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French Four

FR 212W

French Four

FR 212W

Course Description

Prerequisite: FR 211, or three semesters of college-level French, or three years of High School French, any with C or better, or permission of instructor. Instructs at the Intermediate level in French. Increases and expands vocabulary through a review of grammar covered in previous courses. Increases written and verbal accuracy and fluency, and increases ability to understand written and spoken French. Provides the opportunity to deepen cultural awareness and sensitivity, and awareness of the cultural richness and diversity that characterizes the Francophone world. Conducts class in French. Requires supplemental (outside of class) listening, reading, speaking, and writing work using ancillary materials and the textbook’s Internet site. (60-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Refine all the objectives from FR 111, FR 112, and FR 211.

Demonstrate expressive and receptive skills appropriate to 4th semester Intermediate French.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the ability to connect sentences with relative pronouns.
  • Talk about every action using a verb, a preposition and an infinitive.
  • Narrate in the past using a variety of past tenses.
  • Express hypothetical situations and conditions with the conditional tense.
  • Hypothesize using the “if” clauses and the correct sequence of tenses.
  • Show the ability to express judgments and necessity through the use of impersonal expressions.
  • Use the subjunctive mood with regular and irregular verbs to express obligation, necessity, wishes, doubts, and emotional reactions.
  • Refine the use of the passé composé and the imparfait in discourse in past situations.
  • Continue to develop the ability to describe objects and persons with increased ability to self-correct grammatical and syntactical errors.
  • Develop strategies for using circumlocution or paraphrasing to explain oneself.
  • Develop increased fluency with pronunciation that shows less interference from the student’s first language.
  • Initiate and sustain a conversation or accomplish a task. This includes asking and answering questions and negotiating meaning.
  • Successfully read an authentic passage of text in French to gather information and demonstrate understanding of the passage. React to the passage using appropriate vocabulary and grammatical structures.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write several paragraphs in French, using grammatical concepts, correct syntax, and vocabulary from the text as well as high frequency vocabulary from previous levels.
  • Acquire vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions and irregular verbs, that permits the expression of more complex thoughts and ideas and that will permit the receptive and expressive skills mentioned above.

Appreciate the richness and diversity of Francophone culture.

Objectives:

  • Develop listening skills through aural input, including but not limited to classroom interactions and video.
  • Continue to explore the richness of French culture during different periods of French history.
  • Use formal and informal speech appropriately for the intermediate level.
  • Identify several French speaking countries and / or regions and describe some of the customs, traditions, or foods that are typical of the country and / or region.
  • Make connections between French language and culture in the classroom and the global community.
  • Continue to develop the ability to make sensitive cultural comparisons.
  • Compare some of the differences between the French and the English language, including but not limited to, syntax and grammatical gender differences.