FREN301

Intermediate French I

With an approach that is communicative and collaborative, inductive and interactive, the course develops understanding of the French language and the Francophone world and refines writing and reading, speaking and listening skills through diverse activities:

  • an interactive approach to the review of French grammar, stressing communicative competence;
  • an emphasis on group work and task-based activities;
  • an introduction to essay-writing in French;
  • an emphasis on the expression one’s opinion on different topics (work and studies, leisure activities, social topics, news);
  • a study of contemporary literature and other authentic documents (newspapers, blogs, music, etc.) of the French-Speaking world.

FREN301 syllabus follows the Common European Framework of Reference guideline for B1 level (first half).

Three hours a week will be devoted to providing students with tools for dealing with situations that they are likely to encounter in a French speaking region. Students will be able to understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar subjects in work, school and leisure activities; to produce a simple and cohesive text on familiar subjects or subjects of personal interest and to narrate an event or an experience.

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 : https://espacevirtuel.emdl.fr/

This textbook is used for both FREN 301 and FREN 302.

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 301 and FREN 302.

Language of instruction: French

Prerequisite:
One of FREN 12, FREN 112, FREN 202 or assignment based on placement test.

Note:
Successful completion of French 301 leads to French 302 and further courses in French language and/or literature. French 301 cannot be taken concurrently with 302 without the permission of an undergraduate advisor in French.

The sequence of French language courses FREN 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, and 402 is designed for non-native speakers. UBC’s French language course sequence should be taken in order and one course at a time: FREN 101 then 102, followed by 201 and 202, and so on.

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.