Dictionary (French/English-English/French). Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers, ISBN: 0060892005


INTERMEDIATE FRENCH GUIDED CONVERSATION AND READING FRENCH 5


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This intermediate level class builds upon previous classes. It is conducted entirely in French. Selected reading and study materials are the basis for guided conversations in class. Prior to class, students should prepare by reading assigned materials and complete written exercises. During class, assignments will be reviewed and students will encouraged to participate in relevant conversations. Additional audio-visual and oral materials will be presented in class.

STUDENT DESCRIPTION: Students must be proficient enough to participate in French and to complete the assignments.

REQUIRED BOOKS AND MATERIALS USED: The instructor will provide copies of reading materials and exercises, and the students may also be asked to purchase one or two paperbacks during the year chosen in consultation with class members.

RECOMMENDED REFERENCE BOOKS:

Collins Robert French College Dictionary (French/English-English/French). Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers, ISBN: 0060892005

Bescherelle: L’Art de conjuguer 12,000 verbes, Publisher: Hatier, ISBN: 2218717166 A French dictionnary (Larousse or Petit Robert)


FRENCH GRAMMAR IN CONTEXT w/ CONVERSATION FRENCH 6

CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is an advanced intermediate level course, and all communication in class will be in French. Authentic texts from a rich variety of sources, literary and journalistic, are used as the starting point for the illustration and explanation of key areas of French grammar in context. This course will focus on building conversation and grammar skills in French by studying and responding interactively to a wide variety of current French media sources. Students will be provided with short stories, writings, newspaper and magazine articles, video, audio, and potential Internet source, all selected to provide source material in educated, current French. Class members will have the opportunity to research assigned materials at home and prepare responses in order to come to class prepared for

presentations and discussions.

STUDENT DESCRIPTION: Students should be relatively fluent in French and be prepared to participate in class discussions.

PREREQUISITES: French 4 and French 5 – Guided Conversation & Reading; or an equivalent intermediate skill level in French.

REQUIRED BOOKS AND MATERIALS : No specific textbook is required. The instructor will provide copies of readings, videos, conversational texts, and homework sheets. Students will be expected to access assigned French sites and sources on the Internet as part of their homework.

RECOMMENDED REFERENCE BOOKS: A good mono-lingual French dictionary, either on-line or hardcopy, is much preferred at this level over a bilingual French – English dictionary; Le Nouveaupetit Robert dictionnaire de la langue française (French-

French), Publisher: Le Robert, ISBN: 2850368261.

A mono-lingual French dictionary of synonyms would also be useful; consider a Larousse Dictionnaire des Synonymes (Paperback), Publisher: Éditions Larousse, ISBN 978-2-03-592894-8.

Also, Bescherelle: L’Art deConjuguer 12,000 Verbes, Publisher: Hatier, ISBN: 2218717166.


ADVANCED CONVERSATION AND LITERATURE FRENCH 7

CLASS DESCRIPTION: This course is an advanced level class. All communication will be in French. The goal of this course is dynamic dialogue on a variety of topics chosen either by the professor or the class members. Topics of conversation will be given by the professor in advance thereby providing members with adequate time to do any necessary research or other

homework in order to come to class fully prepared to be engaged in conversation. Members are welcome to suggest topics to be discussed at a future date. Any handouts are to be given out in advance of the day of discussion to avoid the reading of materials in class thus ensuring lively conversation.

STUDENT DESCRIPTION: Students at this level should have a good level of fluency in French.

REQUIRED BOOKS AND MATERIALS USED: Two to three full French & Francophone novels are read and studied each year. Books as well as movies are chosen in consultation with class members.

RECOMMENDED REFERENCE BOOKS: A good mono-lingual French dictionary, either on-line or hardcopy, is much preferred at this level over a bilingual French – English dictionary; Le Nouveau petit Robert dictionnaire de la langue française (French-

French), Publisher: Le Robert, ISBN: 2850368261.

A mono-lingual French dictionary of synonyms would also be useful; consider a Larousse Dictionnaire des Synonymes (Paperback), Publisher: Éditions Larousse, ISBN 978-2-03-592894-8.

Also, Bescherelle: L’Art deConjuguer 12,000 Verbes, Publisher: Hatier, ISBN: 2218717166.