French: World Language and Culture

Fall 2021 (3 credits)

Course Description

This one-semester course for learners with no previous knowledge of French aims to promote an international perspective and complementary world view by helping them acquire the basics of French. By the end of the course students will be able to understand and communicate at an elementary level in both oral and written French, and have an overview of certain themes in French and Francophone culture which will contribute to their knowledge of Europe and the world.


Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

  • gain an introductory insight into another European language and culture;
  • develop a sense of confidence when dealing with French-speaking people and French-language materials in their daily lives;

and, more specifically:

  • understand conversational enquiries and simple instructions, notices and information that they might encounter on a visit to a French-speaking country;
  • make and respond appropriately to everyday conversational enquiries that they might encounter, and give straightforward opinions;
  • acquire a sufficiently accurate pronunciation and intonation of French to be understood by native speakers of the language;
  • understand simple messages relating to people’s lives and interests;
  • produce simple messages relating to people’s lives and interests;
  • develop basic intuitions about French vocabulary and learn the fundamental principles of French grammar;
  • understand and appreciate aspects of the cultures of France and the French-speaking world.

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