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Estimated Completion Time

36 weeks


Bienvenue! Welcome! Come and join various native French speakers as they give students a lively introduction to the language and its rich culture. Join them in their everyday environment as they take students through different daily scenarios and give them the necessary skills to read, write, and speak French.

In this course, students learn the basic French language. After one semester, students will be able to engage in conversation in French including greeting people, introducing themselves, and exchanging basic information with others. Students learn to count from one to 1,000 and make simple sentences in both spoken and written French. Students continue to develop their French skills in semester two.

New words and phrases are introduced with pictures, audio clips, and examples. Students learn basic French grammar to help them build fluency and understand the structure of the French language. Students have many opportunities to practice what they learn through interactive practice activities in the form of games, written practice, and listening and speaking exercises.

Students also explore the cultures of France, Canada, and other French-speaking regions by learning about geography, foods, celebrations, and traditions from each place. Bon Voyage! Enjoy the trip!

Major Topics and Concepts

Module 1: Famous locations in Paris, main events in French history, basic pronunciation, introductory phrases/conversation, cognates/borrowed words, numbers 1-10, definite/indefinite objects,  and employment opportunities for French-speakers.

Module 2: Train travel in France, numbers to 70, calendar vocabulary, seasons, how to tell time in French, talk about likes and dislikes, French accent marks, and subject pronouns.

Module 3: French-speaking Africa, how to conjugate être, forming plural nouns, form questions, make statements negative, describe family members, and using adjective agreement.

Module 4: Community vocabulary, the verb aller, vocabulary related to classrooms/desktops, possessive adjectives, numbers to the thousands, and irregular adjectives.

Module 5: Shopping in Paris, avoir, talking about needs, clothing, colors, adjective agreement, and Avoir expressions.

Module 6: Strasbourg, Caracassone, city vocabulary, review telling time, transportation/going places, entertainment, être à, verb review, -er verbs,  stem changing verbs, prepositions à and de.

Module 7: La Tour Eiffel, Nice, the Alps, weather in France, weather vocabulary/activities, du, de la, and de l’, faire, negative statements, le future proche, and disjunctive pronouns.

Module 8: Bretagne, Northwestern France, television vocabulary, sports, -ir verbs, Astérix, irregular adjectives, ce, cette and quel.

Module 9: Le minitel, French Indochina and Canada, describing where things are located, countries, irregular –ir verbs, use of à, au, aux, en, de, du, des, d’ in Locations/Nationalities, -RE verbs.

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