French 1

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Semester 1

Course Description

French is one of the most-studied languages in the world, with 175 million speakers in more than 50 countries. More than 30% of English words have a basis in French, so learning French will also improve knowledge of English vocabulary. Introductory French prepares the student for basic conversation in such situations as greetings and introductions, describing one’s family, expressing opinions, and describing leisure activities. Learning to speak French can help prepare the student for a career in international business in French-speaking Africa, working with international agencies such as the International Olympic Committee or studying in a French-speaking country.With readings and media drawn from authentic sources, students see and hear the cultural context of what they are learning. Although the emphasis is on French spoken in France, students are exposed to the regional differences in French-speaking Canada and Africa, underscoring the global nature of the French-speaking world today.This course will introduce the student to the basics of French pronunciation, as well as common phrases for greetings, introductions, preferences, expressing opinions, and describing leisure activities. French culture will be highlighted as the context for learning new vocabulary and grammar. Students will be encouraged to draw comparisons between French customs and their own.

Course Prerequisites

None

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

None

Major Concepts

  • Greetings and Introductions
  • Expressing Opinions
  • People and Family
  • Seasons and Shopping
  • Sports and Activities
  • Past and Future tense

Semester 2

Course Description

Learning to speak French can help prepare the student for a career in international business in French-speaking Africa, working with international agencies such as the International Olympic Committee or studying in a French-speaking country. With readings and media drawn from authentic sources, students see and hear the cultural context of what they are learning. Although the emphasis is on French spoken in France, students are exposed to the regional differences in French-speaking Canada and Africa, underscoring the global nature of the French-speaking world today.This course will continue with the everyday vocabulary and phrases for ordering food in a restaurant, asking for prices and making purchases, telling about yesterday’s activities, and planning a vacation. French culture will be highlighted as the context for learning new vocabulary and grammar; students will be encouraged to draw comparisons between French customs and their own.

Course Prerequisites

None

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

None

Major Concepts

  • Dining at restaurants
  • Money and Shopping
  • Household Terms
  • Ask for and give directions
  • Make requests and respond
  • Travel Transactions