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French

Elementary and Intermediate French courses are intended to help non-native speakers to:

  1. Know the sound systems of French as it is used to carry meaning;
  2. Develop a command of these sounds sufficiently well in simple contexts to use them correctly and freely;
  3. Recognize these sounds as they occur in print and then to develop the skills necessary to read and write simple texts;
  4. Use grammatical elements of the language to correctly convey meaning;
  5. Employ appropriate cultural and behavioral responses.

FRE 001: Elementary French I

Students will be able to greet one another and introduce themselves, discuss their course schedules and likes/dislikes, talk about their families/friends/relationships, and say where they are going around town. They will work mainly on present tense verb constructions, to build a solid foundation of grammar understanding. Cultural topics range from comparing French and American university experiences, to the history and significance of café culture, to detailed descriptions of French and Francophone countries and regions.

Requisite: None

FRN 001 and General Education:

  • Badges:

-Diversity & Identity: Consider how multiple kinds of difference—ethnic, racial, gender, and sexual—impact individuals and societies in the past and present.

-Global Awareness: Learn about environments, cultures, and issues in nations and regions outside the US.

FRE 002: Elementary French II

Students will be able to talk about their hobbies and interests, discuss the weather, talk about life stages/life cycle events, talk about articles of clothing, discuss vacations and travel, and describe their homes as well as what chores they do around the house. They will continue to expand and refine their work on present tense verb constructions, while also introducing simple and compound past tense constructions. Cultural topics range from famous French and Francophone athletes, to the French linguistic and cultural presence in Northern and Western Africa, to facts and figures about Paris (the capital of France).

Requisite: FRN 001 or equivalent

FRN 002 and General Education

  • Language requirement
  • Badges:

-Diversity & Identity: Consider how multiple kinds of difference—ethnic, racial, gender, and sexual—impact individuals and societies in the past and present.

-Global Awareness: Learn about environments, cultures, and issues in nations and regions outside the US.

FRE 003: Intermediate French I

Students will be able to talk about food (both shopping for as well as dining terms), describe their health and daily routines, discuss technology, and say where things are located in and around town. They will continue to expand and refine their work on past and present tense verb constructions, while also introducing conditional and future tense verb constructions. Cultural topics range from the Michelin Guide, to explaining Social Security and healthcare in France, to the history and cultural variations around the regions of France.

Requirement: FRN 002 or equivalent

FRN 003 and General Education:

  • Approach to knowledge: Arts and Humanities
  • Badges:

-Diversity & Identity: Consider how multiple kinds of difference—ethnic, racial, gender, and sexual—impact individuals and societies in the past and present.

-Global Awareness: Learn about environments, cultures, and issues in nations and regions outside the US.

-Literary & Textual Analysis: Learn how language creates meaning and ambiguity.