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Course Number:
FR 201
Course Title:
Second Year French - First Term
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Course Description

Continues the work of FR 103. Emphasizes active communication in French. Includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, structure, vocabulary, and culture. Recommended: Completion of FR 103. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

FR 201 is offered for four hours of transferable credit. It meets four hours per week and is the first term of a three term sequence which equals one full year of French. This course satisfies part of the foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree, counts as an elective for the A.A. degree, and contributes to the general education requirement for other associate degrees.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively in a variety of interactions in interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication (speaking, reading, listening, and writing) in predictable contexts while expanding vocabulary in present, past and future tenses.
  2. Employ language-learning strategies consistently.
  3. Identify and begin to analyze selected cultural products, practices, and perspectives in the target cultures and compare them to one’s own culture.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

General education philosophy statement

This course requires students to focus on French language learning in five primary ways: reading, writing, speaking, listening and culture. Students negotiate and make meaning from written and oral texts by making contextual inferences as they encounter new structures and vocabulary, draw on prior knowledge and conceptually organize experience. A key goal of this course is for students to explore the French language and the products, practices and perspectives of the culture in order to reflect upon and analyze their own culture and their role in a global community. Students who study French become more responsible global citizens and are better able to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world in a variety of contexts and in culturally appropriate ways.

Course Activities and Design

Students are expected to attend all classes, participate actively in classroom activities, and prepare oral and written homework assignments. Students may meet with the teacher in conferences. After the introduction to the course, French will be used in the classroom at all times. Students should plan to spend about hour in preparation and practice outside of class for each class hour.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1.   Active participation in interactive class activities, including individual, pair or group activities

2.    Frequent contextual written tasks (in or outside of class) to assess reading, writing, cultural and aural competencies

3.    Oral interviews with instructor

4.   In class, interactive student role-plays and other pair activities

5.    Individual and group presentations

6.    Class discussions to enhance cultural awareness and knowledge

7.   Self-reflection essays

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Content includes some or all:

  • Present tense of regular and irregular verbs

  • Forming more complex questions using a variety of interrogative forms

  • More work with adjective agreement and placement

  • More work with adverbs (including placement)

  • Reflexive and reciprocal verbs

  • Preterite and imperfect conjugations, as well as the difference between the two

  • Personal relationships, daily city life, media, Francophonie in North America, history and life in Marseille and Lyon and Québec