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Revision Date: 13-Mar-18

French I

Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-09-2018 - Refund Policy
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Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of the French language and covers basic grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. It includes simple conversation, reading, and writing exercises and provides an introduction to the arts and cultures of France and French-speaking peoples.

Essential Objectives:

1. Recognize and pronounce the basic sounds (phonemes) of the French language.
2. Employ vocabulary and grammatical structures orally in the French language to:
a) Communicate and solicit basic personal information including age, address, telephone number, birthday, nationality, and occupation.
b) Participate in simple interpersonal exchanges such as introductions, greetings, requests, and purchases.
c) Identify personal and household articles such as clothing, furniture, foods, and utensils.
d) Describe his/her town, residence, family, daily activities, interests, personal likes and dislikes, and other important elements of personal life.
e) Respond appropriately to simple statements and questions on selected topics.
3. Describe basic geographical features, cultural and artistic traditions, and elements of daily life (food, clothing, work, etc.) of selected countries in which French is spoken.
4. Apply learned vocabulary and grammatical structures to writing simple sentences, notes and short letters.
5. Read simple prepared or authentic dialogues and narratives and answer questions about the contents of the readings.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

This course is designed for beginners or students who have had very little French studies. If you have acquired substantial exposure to French, please consider enrolling in Fren II. We will do a review at the beginning of Fren II of basic concepts. If you are unsure please contact your advisor.

We will be using French in class to communicate, increasing the amount used as the semester progresses. If you do not understand, please do not hesitate to ask me for clarification. If I think you need additionnal help, I will ask you to come and see me. If you feel you need help, please see me before or after class or arrange for another time. You can also contact me via e-mail.

We will be using the fourth Edition of "Chez Nous Branche sur le Monde Francophone" by Valdman, Pons, Scullen, Prentice Hall. There are used copies available but do not purchase the Third Edition as there have been some changes. Try to have the book for the first class. I also strongly recommend purchasing a dictionnary and the Workbook but these are not essential.


-Lecture based on the required text

-Small group conversation practice and activities


-Mid-term and final exams, including oral exam

-Homework including written compositions

-Presentation of a topic of your choice

Evaluation Criteria:

  • 20% Presence, participation and performance
  • 15% Quizzes
  • 25% Written assignments and Presentation
  • 25% Mid-term and final exam
  • 5%  Oral exam
  • 10% Homework

Grading Criteria:

Grades will be based on the average of all work based on the evaluation criteria:

A : 90%-100%

B : 80%-90%

C : 70%-80%

D : 60%-70%

E : 50%-60%

F : Below 50%


Summer 2018 textbook data will be available on April 9. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Attendance Policy:

Language learning is a cumulative process and you are expected to attend all classes. Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. Please be aware that missing more than three (3) classes will result in a non-satisfactory grade. If you miss more than two classes, your grade will not be above a B-. If you miss more than four, it will not be above a C. You are expected to call or e-mail in the case of any absence - preferably in advance.

You are expected to be present for all tests and quizzes. If you are ill, make sure to leave a message before class. Make-ups will only be arranged when the instructor has been notified in advance or a medical emergency has occurred.

A pattern of late arrival or early departure will constitute absence at the instructor's discretion.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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