SFCC

French Program

French Language Instructors

Nick Rains has traveled to France a number of times to participate in speed ski competitions, but he was still a beginner when it came to speaking French. Still, Nick was clear about what he wanted from his experience in his French class.

"I want things that are practical and can be used. I think my instructors are good at exploring when something is practical, or when it is clearly a grammatical construction." He found the class "very relaxed." Nick adds, "They make it enjoyable."

He was also impressed with the commitment of the instructors. "I know when we listen in class to the French National Anthem or to French poetry, the instructors want our full attention. It’s something they believe in and enjoy showing us -- the French culture."

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Class Credits

Texts

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

Learning Outcomes

French 121 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 121 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

Homework

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

Exams

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


Texts

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

Learning Outcomes

French 122 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 122 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;
  • VOULOIR, POUVOIR, SAVOIR verbs;
  • 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.

Homework

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

Exams

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


Texts

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

Learning Outcomes

French 123 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 123 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

  • Le patrimoine historique de la France;
  • Les oeuvres d'art et de littérature;
  • deux verbes pour parler des arts;
  • asking about choices.
  • l'amour et le mariage;
  • le corps humain;
  • la vie quotidienne.
  • Au travail;
  • À la banque;
  • Pour parler du budget;
  • Pour parler d'argent.
  • Les loisirs;
  • Pour parler des loisirs : courir et rire.
  • Les problèmes de l'environnement;
  • Les problèmes de la société moderne.
  • Histoire de la Francophonie;
  • Le Carnaval;
  • Les splendeurs africaines.

Grammar Objectives

  • Les verbes suivre, vivre
  • Les pronoms toniques
  • Pronoms multiples
  • Verbes suivis d'une préposition + infinitif
  • Les adverbes : décrire les actions
  • Les verbes pronominaux réflexifs, réciproques, idiomatiques
  • Les verbes pronominaux au passé : l'accord du participe passé
  • Les verbes pronominaux à l'impératif
  • Le verbe ouvrir
  • Le FUTUR SIMPLE : Pour parler du futur
  • Les pronoms relatifs : Pour construire des phrases plus complexes
  • Le comparatif et superlatif des adjectifs : la comparaison
  • Les verbes courir et rire
  • Les pronoms interrogatifs
  • Le conditionnel présent : former des hypothèses
  • Le comparatif et superlatif des noms et des adverbes
  • Le subjonctif

Homework

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

Exams

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


Texts

Required: Collage: Révisions de grammaire, 5ème édition (Baker et. al.)
  Collage: Cahier d'exercices oraux et écrits, 5ème édition (Baker)
  French-English Dictionary
Optional: NTC's Dictionary of French Faux Pas
  English Grammar for students of French
  French-French Dictionary (Le Petit Robert or Le Petit Larousse)

Learning Outcomes

French 221 is an intermediate-level language course designed to answer the needs of students coming from varying backgrounds who hope to review thoroughly and expand on the grammar taught in our 100-level classes. French 221 aims at the further development of the students' four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) up to an intermediate level of proficiency. Emphasis is put on reviewing grammar and experiencing the language in its cultural contexts, through the use of a multi-media approach relying not only on a grammar textbook and on grammar and vocabulary exercises, but also on the web, current newspaper and magazine clippings, recent radio and television programs.

French 221 is taught through an experiential methodology, which entails exclusive use of French in the classroom, emphasis on communicative skills, interactive and contextualized use of grammar and daily practice outside of class.

Homework

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

Exams

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


Texts

Required: Collage: Révisions de grammaire, 5ème édition (Baker et. al.)
  Collage: Cahier d'exercices oraux et écrits, 5ème édition (Baker)
  French-English Dictionary
Optional: NTC's Dictionary of French Faux Pas
  English Grammar for students of French
  French-French Dictionary (Le Petit Robert or Le Petit Larousse)

Learning Outcomes

French 222 is an intermediate-level language course designed to answer the needs of students coming from varying backgrounds who hope to review thoroughly and expand on the grammar taught in our 100-level classes. French 221 aims at the further development of the students' four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) up to an intermediate level of proficiency. Emphasis is put on reviewing grammar and experiencing the language in its cultural contexts, through the use of a multi-media approach relying not only on a grammar textbook and on grammar and vocabulary exercises, but also on the web, current newspaper and magazine clippings, recent radio and television programs.

French 222 is taught through an experiential methodology, which entails exclusive use of French in the classroom, emphasis on communicative skills, interactive and contextualized use of grammar and daily practice outside of class.

Homework

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

Exams

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


Texts

Required: Collage: Révisions de grammaire, 5ème édition (Baker et. al.)
  Collage: Cahier d'exercices oraux et écrits, 5ème édition (Baker)
  French-English Dictionary
Optional: NTC's Dictionary of French Faux Pas
  English Grammar for students of French
  French-French Dictionary (Le Petit Robert or Le Petit Larousse)

Learning Outcomes

French 223 is an intermediate-level language course designed to answer the needs of students coming from varying backgrounds who hope to review thoroughly and expand on the grammar taught in our 100-level classes. French 221 aims at the further development of the students' four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) up to an intermediate level of proficiency. Emphasis is put on reviewing grammar and experiencing the language in its cultural contexts, through the use of a multi-media approach relying not only on a grammar textbook and on grammar and vocabulary exercises, but also on the web, current newspaper and magazine clippings, recent radio and television programs.

French 223 is taught through an experiential methodology, which entails exclusive use of French in the classroom, emphasis on communicative skills, interactive and contextualized use of grammar and daily practice outside of class.

Homework

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

Exams

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


Intermediate Conversation

Texts

Required: La France contemporaine
Optional: NTC's Dictionary of French Faux Pas
  English Grammar for students of French
  French-French dictionary (Le Petit Robert or Le Petit Larousse)

Learning Outcomes

French 241 is for students wishing to develop their French conversational skills up to an intermediate level through class discussions and short oral presentations. The topics are oriented toward French and Francophone cultures (politics, economics, society, European Union, news, etc.) and current events. Lab hours in the International Language Center (ILC) are recommended. Prerequisite: One year of college-level French and concurrent enrollment recommended in French 221, 222 or 223.

Homework

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

Exams

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


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