FRCH& 121 : French I
Audio/oral approach, emphasizing speaking the language and incorporating short stories, comprehensive reviews, and language drills. (E)
- Understand what has been said to them in French when a speaker speaks at about ½ the normal speaking rate on concrete subjects with which they have familiarity (e.g., greetings, family, going to college, clothing, weather, health).
- Listen to taped monologues and dialogues of native French speakers and using reduced cues, choose main facts from a list of possibilities which have been previously discussed.
- Write down what is being said when a speaker speaks about 1/3 the normal speaking rate when the speaker is speaking on subjects with which they have familiarity (e.g., greetings, family, going to college, clothing, weather, health).
- Write a summary of the text in English or answer factual questions about the content in French phrases, when given a reading text within the confines of 1,000 high-frequency words and sentence structures which do not use more than three clauses.
- Use context rules to say the main point when given a reading text beyond the level of 1,000 high-frequency words and sentence structures which do not use more than three clauses.
- Write a coherent essay of no more than 200 words on an elementary and concrete subject such as their daily life, study at college, food they like, a trip they took.
- Complete exercises on grammatical points such as verb tense, adjectives, articles, and word order.
- Write sentences which demonstrate the proper use of verbs, adjectives, articles and word order,
- Respond when asked a simple yes or no question.
- Construct simple dialogues on the subjects mentioned above and speak or act out the dialogues with other students.
- Respond in words or short phrases when asked a question about the work being discussed in class.
- Construct short dialogues using prompts given in the text.
- Participate with a fluent speaker in a short conversation about daily life
- Find and identify French speaking countries on a map.
- Describe important aspects of at least one French city or area.
- Describe important aspects of Education in France.
- Describe customs, perspectives and daily life in France
- Organize and participate in a small group throughout the year. The group’s tasks include study help, making cassette tapes of dialogues outside of class, and completing drills for the teacher during class time.
- Differentiate between learning for a grade and learning to achieve mastery in another language.
- Tolerate the anxiety caused by not understanding all the language cues around them.
- Apply a grammar rule to a given set of circumstances, i.e., when given a certain pronoun, give the correct verb form.
- Compare and contrast their own values with those of the German-speaking cultures.