FREN 102/3.0 Intermediate French
This course is a continuation of the first term course (French 101) at the intermediate level, though students who have not taken French 101 are very welcome to take the course if they have an appropriate prerequisite, either a qualification or a proven ability in the language. The course consists of a weekly grammar lesson, providing instruction in the fundamentals and some of the finer points of French grammar, with accompanying exercises, together with a weekly conversation class to perfect oral skills. Students will also have the opportunity to read and discuss a French novel (L’Étranger), a “nouvelle” (Le Silence de la mer) and some poetry, as well as taking part in debates, presentations and discussions in the target language.
This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop to an advanced level their abilities in the four basic skills of language learning: understanding, reading, writing, speaking. They will acquire further rigorous training in the rudiments of French grammar, extend their vocabulary, gain a higher level of fluency and accuracy in the spoken language, practice the difficult art of writing correctly in French and be introduced to aspects of French and francophone culture. These diverse outcomes will be achieved by a variety of activities, both instructor-centred and student-centred, reflecting the increasingly complex nature of language acquisition as the students’ mastery of the language progresses.
The two field studies events for this course will take place during the mid-term trip to Paris, during which there will be a free guided tour of the Palais de Versailles. The second event will be a visit to the parfumerie Fragonard in central Paris.
Students will be expected to study rigorously the contents of the language manual and conduct some basic primary research (usually on-line) relating to the topics of presentations and brief compositions. The presentation topics may cover aspects of the two set literary texts or deal with some special feature of the French language (e.g. “argot”, regional variation) or relate to an area of “la francophonie”.
The assessment requirements (and percentages) for this course are as follows:
- 3 brief compositions written in French, at least one of which is related directly to a field studies experience, each worth 10% of the final grade. [30%]
- Attendance and participation: 10%
- Term test: 10%
- Class presentation: 15%
- Oral exam: 10%
- Final exam: 25%