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Syllabus FR 101-Fall 2022

Southern Maine Community College
South Portland, Maine 04106
Title: Introduction to French
Catalogue number: FREN 101-01
Credit Hours: 4
Total Contact Hours: 60
Instructor: Jean-Christophe Barré
email: Jbarre@smccme.edu
Office hours: by appointment
FR 101-FALL 2022
Online class on ZOOM & Brightspace
Course description: Emphasizing the active use of the language, this course
develops the fundamental skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It
includes an introduction to the cultural background of France and the
Francophone world. Cultural contexts and authentic materials will be used to
promote an understanding of French and Francophone Cultures.
During online class, you should be using HEADPHONES & HAVE YOUR
CAMERA ON AT ALL TIME for a better online learning environment. The sound
quality is extremely important for remote learning. Each class contains multiple
activities, including real-life language use, Q&A, watching YouTube videos, using
web links, listening audio files, presentations, and role playing among others. The
course will focus on oral comprehension and French phonetics. Interactive
materials component create a multifaceted and challenging learning environment.
This course is appropriate for students with two or fewer years of high
school French. No prerequisite
Course objectives: students will develop basic proficiency in French in a
communicative environment. The ACTIVE PARTICIPATION of the student is
encouraged for better results. As in-person classes, you will be expected to
participate and be engaged. Participation will be graded.
After successfully completing the course, student will be able to:
1) Understand the phonetics of French and its specific components
2) Understand spoken French in a variety of basic situations
3) Understand the basic of French grammar and apply the grammatical concepts in
contextualized situations
4) Produce simple and accurate phrases in oral and written environments
5) Be understood in a variety of basic situations
6) Demonstrate the capacity to read texts exclusively in the target language
7) Demonstrate the use and knowledge of basic French vocabulary
8) Be aware and discuss cultural differences and similarities
No textbook is required, but the material (lesson & homework packets) will be
available on Brightspace every week. The review of these documents is
essential to understand and integrate the lessons and do the assignments
The book English grammar for students of French is highly recommended:
ISBN #: 13: 978-0-934034-42-5
Why learning French?
French is one of the most popular and widely spoken European languages in the
world! "If you want a language for international business, politics, or travel, French
is best," says Pablo Solomon, a former teacher, counselor, and consultant to the U.S.
Department of Education. French is ranked 2nd most influential language in the
world. It's the official language in 29 countries! French is spoken by over 200 million
people on five continents! It's a key language in the business community and is a key
to innumerable business connections with U.S. firms. For instance, they are a great
deal of French companies in Boston area and all around New England that are
interested to hire individuals with French language skills.
"French is also the language of choice in the arts." According to the 2012
Tourism Highlights publication from United Nations World Tourism Organization,
France is ranked #1 on the international tourist list. So you will be able to practice
your French while traveling everywhere in the world: you can travel to Canada and
the Province of Québec, our neighbor to the north! France of course and Frenchspeaking Belgium are members of the European Union. You can also go visit
Switzerland, Luxembourg and African countries such as Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal,
Benin, Togo, Rwanda, Cameroon, Ivory Cost...
French is also a fantastic research language for anyone hoping to complete
graduate study. A good deal of research and learned writings have been published in
French, including a huge body of scholarly journals and books from a culture that
produced some of the finest minds in the sciences, philosophy, music, literature and
other humanities.
Becoming bilingual or multilingual is a great way to be part of the open world
and be prepared for global career opportunities down the line.
Students are expected to attend class and actively participate in all aspects of the
learning process. This includes class discussions, written work, and in-class
activities. Participation is essential to language acquisition. In order for you to
participate in class actively in class, you should review the appropriate material
ahead of time. National and local studies have shown a direct correlation between
attendance and grade performance. Therefore, attendance is considered mandatory.
Assignments and homework will be given at each class and must be
completed before the next one. You can't expect to make progress or succeed if you
don't do the homework or review your materials.
In the event that you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what
material you have missed and any homework assignments.
Attendance-Participation: 20%- Students are expected to attend class and actively
participate in all aspects of the learning process. Participation in class is valued. Great
questions ask questions! Speaking during classes is essential to language acquisition and
to improve your pronunciation and oral expression skills.
Assignments-Homework: 20% Homework will be given after each class to reinforce your
skills and introduce the next lesson. All assignments & homework will be graded.
Quizzes-Mid-term-: 30%- Quizzes will be given at anytime.
Written Final Exam: 20%- This is a cumulative exam based on several lessons.
Final Oral assessment: 10%- This is an Oral Proficiency Interview (one on one)
conducted at the end of the semester.
Your grade will be impacted after two unexcused absences. After more than 6
absences, you will be given an F.
The grade scale is as follows:
79-78=C+ 77-72=C
89-87=B+ 86-82=B
71-70=C- 69-67= D+ 66-60 = D
Below 60=F
*It's imperative for the student to prepare the material BEFORE he/she
arrives in class.
*Please no gum in class: It does NOT help with the pronunciation.
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online and can be accessed through the student portal. Students can access the course
evaluations beginning one week before the end of classes. The deadline for submission of
evaluations occurs Monday at 5 p.m. following the last day of the class. You will receive an email to your student e-mail account when course evaluations are available.
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services for students with disabilities and the accommodation process is available upon
request at this number. Course policies about online testing are modified to suit each
individual’s accommodations.
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SYLLABUS- French FR 101-01
Fall 2022
Online class on Zoom & Brightspace
Week 1:
Lesson 1:
Course introduction, explanation of grading procedures and expectations.
Learning objectives:
Greetings in French and cultural note.
Vocabulary: greetings and introductions.
The French alphabet, the accent marks in French.
Phonetics: general tips about French pronunciation: silent letters and
Week 2:
Lesson 2: review of lesson 1.
Learning objectives:
Vocabulary: days of the week.
Grammar: subject pronouns, with special attention to tu and vous.
Cultural note: tu versus vous.
Introducing yourself, stating your nationality and profession.
Grammar: conjugating être in the present tense.
Expressions using the verb être.
Counting in French.
Week 3:
Lesson 3: review of lesson 2
Learning objectives:
Grammar: C'est versus Il/Elle est to state someone's profession or nationality
Introducing somebody else.
Describing personality traits using être + adjective.
Grammar: adjective agreement.
List of adjectives.
Phonetics: pronunciation of adjectives: grand versus grande
Week 4:
Lesson 4: review of lesson 3
Learning objectives:
Reviewing numbers in French.
Grammar: conjugating avoir in the present tense.
Expressions using the verb avoir.
Describing someone's age.
Grammar: the negative construction: NE + verb + PAS.
Week 5:
Lesson 5: review of lesson 4
Learning objectives:
Stating what you own using un, une, des.
Phonetics: special attention to the pronunciation of un versus une.
Grammar: possessive adjectives.
Describing your family. Vocabulary around la famille
Week 6:
Lesson 6: review of lesson 5
Learning objectives:
Strategies to read and understand a text.
Definition of a cognate.
Grammar: asking simple questions. (3 forms: casual-standard-formal)
Cultural note: Le petit Nicolas est malade.
Week 7:
Lesson 7: review of lesson 6
Learning objectives:
Gender of nouns.
Grammar: general tips to decide whether a noun is feminine or masculine
Forming plural nouns.
Grammar: the indefinite articles: forms and uses.
Indefinite articles in a negative construction.
Week 8:
Lesson 8: review of lesson 7
Learning objectives:
The definite articles: forms and uses.
Using the structure IL Y A + articles
Cultural note: visit of Paris and its monuments.
Week 9:
Lesson 9: review of lesson 8
Learning objectives:
Reviewing the use of articles: describing what you like, what you own.
Grammar: conjugating regular -ER verbs.
Practicing using -ER verbs, -ER verbs list.
Special attention to -ER stem changing verbs
The verb ALLER
Week 10
Lesson 10: review of lesson 9
Learning objectives:
The contracted and non-contracted articles.
List of verbs followed by the preposition À or DE.
Vocabulary: places around town.
The near future: aller +infinitive.
Week 11:
Lesson 11: review of lesson 10
Learning objectives:
Grammar: prepositions of space: describing where things are.
Prepositions + geographical locations.
Vocabulary: talking about activities. The verb FAIRE.
Understanding and giving directions.
Week 12
Lesson 12: review of lesson 11
Learning objectives:
Grammar: asking specific questions using question words.
List of question words.
Asking a specific question in 3 forms: casual-standard-formal.
The use of QUEL.
Week 13:
Lesson 13: review of lesson 12
Learning objectives:
Grammar: conjugation the verbs -IR, -OIR, -RE in the present tense.
List of common verbs.
Week 14: review of lesson 13
Learning objectives:
Reviewing -IR, -OIR, -RE verbs conjugation
Asking specific questions using all types of verbs.
Partitive articles. Expressions of quantities.
Ordering food/drinks.
Vocabulary around food and cultural note: la cuisine française .
Week 15:
Preparation and review for the final exam.
Week 16:
Final Exams.