Contemporary French Language and Literature 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. If you are unsure whether this is the appropriate level of French course for you, click here.

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

Required text:
Entre Nous 3, Éditions Maison des langues.

Recommended texts:
La grammaire du français B1, Éditions Maison des langues.
Collins-Robert, French-English English-French Dictionary (hard cover edition).

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.

Language of instruction: French

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