French I

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    French I

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    French, French Culture

  • Language Level

    Beginning

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION:
    Beginning French: pronunciation, fundamentals of grammar, development of basic vocabulary, and aspects of Francophone culture. Four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are developed in order to communicate in the most familiar situations of everyday life and to understand the main points of simple conversations and texts.

    RATIONALE: 
    This is an introductory course for students with no prior knowledge of the French language. The focus is on listening and speaking. Students familiarize themselves with the language, as well as with French customs and ideas.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES:
    The student who has completed this course will be able to:
    1. Demonstrate understanding of simple spoken expressions, phrases and interactions related to basic familiar everyday needs, provided the speech is slowly and clearly articulated.
    2. Demonstrate understanding of words, simple sentences and short texts containing basic commonly used vocabulary.
    3. Take part in short and simple conversation related to basic familiar everyday needs.
    4. Compose very short sentences and simple short texts containing basic commonly used vocabulary.
    5. Demonstrate understanding of basic cultural similarities and differences.

    METHODS OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
    The class encompasses all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Work in class concentrates on oral communication in French. English and translations will be used only when necessary to ensure correct understanding. Partner and group work reinforce the communicative aspect. The video will be used as an opportunity for students to learn about daily life in France and to experience realistic situations.