FREN 101: French I

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2020
Credits: 5
Total Contact Hours: 90
Lecture Hours : 90
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 180
District General Education: C2. Humanities
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: Yes - Approved
Grading Method: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Catalog Course Description

A course in elementary French grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation which focuses on understanding, speaking, reading, and writing simple French and serves as an introduction to the geography, history, and culture of the French-speaking world. 90 lecture hours.

Course Objectives

  • ask and answer questions and maintain a simple conversation in areas of immediate need and on very familiar topics
  • pronounce French well enough to be intelligible to native speakers
  • understand, with some repetition, simple questions and statements
  • read and understand the information presented in a simple paragraph
  • write a short paragraph on a familiar topic using standard French grammar
  • respond appropriately to everyday situations in French culture such as greeting, leave-takings, buying food, and asking directions
  • understand French practices and perspectives available only through France and its cultures

Major Course Content

  1. Vocabulary
    1. Nouns
    2. Verbs
    3. Numbers
    4. Pronouns
    5. Adjectives
  2. Grammar
    1. Noun/modifier agreement
    2. Subject/verb agreement
    3. Present and future tenses of regular and irregular verbs
    4. Prepositions
    5. Pronouns
    6. Comparative and superlative constructions
    7. Imperative forms
    8. Partitives
  3. Listening Skills (understanding key words and ideas of level-appropriate audio materials)
    1. Videos
    2. Cassette tapes, CD's, and records
    3. CD ROM materials
  4. Speaking Skills
    1. Sound/symbol correspondence
    2. Pronunciation of basic French words and phrases
    3. Role playing
  5. Reading Skills (understanding key words and ideas of level-appropriate written materials)
    1. History and culture
    2. Dialogues
    3. Short stories
    4. Poetry
  6. Writing Skills (using correct spelling, grammar, and syntax)
    1. Words, phrases, and sentences
    2. Short paragraphs and letters
    3. Dictations
  7. Culture
    1. History
    2. Geography
    3. Verbal and non-verbal behavior
    4. Gastronomy
    5. Holidays and celebrations

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Students will be asked to read short articles, magazine ads and beginning level short stories.

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Students will be required to write an essay describing themselves and their family.

Examples of Outside Assignments

Students will be required to keep a journal in French. Students will be required to watch documentaries and movies in French. Students will do oral and listening comprehension exercises which they will access online.

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Online Education Lecture

IGETC Area 6: Languages other than English