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French 4.1


French 4.1 is a course designed to teach French on an Intermediate Low to Medium level. French information and directions form much of the course.

By the end of this course, students will be able to speak a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks, and include personal details, responding to direct questions or requests, and ask simple questions to provide personal needs. Using the language alphabet, they can write familiar short simple communications, compositions, or requests that are loosely connected. Students may reference a variety of tense, but write primarily in present tense with basic sentence organization. Students will listen for contextual words and can comprehend one sentence construction with comprehension with some understanding of oral content from advanced speakers, practice reading short connected texts and derive some meaning from descriptive and narrative topics.

Content in the course includes love and friendship, immigrants, social issues and home. Students study the present and past tenses, continue to practice adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, and geographical prepositions.

Expectations for the student include completing writing and speaking assessments using video, active engagement in their own learning, practicing vocabulary over time, comprehending grammar patterns, using various forms of verbs, participating in simple conversations and speaking prompts, analyzing and comparing cultural products, practices and perspectives between French speakers and Americans.

Required Materials:

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This online course requires a Web browser capable of running the Adobe Flash Player plug-in 10.1+. Required course elements will not run on mobile devices, including iPads, that do not support Adobe Flash.

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Course Outline:

Unit 1: Love and Friendship

  • Vocabulary: Love and Friendship; The modern family
  • Grammar: Present regular and irregular; Possessive adjectives and pronouns
  • Culture/History: Marriage in France
  • Pronunciation: Liaison. stress and intonation

Unit 2: Physical Appearance

  • Vocabulary: Physical Appearance; Personality
  • Grammar: Adjectives; Asking Questions
  • Culture/History: Importance of fashion in France
  • Pronunciation: Final consonants + H aspiré (when to pronounce them)

Unit 3: Life in High School

  • Vocabulary: Life in High School; In class
  • Grammar: Imperfect; Passé composé
  • Culture/History: High School System (comparison); La Revolution francaise
  • Pronunciation: Ə / identification Ə  / when to drop them and / e / vs Ɛ/

Unit 4: After School Activities

  • Vocabulary: After School Activities; Vacations
  • Grammar: Passé composé negation; Expressions of time
  • Culture/History: Summer and language camps
  • Pronunciation: S vs. ss

Midterm Review and Test

Unit 5: Public and Private Space

  • Vocabulary: Public and Private Space; House chores
  • Grammar: Passé composé vs. imperfect; Plural of composite nouns + prepositions
  • Culture/History: Public & private space in homes (comparison between U.S. & France)
  • Pronunciation: /u/ vs /y/ and /w/ and /u/

Unit 6: Regional Cuisine

  • Vocabulary: Relationship with Food; Regional Cuisine
  • Grammar: Articles Adverbs; Plus-que-parfait / indirect discourse
  • Culture: Meal rituals in French-speaking countries
  • History: Napoleon
  • Pronunciation: open and closed vowel - /o/ vs. /Ɔ/; open and closed “eu”

Unit 7: Transportation

  • Vocabulary: Public Space; Transportation
  • Grammar: Direct and indirect object pronouns; y/en disjunctive pronouns + order of pronouns
  • Culture/History: The Paris subway
  • Pronunciation: Nasal vowels - /ä/ vs. /Ɔ/ vs. œ + denasalisation

Unit 8: Final

  • Final Exam