Course type: Hybrid

A hybrid course may involve a combination of synchronous activities (done in “real time”) and asynchronous activities (done in one’s own time). The course will be delivered online.

Intermediate French II

French 123 is a continuation of French 122: a refinement of reading, speaking and listening skills with additional emphasis on techniques of writing through diverse activities:

  • an interactive approach to the review of French grammar, stressing communicative competence;
  • an emphasis on expressing one’s opinion on different topics (work and studies, literature, arts and news):
  • a practical application of strategies for essay-writing in French;
  • a study of contemporary literature and other authentic documents (newspapers, blogs, music, etc.) of the French-Speaking world.

The FREN 123 syllabus follows the Common European Framework of Reference guidelines for the B1.2 level.

Three hours a week will be devoted to providing students with tools for dealing with most situations that they would likely encounter in a French speaking region. Students will be able to produce structured and connected texts on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or related to documents read inside and outside of the classroom (literature, news…); to describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes and ambitions; and to give reasons and explanations for opinions, plans and decisions.

Lectures and class discussions are all conducted in French.

Please note this course will be taught using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning techniques.  This means that students will, at times, interact with the instructor and other classmates at the same time (synchronous learning) and, at other times, work through materials and other learning activities independently (asynchronous).  The course is designed in this way to provide greater flexibility to students, particularly those who are currently living in a different time zone and/or have poor internet connectivity.

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Course website:
The website for this course is available through Canvas.

Required readings:

Entre nous 3, Éditions Maison des langues
2 options:

  • Print Textbook : Entre nous 3, Paris: Éditions Maison des langues, 2016. ISBN: 9788416273249
    If you buy the printed textbook, you can access the audio files on the free version of the Espace Virtuel or on the provided CD or get Premium access with additional resources and online activities (ISBN: 9788417249755)
  • Digital Textbook (online version) with Premium Access : Entre nous 3 .
    If you purchase premium access directly through the Espace Virtuel website, you have the option to purchase an annual subscription for 24.90 EUR or a one-semester subscription for 18.90 EUR.

Espace Virtuel :

This textbook is used for both FREN 122 and FREN 123.

Technical Requirements: Students will need a computer or tablet that has the capacity to view and/or download documents from Microsoft Word (including PPT), video and audio capacity, a keyboard, and headphones if necessary.  Some of the exercises students will complete will require them to record their voices.  Students will also need a quiet environment and a strong and stable Internet connection.

Recommended readings:
Suggestion to practice grammar: Grammaire essentielle du français B1, (Paris: Éditions Didier, 2015)
Suggested for both FREN 122 and FREN 123.

FREN 122 or assignment based on placement test.

Successful completion of French 123 and further courses in French language and/or literature.
French 123 cannot be taken concurrently with 122 or 222 without the permission of an undergraduate advisor in French.

The sequence of French language courses FREN101/102, 111/112, 122/123, 224/225 is designed for non native speakers.
The Department of FHIS reserves the right to refuse enrollment to any of its language courses to a student who has, in the view of the Department, a level of competence unsuited to that course. Enrollment at or below the level the student has already attained is not permitted.

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