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France: Courses Offered
Intermediate Level (Level A2 of CEFR)

FREN 201: Intermediate French (3 qh)
This course consists of listening and guided reading of a comic strip. The story makes the student aware of the communication dimension of the language as well as the varied ways of speaking (accents, language levels, usage) which correspond to different social backgrounds. Different points of grammar are also studied.

FREN 221: Intermediate Composition (3 qh)
This course introduces the techniques of descriptive and narrative writing with training and practice. It consists of focused exercises and written work stressing sentence construction and the verb tenses. Preparation A1, A2 written expression.

FREN 231: Spelling and Grammar (4 qh)
This course develops the student’s knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, syntax and spelling. The teaching method is either deductive (the rules are presented in a systematic way and applied in examples) or inductive (observation and study of a written document followed by deduction) by which the student is led to discover, by his/herself, the rule which is then immediately applied in exercises.

FREN 251: Intermediate Listening, Comprehension and Speaking (4 qh)
After the discovery and learning of basic vocabulary and structures, the different themes touched on form the subject of participatory activities which give the student the opportunity to explore the cultural dimension of the language: Discussion of poems, reading of paintings, research and presentations, debates, investigation and observation. The students’ comprehension and oral expression is also developed by the use of audio visual documents as well as role play, speaking and recitations.

FREN 261: Written Comprehension (2 qh)
This course is based on the lexical, syntactic and grammatical study of varied, simple texts about modern life. It is effective preparation for written communication. Written exercises, explanation of texts and French composition are introduced. The class develops the student’s autonomy which is necessary for the reinforcement of individual, silent reading habits. These skills are useful in the preparation of argumentation and the expression of opinions based on received information.

FREN 291: Intensive Intermediate French (9 qh)
Course offered during the school year, as an alternative to the course FREN 201, 231, 261


 

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