FREN 150/6.0 Français Intermédiaire
NOTE: BISC students will join the FREN 150A online course with Kingston campus students for the Fall term 2020. The instructors are from the French Studies department.
Practice in reading, writing, grammar review, and literary analysis. For students wishing to complete a major, medial, or minor Plan in French. This course provides intensive instruction and practice in all the skills of language acquisition (speaking, reading, writing, understanding). It will consist of a weekly grammar lesson, providing instruction and active participation in acquiring the fundamentals of French grammar, with accompanying exercises. Students will also have the opportunity to read and discuss a short novel and a short play written in French and to take part in debates, presentations and discussions in French. There will be a weekly small group session to allow for intense practice in speaking, exchanging views and developing fluent oral efficiency in the language.
NOTE: A placement test is recommended prior to course registration.
At the end of the course, successful learners will:
- develop their fluency in French to a more advanced level.
- improve their accent by weekly discussions around a given topic, reciting poems, staging a play and playing roles of ordinary French speakers.
- refine their writing skills and grammatical accuracy by writing short grammatical compositions every other week, and an essay for the end of the term.
- extend their vocabulary by engaging creatively with authentic French multimedia (songs, films, plays etc).
- become aware of cultural differences and thus develop their critical thinking regarding various aspects of the francophone world by engaging with texts and audio documents from West Africa, Canada, France and the Pacific.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
The highlight of the Experiential Learning programme is the mid-term visit to Paris in February, where it is possible to experience French culture and iconic works of art at first-hand. Previous examples of ELOs for this course include visits to contemporary exhibitions in London, such as the portraits of Cézanne and Gauguin, as well as the Institut Français de Londres and a trip to London Coliseum to watch a performance in French of Notre-Dame de Paris.