Elementary French 102


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 102 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 102 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

  • shopping for food;
  • ordering in restaurants;
  • counting from 60 on;
  • asking about choices.
  • vacations;
  • sports equipment;
  • leisure activities;
  • talking about the past;
  • modes of transportation;
  • negations.
  • modern technologies : telecommunication, media, TV.
  • talking about city light;
  • Paris and its districts;
  • Asking/Giving directions;
  • Knowing : SAVOIR vs. CONNAITRE.

Grammar Objectives

  • demonstrative adjectives;
  • Interrogative adjective QUEL : asking about choices;
  • Adjectives and their placement.
  • -IR verbs conjugated like DORMIR and VENIR;
  • Expressing past actions : the PASSE COMPOSE with AVOIR and ETRE;
  • Negation in the PASSE COMPOSE;
  • DEPUIS, PENDANT, IL Y A : expressing how long (ago).
  • The CONDITIONNEL PRESENT (present conditional) : making polite requests;
  • Expressing location : Prepositions with geographical names;
  • the CONDUIRE verb formation;
  • Affirmative and negative adverbs; restrictive adverb;
  • Affirmative and negative pronouns.
  • Verbs of communication; : dire, lire, écrire, mettre;
  • Describing the past : the IMPARFAIT (imperfect);
  • direct and indirect object pronouns;
  • Agreement of the past participle;
  • Expressing observations and beliefs : CROIRE and VOIR verbs.
  • Narration in the past : PASSE COMPOSE vs. IMPARFAIT.
  • Adverbial pronouns : Y, EN
  • SAVOIR and CONNAITRE formations.


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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