Course Description

Course Description: In this course, you will acquire some basic communication skills in the French language, all presented in a meaningful cultural context.  The focus of the class, in the beginning, is oral communication (listening comprehension and production) in the present tense.  As communication topics are expanded, the focus will shift to the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Grammatical structures are presented formally for reference but are integrated in functional situations relating to the communication theme of the day.  In this way you will learn not only to understand and speak basic French, but you will also get a unique insight into the contemporary culture of the francophone world.


Course Goals: The goals of this French class are:

  • To communicate in the French language – the focus will be on understanding spoken French and on exchanging information in simple conversations using various tenses.  You will also learn to read and express yourself in writing in addition to further developing your oral skills.
  • To gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures – you will be introduced to the diversity of the French speaking world and learn to observe and analyze cultural differences in photographs, videos, and other cultural relia.
  • To develop insight into your own language – through grammar study, you will develop an insight into the structure and patterns that exist in French and be able to relate them to the comparable structures in English.