Elementary French II

A continuation of the A2 level work begun in FREN 201, focused on the understanding of detached sentences and expressions related to everyday life (such as personal and familial information, travels, food, and one’s immediate environment including home and community).

French grammatical structures such as uses of pronouns, the imperative, and hypothetical sentences will be studied with an interactive approach, stressing communicative competences.

This practice will include:

  • communicating in the context of the practical exchange of information on familiar and socially relevant topics.
  • understanding longer spoken messages,
  • reading short texts such as personal letters and newspaper articles,
  • expressing practical ideas and opinions both orally and in writing.
  • learning about diverse cultures of the French-speaking world.

Three hours a week will be devoted to providing students with useful tools for everyday situations they are likely to encounter in a French speaking region.

At the end of the semester, students will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance, to communicate in routine tasks requiring direct exchange of information on familiar matters, to describe aspects of their background, immediate environment and ordinary needs.

Lectures and class discussions are mostly conducted in French. If you are unsure whether this is the appropriate level of French course for you, click here.

Language of instruction: French

Recommended prerequisites: one of FREN 111, FREN 201, or assignment based on placement test

End-of-unit Tests = 30%
Assignments = 20%
Group project = 10%
Midterm oral = 10%
Final written exam = 20%
In-class participation = 10%

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Required texts:

  1. A BredeletM BufferneBruno MègreM RodriguesOdyssée 2 : Livre de l’élève.(Paris: CLÉ International, 2021).
  2. Laetitia Chaneac-KnightOdyssée 2 : Cahier d'activités. (Paris: CLÉ International, 2021).

Recommended text:

  1. La grammaire du français A2, Éditions Maison des langues