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Required Intermediate Courses
Intermediate French Oral Communication
Building upon the foundation that students have acquired in moods, tenses, syntax, and vocabulary, this course introduces students to the nuances and complexities involved in a deeper understanding and use of the language. Students further the verbal skills associated with introducing themselves, expressing desires, making choices, retelling stories; critiquing movies; doing an interview; expressing feelings; justifying one’s point of view, etc. Students also work on presenting and discussing current news. Contact hours: 60.
Intermediate French Reading and Writing
purpose of this course is to provide tools so that students can further the development of their reading and writing skills. Original and didactic texts are used, along with the use of structured exercises and writing games. Specifically, students learn to read and write about topics such as physical geography, the environment, cultural objects and symbols, human feelings, and current events. Contact hours: 45.
Intermediate French Language
This course calls on the grammar knowledge acquired in beginning language courses and helps students learn to express themselves in diverse communicative settings. Students report an event in the past tense; express tastes, feelings, or opinions using the subjunctive and relative pronouns; formulate hypotheses; express certainty, uncertainty, or fear using the subjunctive and conditional; and announce a factual event using the correct form of past verb tense and/or voice. Students apply these skills to argumentative discourse and concentrate on logical syntactical connectors, causes, consequences, goals, expressing opposition, and concession. The grammar pillars of this course consist of the past tenses (passé compose, imparfait and plus-que-parfait); the present subjunctive and conditional tenses; relative pronouns; interrogations; the use of passive voice, etc. As students acquire these grammatical concepts, they learn about French symbols, clichés and personalities. Contact hours: 45.
Required Advanced Courses
Advanced French Oral Communication
This course is specifically designed to provide advanced students broader oral communicative competence. Students focus on the different language registers in order to understand and produce statements in any of the varieties of language that a speaker uses in particular social situations such as opposing and agreeing; defending one’s point of view; actively participating in a conversation; explaining experiences and retelling stories; understanding and being able to explain documents such as TV interviews, films or songs. Contact hours: 60
Advanced French Reading and Writing
In this course students gain the skills, experience and confidence required to see themselves as great readers and writers in French. Students create their own texts. Professors provide them with readings and model the writing process. Students learn to use different language registers, express emotions, and write about a variety of topics including entertainment, current events, and French theater and music. Contact hours: 45.
Advanced French Language
This course builds upon the knowledge that students have acquired in moods, tenses, syntax, and vocabulary, and introduces them to the more advanced nuances and complexities involved in a deeper understanding and use of the language. This is achieved in part by learning to accurately express: feelings, wishes, orders, advice, causes, consequences, and opposition. Special emphasis is placed on structuring one’s thoughts and students produce argumentative texts that rely upon grammatical tools such as verb tense/cause and effect, logical ties, vocabulary to enhance or depreciate; ordering of arguments and examples; and ability to recognize thesis/antithesis. The focus is placed on advanced grammatical structures such as the passive voice; present and past subjunctive tenses; connectors used in complex phrases; expressing consequences; combined relative pronouns; verbal constructions; present participle and gerund. Contact hours: 45.