Elementary French 2 - 1st year

Continues the introduction to spoken and written French. Through practice in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar exercises, students will learn the vocabulary and grammar necessary to communicate in various situations. Cultural materials about regions where French is spoken will form an integral part of this course. Emphasis will be placed on improving proficiency in oral communication, reading comprehension, and accurate writing skills.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Speak basic French with standard pronunciation and intonation;

2. Engage in spontaneous conversations with speakers of French;

3. Demonstrate the ability to write grammatically correct sentences and short compositions in French;

4. Recognize and use vocabulary appropriate for situations likely to be encountered by language learners;

5. Read elementary texts and instructions in French;

6. Demonstrate listening comprehension of basic directions, explanations, dialogues, and brief presentations in French;

7. Discuss francophone cultures.


Course topics will include the following:

1. Meals and restaurant dining

2. Health and the body

3. Weather and seasons

4. Occupations

5. Life’s milestones

6. Technology and popular media

7. Travel and transportation

Essential grammar structures will include:

1. Direct and indirect object pronouns

2. Regular –re verbs

3. Imperative

4. Pronominal verbs

5. Passé composé with avoir and etrê

6. Regular –ir verbs

7. Irregular verbs

8. Adverbs

9. Imparfait

10. Irregular adjectives

Method of Instruction:

1. Lecture

2. Partial Immersion

3. Group/pair work

4. Audio-visual media resources

Types of Assignments:

1. Class preparation

2. Homework assignments from the text and workbook

3. Regular lab work

4. Written compositions

5. Oral presentations

Sample Text:

1. Débuts. Siskin, Williams-Gascon, Field. McGraw-Hill, 2003