Elementary French 101


Required: Vis-à-Vis, 2nd ed. Textbook (Amon, Muyskens)
  Vis-à-Vis, 2nd ed. WB/LB (Amon, Muyskens)
Optional: English Grammar for Students of French
  501 French Verbs


French 101 is a beginning series designed to develop skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to a basic level of proficiency so that the student can communicate basic ideas in French and understand the cultural context of the language, through the study of the French-speaking regions around the world.

French 101 is taught through an experiential methodology that entails the exclusive use of French in the classroom, emphasis on oral and written communicative skills, interpersonal exchange of ideas, interactive presentation of grammar, a multimedia approach, and daily practice outside of class. Language laboratory work is an integral part of this language series.

Vocabulary Objectives

  • how to greet people;
  • how to count from 0 to 60
  • vocabulary for talking about people and objects in your classroom;
  • days of the week
  • the French alphabet;
  • basics of French pronunciation.
  • subjects of studies, campus places;
  • leisure activities;
  • codeuxtries, languages, and nationalities;
  • describing people : personality;
  • clothing; color;
  • playing sports or musical instruments;
  • prepositions : where the object is.
  • the (bed)room and objects in the bedroom;
  • physical and moral descriptions of people;
  • months and seasons;
  • possessions and sensations;
  • getting information.
  • family members;
  • possession;
  • rooms in a house;
  • activities and plans.
  • meals, food;
  • telling the time;
  • weather, seasons, and temperatures.

Grammar Objectives

  • nodeux vs. adjectives;
  • gender and number of nodeuxs and adjectives;
  • definite and indefinite articles;
  • subject pronodeuxs;
  • -ER verbs;
  • negation
  • adjectives : agreement in gender and number : regular and irregular.
  • the ÊTRE verb formation;
  • C'est (ce sont) vs. Il est (elle est; ils sont; elles sont);
  • yes/no questions : est-ce que and inversion questions;
  • prepositions and contractions of articles.
  • What's today's date?
  • -IR verbs;
  • the AVOIR verb, and expressions built with AVOIR;
  • expressing complete physical absence of something : indefinite articles in negative sentences;
  • Interrogative expressions : asking for information.
  • possessive adjectives;
  • ALLER verb : destination and future plans;
  • FAIRE verb and its expressions;
  • -RE verbs.
  • expressing quantity : indefinite vs. partitive articles;
  • expressing absolute absence of : indefinite and partitive articles in negative sentences;
  • BOIRE and PRENDRE verbs, and similar verbs;
  • Giving commands : imperative moods of regular -ER, -IR, -RE verbs


There is a written or oral homework assignment every day. Students may also be working in small groups on assignments throughout the quarter.


There are four exams throughout the quarter as well as an oral comprehensive final. All exams are announced in advance.

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