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					UF in Paris Research Center Teaching Team

Paris Research Center M, T, W, R, (10-12h, +)

Beginning French at the Paris Research Center FRE 1116- Course Description: Beginning French is a student-centered communicative language class integrating the experience, observations, and impressions of students living in Paris, France. Emphasis is placed on the development of language proficiency and cultural awareness through a focus on contextualized grammatical forms, practical experience, a high-level of student instructor contact time and a low student-instructor ratio: the student will work to refine all language skills in the classroom via repetitive structured practice and is also asked to take her/his learning outside the traditional learning environment. Since it is an intensive six-week beginning class, the lessons, lectures, cultural activities, field trips, and interactions with the instructor(s) and students will be primarily carried out in French, supervised by Dr. Zachmann and carried out by a specially designed Paris Research Center teaching team. Beginning French requires a minimum of 8 hours of activity per week (two hours four days per week plus program excursions and preparation); class activities include oral practice, auditory and visual segments, writing, an introduction to reading, and mise en pratique sessions where students put the vocabulary and structures studied to use in authentic situations. Prerequisite: none. Course Objectives: The primary purpose of this course is to develop--through comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and the exploration of authentic French contexts--your ability and confidence to communicate in the French language as well as to understand and relate to French-speaking persons. Speaking: 1. To be able--correctly--to ask and answer questions and to participate in simple conversations on topics beyond one‟s needs. 2. To communicate information and to begin to express opinions and feelings relevant to themes of cultural significance. Student proficiency will be tested twice during the program via oral interview. Listening: 3. To develop sufficient comprehension to understand modest conversations based on social and cultural situations, narrations, films, and TV/radio reporting on events of contemporary significance and/or course-related themes. Reading: 4. To be able to read with sufficient understanding to follow a sequence of events, to extract information, and to identify main ideas in texts including, brief literary excerpts, daily French news, magazine articles, etc. Writing: 5. To increase the student‟s ability to understand grammar and integrate it into their writing through structured practice.

Culture: 6. To gain awareness and basic knowledge of French culture and French-speaking peoples through everyday experiences, field trips, the study of cultural texts, films, plays, and daily interaction with your French host society.

Textbook (and workbook, CDs and Videos): The French Experience
TIPS: -Use French as often as you can when out in the city and make an effort to practice with your classmates -Do not expect to understand everything said in class. Your comprehension will develop rapidly but over time. -Be sure to practice your homework and prepare aloud daily. There is a big difference between being able to recognize vocabulary and structures and being able to use them. At the beginning, class may appear easy and there will be an enormous amount of repetition. We are creating a base for your acquisition that will be essential and the class will pick up very quickly. Do NOT fall behind. -Take three minutes each day to describe what is going on in Paris and/or what you are doing at that particular moment. Construct no less that 10 sentences. Once you begin the past and future tenses, add in 5 sentences to describe what you have already done that day and what you will do the next day. -Practice structures from the “Language Summary” by using them in contexts that are logical to you, your life and surroundings in Paris. -Keep a journal of you stay, noting your observations, experiences, visits and especially what you are learning in French. Integrate as much French as you can into the journal. As the days go by, you should be able to incorporate more and more French into your writing. Grading: Oral participation is graded on a daily basis (evaluations of group work, preparation of class material, homework, and assigned presentations). There is one mid-term oral interview and one final oral interview. Written assignments evaluated include: assigned workbook activities, and written HW. In addition, there are regular quizzes, one mid-term exam, and one final exam. Oral Participation, Preparation Quizzes 35% 25% Written Assignments Exams (mid, final & orals) 20% 30%

Daily Attendance is MANDATORY.

Tentative Schedule The following weekly schedule outlines the units that will be studied each week and more importantly, it lists the linguistic behavior that you should be able to perform at the end of each week. Each week you will cover three chapters, one of the cultural units (16-20) and structures from the “Language Summary” (pp. 232-246), as assigned. For each class day, you should prepare the next unit and carefully note any additional assignments required. Each day there will be a warm up to get you speaking, a review of structures studied, work with the new material and a wind down that will allow you to practice what you have studies in a relaxed manner. Each week you will have one cultural unit addressed and a day devoted to oral and written practice. Since this class is a practical class, your class may not always be held in the classroom but rather in authentic settings all over Paris. Please be sure you are on time to class so that you can depart with the group on all activities. Semaine 1 Mercredi: Introduction: Bienvenue! Themes and functions: Hellos and goodbyes Addressing people Spelling with the French alphabet Unit 1: Présentations Themes and functions: Introducing yourself & asking others Numbers from 20 to 70 Saying in which country and town you live Jeudi: Unit 2: Famille Themes and functions: Telling people about your partner Words for „my‟, „her‟, „his‟ Talking about your children Saying how old someone is Words for „at‟, „in‟: à, à l‟, à la, au, aux Vendredi: Unit 3: Professions Themes and functions: Saying where you work and for whom Saying what job you do Giving your opinion of your job Telling the time—12-hour and 24-hour clock

Asking for things Attracting someone‟s attention Numbers up to 20

Giving your nationality Saying where you were born Asking people if they‟re OK

Describing your family Describing more than one person Choosing tu or vous Numbers from 70 to 100

Explaining your working hours Days of the week Saying how often you do something Reading about someone‟s lifestyle

Semaine 2 Unit 4: Ville et campagne Themes and functions: Saying where you live Saying who lives where: habiter present tense Locating places Describing a place Unit 5: Les courses Themes and functions: Buying food Talking about quantities using en Asking for unspecified quantities: de la, de l’, du, des Describing flavors and ingredients Saying what you‟ve bought: passé compose Saying where you go shopping and why Faire and aller present tense Unit 6: Toutes directions Themes and functions: Asking the way Prendre and descendre in the present tense Understanding directions when driving Asking how far Mise en pratique Unit 19 Culture: Séjour à Paris

Expressing likes and dislikes Using adjectives with nouns Getting to know Paris First, second, third…

Asking for an explanation Asking the price Shopping for groceries Understanding quantities Comparing two places,things

Understanding directions Using the metro in Paris Recognizing road signs

Semaine 3 Unit 7: A toute vitesse Themes and functions: Buying a ticket Asking about train times and platforms Words for „which‟ and „what‟: quel, quelle Understanding printed information Understanding instructions and using technology Unité 8: Hôtels et campings Themes and functions: Booking a hotel room Arriving at a campsite Referring to the future Reporting a problem Unité 9: Intérieurs Themes and functions: Describing your home Saying where you used to live, the imparfait Saying who does what at home and how often Mise en pratique, Unit 18 Culture: Vacances

Pouvoir, devoir, vouloir present tense Saying how you travel to work Talking about journey times Avoiding repetition using y Making specific enquiries

Saying you‟re late Apologizing Asking if you can do something

Describing homes and lifestyles Position of adjectives

MIDTERM and ORAL INTERVIEWS will take place on Thursday, July 15

Semaine 4 Unité 10: Loisirs Themes and functions: Talking about your leisure interests Saying how well badly you do something Saying what you enjoy doing, can and can‟t do Asking someone to do something Avoiding repetitions with en and y Accepting and turning down an invitation Reading about leisure in France in the 1990s Unit 11: Bon appétit! Themes and functions: Talking about your favorite food Ordering drinks and snacks Understanding the waiter Making a compliment Unit 12: Forme et santé Themes and functions: Saying what‟s wrong with you Making an appointment Obtaining medicines and medical advice Mise en pratique: Leisure activities Semaine 5 Unit 13: Au travail Themes and functions: Explaining what your job is Making comparisons Talking about future possibilities Saying what you used to do Understanding telephone talk Unit 14: Plaire et séduire Themes and functions: Buying presents Asking the shop assistant for help Saying which one(s) you‟re choosing Buying clothes Saying thank you

Ordering a meal in a restaurant Finding out what‟s available Asking for advice and explanations

Saying how you look after yourself Better, more, more and more, the most Understanding printed instructions

Since when? For how long? Describing your daily routine Using reflexive verbs Speaking on the phone

Saying something doesn‟t fit Referring to „it‟ or „them‟: le, la, l’, les Describing people: appearance and character Being asked for and stating your size

Unit 15: Par tous les temps Themes and functions: Talking about the weather Understanding weather forecasts Talking about sports Mise en pratique, Unit 17: Langues et travail

Saying what you used to do Choosing a resort from brochures Discussing facilities

Semaine 6 Review, mise en pratique, Unit 20 Les francophones, La France et l‟UE FINAL and ORAL INTERVIEWS will take place on Wednesday. August 4 th