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French I Part 1
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
French I Part 1 is an introductory course designed for learners who have little or no previous knowledge of the French language and French culture. As they progress through the course, learners will begin to acquire tools necessary for communication in the target language. They will interact with others as well as have the opportunity to present their ideas and interpret texts in French, using recordings, literature, and numerous other resources. Learners will gain a better understanding of other cultures by exploring the global Francophone community, and they will compare these different cultures to each other and to their own. This course will prime students' fluency in various communications with reasonable accuracy, such as the ability to greet others and exchange basic information about themselves, school, family, and preferences. They will also be able to describe people, things, and places, as well as to talk about and to write about daily activities using the present tense. This course, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite to French I Part 2.

These courses include auditory comprehension assessments that require students to listen to audio files and to record themselves speaking. For these courses, it is essential that students have either a headset equipped with a microphone or access to an internal microphone within their computers.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Discover where French is spoken and how Francophone cultures differ from each other.
  • Explore the Ile-de-France region of France.
  • Utilize vocabulary to greet others, introduce oneself, and ask how someone is doing.
  • Describe items used at school.
  • Develop listening and reading comprehension by watching an episode of a video series and by reading a French club newsletter.
  • Compose a profile for a French club newsletter.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Discuss preferences.
  • Utilize adverbs to indicate how often or how well something is done.
  • Ask and answer yes/no questions.
  • Describe family.
  • Develop listening and reading comprehension by viewing an episode of a video series and by reading about French teenagers’ favorite activities.
  • Identify the importance of soccer in the Francophone world, and read about traditional folk dances in France.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec.
  • Describe individuals by using adjectives.
  • Discuss family.
  • Describe a class schedule.
  • Ask for and give the time.
  • Identify family meals in France, and explore the tradition of the family coat of arms.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Utilize vocabulary to discuss shopping for school supplies.
  • Identify a favorite sport, and discuss activities involved in that sport.  
  • Utilize interrogative words to ask questions.
  • Describe the weather.
  • Discuss future plans and recent activities.
  • Explore western France and the history of the French calendar.
  • Read a text by Jacques PrĂ©vert, and watch an episode of a video series to develop reading and listening comprehension.

Course Materials

  • Holt Bien dit! (textbook)

*Available as an iText course

**NCAA approved