French I  (1.5 hours)

10:30-12:00  Instructor: Becky Tucker

 

This is an introductory course designed for students who have never studied French before. The goal of this class is to provide members with a basic knowledge of French, to improve 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, faire and avoir verbs 

·        Pronoun “on” 

·        Stress pronouns (moi, toi, lui, etc

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

·        The expression « Il y a »

·        Placement and agreement of adjectives 

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

·        Asking and responding to questions (est-ce que)

·        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

 

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 family, work, home and leisure activities 

·        Engage in register-appropriate basic conversations

·        Ask for and give directions 

·        Talk about the seasons and the weather 

 

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 IA  (1.5 hours)

9:00-10:30  Instructor: Becky Tucker

 

This is a slightly more quickly paced introductory course designed for students who have studied French before but have not used their French for many years. The goal of this class is to review basic grammatical concepts in French, to improve 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:

Review of:

·        Alphabet

·        Accents and pronunciation

·        Numbers

·        Time

·        Date

·        Formality and levels of language (vous and tu

·        Noun gender

Study:

·        Use of present tense and immediate future 

·        Negative sentence structures 

·        -er verbs 

·        Etre, aller, faire and avoir verbs 

·        Pronoun “on” 

·        Stress pronouns (moi, toi, lui, etc

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

·        The expression « Il y a »

·        Placement and agreement of adjectives 

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

·        Asking and responding to questions (est-ce que)

·        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

 

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 readily about family, work, home and leisure activities 

·        Engage in register-appropriate basic conversations

·        Ask for and give directions 

·        Talk about the seasons and the weather 

 

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 II  (1.50 hours)

10:30-12:00 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 :  Lessons will include these concepts of French grammar and culture :

·        Conjugation of regular -ir, and -re verbs

·        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)

·        Expressions with « quelqu’un » and « quelque chose »

·        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); BescherelleL’Art de conjuguer 12,000 verbes (Verb Conjugation), Publisher: Hatier, ISBN: 2218717166. 

 

 

 

 

FRENCH IIIA  (1.50 hours)

9:00-10:30 Instructor: Barbara Shaw

 

French 3A 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:  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 

 

 

 

 

French III B (1.5 hrs)

10:30 – 12:00 Instructor: Hélène Perriguey-Keene

 

About the class:  This class builds upon the foundations established in Level I, II, and IIIA. IIIB is an intermediate French class that puts together what has been covered in the former levels while bringing new and more intricate aspects of French grammar, along with practical vocabulary, and cultural, historical, and social aspects of the French speaking world. The ultimate goal of the class is to enable students to achieve a higher level of understanding and ability to communicate in French. Taught in French by a native speaker, oral communication will be increased from the previous level. At-home preparation is required.

 

About the textbook:  The main objective of À votre tour! is to bring students to a level where they can comfortably express themselves on a variety of French and francophone topics. Avoiding the excessive rigor of most intermediate texts, this manual immerses students in authentic language and cultural contexts to achieve three key objectives: to build and reinforce oral and written communication skills, to develop reading skills and cultural awareness, and to forge a strong linguistic base.

 

 Course Outline :  

Lessons will include these concepts of French grammar:

·        pronominal verbs (present, past, commands)

·        present tense (indicative and subjunctive)

·        past tenses in narrative (passé composé, imparfait, plus-que-parfait, passé simple)

·        future tenses (futur simple, futur antérieur)

·        direct and indirect object pronouns, y, en, stress pronouns, reciprocal pronouns (positions & uses)

·        conditionnal mood (present and past)

·        the construction faire + infinitive

·        indefinite adjectives and pronouns

·        negative expressions

·        comparative and superlative form of adjectives, nouns, and adverbs

·        interrogative pronouns

·        demonstrative pronouns and possessive pronouns

·        uses of subjunctive mood (present and past; uses after conjunctions)

·        if clauses

·        relative pronouns

·        forms and uses of the infinitive (present and past)

·        present participle 

 

Lessons will include these linguistic objectives:

You will learn how:

·        to describe what people do for themselves

·        to describe certain aspects of your daily routine

·        to express feelings and change of mood

·        to describe what you have to do

·        to ask others to do certain things for you

·        to express opinions about situations and events

·        to narrate a sequence of past events

·        to describe the setting of these past events

·        to read literary accounts of past events

·        to answer questions using one or more pronouns

·        to talk about numbers of people and things without specifying exact quantities

·        to describe actions that people have others do for them

·        to discuss future plans

·        to talk about future events

·        to describe what you would do under certain conditions

·        to compare people and things

·        to express who or what is the best

·        to indicate what belongs to you and what belongs to other people

·        to point out specific people or things and ask questions about them

·        to express your doubts and fears

·        to affirm your beliefs

·        to let people know how you feel about both present and past events

·        to make wishes or suggestions

·        to formulate polite requests

·        to narrate past actions in sequence

·        to indicate what you would do in certain circumstances

·        to talk about how people interact with each other

·        to describe people and things in a clear and complete manner

·        to describe simultaneous actions

·        to indicate why you do certain things

·        to explain under which conditions or constraints you do certain things

·        to express how your actions may depend on what others do

·        to describe how your actions have an efect on other people

 

Lessons will include these communicative objectives:

You will review:

·        how to introduce and describe yourself

·        how to talk about your weekly activities

·        how to order something to eat and drink

·        how to describe past events

·        how to talk about things you used to do when you were younger

·        how to invite people, and accept (or refuse) their invitations

·        how to ask people to help you

·        how to describe what you do for others

 

You will learn how:

·        to describe what a person looks like

·        to explain what you do to make yourself look good

·        to talk about your daily activities

·        to describe how you feel in different circumstances

·        to talk about various chores and activities around the home

·        to ask others to help you, and to give excuses if you cannot be of service to them

·        to describe objects: their shape, dimensions, weight, and construction

·        to talk about vacation activities

·        to tell people who are on vacation that they should take certain precautions and avoid danger

·        to describe weather conditions and natural phenomenon

·        to buy stamps and mail letters

·        to purchase small items you might need

·        to get a haircut

·        to ask for various services

·        to make travel plans and purchase tickets

·        to go through passport control and customs

·        to travel by plane and by train

·        to reserve a hotel room

·        to ask for services in a hotel

·        to see a doctor or dentist and explain what is wrong

·        to follow the doctor's instructions

·        to arrange to meet friends

·        to explain where people live

·        to describe your neighborhood

·        to talk about friends and acquaintances

·        to explain how people get along with one another

·        to congratulate people an their success or comfort them when they are feeling down

·        to describe the various phases of the life cycle

·        to talk about what you plan to study in the future

·        to indicate what type of job or profession you would like to have

·        to describe your personal qualifications

·        to prepare a résumé in French

 

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

·        Refine basic grammatical structures learned in first year.

·        Read essays and/or short narratives and extrapolate information of some detail.

·        Follow extended discourse for which the topic and vocabulary have been reviewed in advance.

·        Write multi-paragraph compositions on familiar topics and assigned material.

·        Initiate and respond to questions and maintain a limited conversation.

·        Show awareness of cultural differences as expressed in written texts.

 

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 (not required):  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 (a good first year French textbook)

 

 

 

French IV - Conversation (0.45 hrs)

8:45 – 9:30 Instructor: Hélène Perriguey-Keene

 

Course Outline: (Under Construction)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Required Books and Materials Used: (Under Construction)

 

 

 

 

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 dictionary (Larousse or Petit Robert)

 

 

 

 

French IV – Grammar (1.0 hrs)

9:30 – 10:30 Instructor: Hélène Perriguey-Keene

 

Course Outline : The goal of this class is to do a comprehensive French grammar review for those who have already acquired a foundation in French through contextual or communicative approaches, but who need to review and expand upon what they already know. It is geared specifically to English-speaking students from the intermediate to the advanced levels.

Grammar points reviewed throughout the year include:

·        Le présent; l’impératif

·        Les articles; quantités, préparations et substances; omission de l’article

·        Les pronoms objets directs et indirects; les pronoms y et en

·        Les pronoms disjoints; forme des pronoms dans certaines constructions idiomatiques

·        Les adjectifs et pronoms démonstratifs

·        L’interrogation directe

·        L’appartenance

·        La négation

·        Temps principaux du passé de l’indicatif

·        Les participes présent et passé

·        Le futur et le conditionnel

·        Le subjonctif

·        L’infinitif

·        L’expression de la condition

·        Du discours direct au discours indirect au passé

·        Les subordonnées relatives

·        L'expression du temps

·        Le passif et les tournures passives

·        La comparaison

·        Les indéfinis

·        Pluriel et accords

 

Required Books and Materials Used: Contrastes: Grammaire du français courant (2nd Edition) by Denise Rochat (Prentice Hall, 2009) SBN-10: 0205646999 /ISBN-13: 978-0205646999

 

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 V – Advanced Conversation (1.5 hrs)

10:30 - 12:00 Instructor: Nacer Khelouz

 

Course Outline : The goal of this course is dynamic dialog on a variety of topics chosen either by the professor or the class members. The professor will moderate discussions and correct usage with minimal explanation. 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 engage 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.

 

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

·        Engage in dynamic conversations achieved through the exchange of ideas and information.

·        Use professors’ corrections as they moderate the discussions in order to perfect language usage

·        Research and discuss topics of interest in French.

 

Required Books and Materials Used: Although no texts or manuals are required, regular reading of French newspapers and magazines online is suggested, such as: www.lefigaro.fr 

 

Recommended Reference Books : Collins Robert French CollegeDictionary(French/English-English/French). Publisher: Harper CollinsPublishers, ISBN: 0060892005; Bescherelle: L’Art deConjuguer 12,000 Verbes, Publisher: Hatier, ISBN: 2218717166; Le Nouveaupetit Robert dictionnairede la languefrançaise(French-French), Publisher: Le Robert, ISBN: 2850368261