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Elementary French 1 - 1st year

An introduction to spoken and written French. Through practice in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar exercises, students will learn the vocabulary and grammar necessary to communicate in various situations. Cultural material about regions where French is spoken will form an integral part of this course.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate sentence level skills in writing skills;

2. Demonstrate understanding of elementary French grammar;

3. Recognize and comprehend basic spoken French within a given context;

4. Initiate and respond to conversation French;

5. Demonstrate ability to read elementary texts and instructions in French;

6. Demonstrate knowledge of francophone cultures.


Course topics will include the following:

1. Social greetings

2. Numbers

3. Calendar and time

4. Expressing likes and dislikes

5. Talking about weekend and school activities

6. Family and the home

7. Shopping and fashion

8. Food

9. Culture

Essential grammar structures will include:

1. Subject pronouns and the verb être

2. Present tense regular –er verbs

3. Agreement and placement of adjectives

4. The verb aller and its use in expressing the future

5. The verb venir and the immediate past

6. Possessive adjectives

7. Present tense irregular verbs (including avoir, faire, pouvoir, vouloir, prendre, boire)

8. Interrogative pronouns qui and que

9. Partitive article

Method of Instruction:

1. Lecture

2. Group/pair work

3. Audio-visual media resources

Types of Assignments:

1. Homework assignments from the text and workbook

2. Written compositions

3. Oral presentations

4. Other supplemental exercises as assigned

Sample Text:

1. Débuts. Siskin, Williams-Gascon, Field. McGraw-Hill, 2003