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                                    COURSE SYLLABUS


1.   COURSE TITLE
     French III


2.   COURSE CODE
     FREN2620


3.   NO. OF UNITS
     3


4.   PREREQUISITE
     FREN1620 or equivalent


5.   OFFERING DEPARTMENT
     Language Centre


6.   AIMS & OBJECTIVES
     This course builds on the acquisitions of French I and II and aims at giving students the ability
     to conduct a conversation in French in order to deal with situations a person might encounter
     while staying in France for a few months (registering on a French language course, finding a
     flat, looking for a job, talking about one’s daily life, seeing the doctor, etc.). To achieve this, a
     range of classroom activities will be proposed, to which active participation by students is
     expected. French culture will be introduced, particularly through the Internet. Pronunciation
     and grammar will also be taught. In French 3, students will be working at the A2 level of the
     CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).


7.   COURSE CONTENT


     Chapter 1: Mes études (my studies)
       1. communication
               talking about one’s studies (subjects and time-table)
               comparing
        2. grammar
                   interrogative sentence (structure verb + subject - 1)
                   comparative sentence (with nouns and adjectives)

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                  irregular comparatives (mieux, meilleur)
               prepositions of time (à, de, jusqu’à, pendant, …)
        3. vocabulary
               university subjects
               expressions of time
        4. pronunciation
                reading French: c = k/s
        5. introduction to French culture
                  Studying in a French university
                  The French school system

    Chapter 2: Dans un magasin (Let’s go shopping)
      1. communication
               describing a person’s clothes
               buying clothes
        2. grammar
                  demonstrative adjectives (ce, cet, cette, ces)
                  regular verbs (2nd group – present tense)
               past tense (passé composé with avoir/être - revision)
               indirect pronouns (me, te, lui, leur…)
        3. vocabulary
               clothes
               colors and materials
               shopping (magasin, boutique, essayer, cabine, taille, …)
        4. pronunciation
                  j/gn (as in travail/champagne)
                  closed/open vowels (é/è, au/o, eu/e)
                reading French (g=k/je)
        5. introduction to French culture
                  Shopping in Paris: department stores, supermarkets, markets and flea markets
                  French haute couture (Dior, Chanel, JP Gaultier, etc.)

      Chapter 3: Mon appartement (My home)
       1. communication
               describing one’s current and former flats
               comparing flats (area, price, quality, rent, …)
        2. grammar
                  direct pronouns (le, la, les)
                  comparative (plus/moins/aussi + adjective + que)

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                  past tense (imparfait – conjugation)
               adjectives: agreement and place
        3. vocabulary
               housing and furniture
               adjectives for describing flats (grand, calme, pratique, clair, …)
        4. pronunciation
                voiced/voiceless consonants: g/k, v/f
                reading French: s = s/z
        5. introduction to French culture
                  Where do the French live?
                  French housing policy

    Chapter 4: Chez le docteur (at the doctor’s)
      1. communication
                  talking about one’s health
               describing one’s symptoms and understanding the doctor’s diagnosis
               giving advice to one’s friend about his/her health
        2. grammar
               contracted definite articles (au/aux)
               pronoun « en » with quantity
               imperative
               past tense (passé composé with être and avoir - revision)
        3. vocabulary
               the human body, medicines and diseases
        4. pronunciation
                reading French : e = œ/ɛ
        5. introduction to French culture
                  the French social security
                  emergency numbers in France
                  the French health system

    Chapter 5 : Au boulot ! (Let’s work!)
      1. communication
               talking about one’s current and past jobs
               writing a CV
               reading/writing ads for job
        2. grammar
                  imparfait (conjugation – usage)
                  pronouns le/en

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               pendant/depuis
        3. vocabulary
               occupations and places of work
               activities at the workplace
        4. pronunciation
                consonant clusters: br/pr, kr/gr
                reading French: l = l/j
        5. introduction to French culture
                  the ANPE (national work agency)
                  French labour laws: minimum salary, maximum working hours, public
                   holidays, paid holidays…
                  Working in France as a student

8.   COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (CILOS)

      CILO             By the end of the course, students should be able to:
      CILO 1           hold conversations dealing with simple daily life situation
      CILO 2           give short presentations
      CILO 3           demonstrate deeper knowledge and understanding of basic concepts of
                       French grammar.
      CILO 4           write a short letter or message
      CILO 5           find relevant information in simple spoken messages.
      CILO 6           find relevant information in simple written messages.

9.   TEACHING & LEARNING ACTIVITIES (TLAS)

      CILO No.          TLAs
      CILO 1            The students will:
                             do role-play and group activities(e.g. shopping, finding an
                                apartment, seeing a doctor, etc.)
      CILO 2                 do short presentations in class (e.g. finding an apartment online
                                and presenting it; choosing birthday gifts online and presenting
                                them, presenting one’s timetable)
      CILO 3                 observe and analyse data in order to work out grammar rules
                             do systematic exercises to internalize these rules
      CILO 4                 be given written tasks to do, either in class or at home (e.g.
                                writing a short letter to a friend describing one’s timetable or
                                apartment, writing a short message to a sick friend to give
                                him/her advice about how to get better)
      CILO 5                 be given listening tasks to do (e.g. fill in a form about an
                                apartment, find out the doctor’s advice, fill in a timetable)
      CILO 6                 be given reading tasks to do (e.g. choosing an apartment after
                                reading online classified posts, comparing schedules after
                                reading timetables, answering a questionnaire about French
                                Social Security after reading an article about it)
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10. ASSESSMENT METHODS (AMS)

      Type of    Weighting       CILOs to be     Description of Assessment Tasks
      Assessment
                                  addressed
      Tests            25%       CILO 3 and 5    Mid-term tests will test listening skills, as well
                                                 as grammar knowledge.
      Oral             25%       CILO 1 and 2    Students’ ability to have a conversation in
                                                 French will be assessed through role-play and
                                                 short presentations in class.
      Final Exam       50%        CILO 3, 4, 5   The final exam will test listening, reading and
                                     and 6
                                                 writing skills, as well as grammar knowledge.


11. TEXTBOOKS / RECOMMENDED READINGS
       1. Abry, D. & Chalaron, M-L. (1994). Phonétique: 350 exercices. France: Hachette.
       2. Capelle, G. & Menand, R. (2003). Taxi! 1. France: Hachette.
        3. Chevalier, J-C. C. Blanche-Benveniste, M. Arrive & J. Peytard (1964). Grammaire du
               Français Contemporain. France: Larousse.
        4. Girardet, J. & Pécheur, J. (2002). Campus 1. France: Clé International.
        5. Kaneman-Pougatch, M. (1997). Café-Crème 1. France: Hachette.
        6. Lavenne, C. (2001). Studio 60. France: Didier.
        7. Monnerie-Goarin, A. & Siréjols, E. (1999). Champion pour le DELF 1. France: Clé
               International.
        8. Wioland, F. (1991). Prononcer les mots du français. France: Hachette.




Syllabus prepared by: Mr. Jean-Luc Rey
Date: 15 March 2010




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