Revised 1/29/99

NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
FRE 201 - INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I (3 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Continues to develop understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills. French is used in the classroom. Lecture 3 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

The purpose of Intermediate French is to enable the student to become more proficient in speaking and understanding French in a greater variety of situations. The student continues to develop understanding, speaking, reading and writing skills.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCY

The prerequisite for this course is FRE102 - "Beginning French II" or equivalent.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

A. Listening

The student will understand content referring to basic personal background and needs, social conventions and somewhat more complex situations, such as lodging, transportation, shopping, personal interests and activities, and a greater diversity of instructions and directions. In addition to face-to-face conversations, the student will be able to understand short routine telephone conversations and simple announcements and reports over the media. B. Speaking Given a basic communicative context, the student will be able to talk simply about self and family members, ask and answer questions, participate in simple conversations on topics beyond immediate needs, such as personal history, leisure time activities. Students' sentence length will be longer than in 101 and 102, but may contain long pauses. Pronunciation may continue to be strongly influenced by first language and fluency is lacking. The student can generally be understood by sympathetic listeners. C. Reading The student will be able to read making only minimal suppositions in areas of personal interest and/or knowledge. The student will be able to read straightforward descriptions of persons, places, and things written for a wide audience. D. Writing The student writes about personal preferences, daily routine, everyday events, and other topics grounded in personal experience. The student can express present time and at least one other time frame or aspect consistently. MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED

Topics to be covered may include further development in the areas of:

  • Everyday situations
  • Family life
  • Student life
  • Cross cultural comparisons
  • Use of leisure time
  • Social issues
  • Political events
  • Literary texts

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