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 Course Title:   French I: D

 Title Abbreviation:   FRENCH I: D

 Department:    FRCH&

 Course #:    121

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    160101

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

A proficiency-based course in French, which includes pronunciation, fundamentals of grammar, syntax, oral and written exercises, reading, and conversation. An appreciation for cultural aspects of France and other French-speaking countries is emphasized. Oral practice is required.

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU 151
U of W 101
WSU 101
WWU 101

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the French sound system/pronunciation and demonstrate some reading skills within the confines of early vocabulary.
  2. Sustain simple conversation within vocabulary limitations. Emphasis is on speaking, and some oral skills will begin to emerge with student use of short appropriate answers, showing comprehension of oral or written material.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the cultural differences among French speakers in different regions of France and/or French-speaking countries, as well as some of the ways that we can expect to enrich our own culture by recognizing creative and philosophical contributions of French-speaking people.
  4. Demonstrate a significant understanding of cultural traits of France and French-speaking countries of the world.
  5. Include the historical, social, and political influences on the cultural questions that s/he studies while acquiring language structures.
  6. Demonstrate that s/he has learned language structures and behaviors that are appropriate in social situations with native speakers as exercises in class, oral interviews, skits, as well as monologues and dialogues.
  7. Develop empathetic respect for multiple races, social classes, and varied backgrounds of people from cultures different from his/her own.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.8 Describe how one’s own preconceptions, biases and values affect one’s response to new and ambiguous situations.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.
3.5 Recognize, comprehend, and use non-verbal behaviors appropriate to a given context.
3.6 Recognize, comprehend, and use visual communication appropriate to a given context.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and issues associated with the diverse perspectives of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and culture.
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.
4.5 Adapt to and function effectively in communities and cultures different from one's own.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Vocabulary: basic beginning words and expressions.
  2. Grammar: articles, gender and number of nouns, articles, gender agreement of adjectives, possessive adjectives, subject pronouns, stressed pronouns, regular present tense -er verb conjugations, irregular verbs: Ítre, avoir, avoir idioms, faire, vouloir, pouvoir, aller, aller + infinitive, venir, prendre, comprendre, apprendre, mettre, boire, il y a, likes and dislikes (aimer+infinitive), formal commands, other infinitive uses, interrogative and negative structures, demonstrative adjectives, prepositions.
  3. Culture: proper use of the formal and familiar you, the use of monsieur, madame, and mademoiselle, family life in France, relationships with friends, proper and expected ways of greeting, the work world.