City College of San Francisco
Course Outline of Record
Course Status: Active
A. Approval Date February 2014
B. Effective Semester Fall 2017
C. Department World Languages and Cultures
D. Course Number FREN 10D
E. Course Title Intermediate Conversational French
F. Course Outline Originator System Loaded
G. Department Chairperson Carol Reitan
H. Dean Jeffrey Lamb
A. Hours
Lecture: 52.5
Homework: 105
Total Hours: 157.5
B. Units 3
C. Prerequisite None
    Corequisite None
    Pre/Corequisite None
    Advisory FREN 10C
    Advisory Pre/Corequisite None
D. Course Justification Continuation of extensive oral training in French. Designed for students who wish to continue acquiring more advanced skills of the spoken language with a minimum of formal grammar.
E. Field Trips No
F. Method of Grading Letter or Pass/No Pass
G. Repeatability Course is not repeatable
Continuation of extensive oral training in French for students who wish to continue acquiring more advanced skills of the spoken language with a minimum of formal grammar.
Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:
  1. Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  2. Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  3. Explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options
  1. Vocabulary and Communicative Functions
    1. Essential travel vocabulary 
      1. Saying where you've been on vacation
      2. Talking about vacation plans, making reservations, travel plans
      3. Coping with an automobile breakdown; parts of the car, terms to describe various car problems
    2. Talking about summer jobs
      1. Terms used in talking about internships
      2. How to talk about working remotely
    3. Talking about vacations
      1. Talking about "Green" tourisme
      2. How to reserve and choose a "gite" de France
      3. How to talk about vacationing at the beach
    4. Talking about visiting Paris
      1. Where to sleep and eat? Making hotel and restaurant reservations
      2. How to talk about navigating the flea markets and neighborhood markets
      3. Talking about sights across the city
    5. Talking about the Francophone world
      1. Terms used in discussing Francophone Europe
      2. Vocabulary used to discuss France, its influence and place in the world
  2. Grammar and Pronunciation
    1. The "passe compose"
    2. The "imparfait"
    3. The "passe compose" vs. l'imparfait
    4. "Si" clauses
    5. Verbal expressions to express hopes and plans
    6. Intonation in questions contrasted with that for declarative sentences
    7. Stress patterns in French sentences contrasted with those in English
  3. Culture
    1. Traditional vacation periods and destinations in France; geography, famous sites, traditional sport activities
    2. Regional languages in France; origins, history, renaissance
    3. The importance of "green" tourisme in France,
    4. The "gites" of France; definition, popularity of, reasons to visit
    5. Vacation traditions in France; definition of"les grandes vacances", the emergence of "active holidays", traditional vacation destinations
    6. Important sites in Paris
    7. Immigration patterns in France
  1. Assignments
    1. In-class activity: Oral exercises requiring practice of grammar and vocabulary presented in class
    2. In-class activity: Question and answer exercises on cultural topics presented in class such as vacations, tourisme, immigration patterns in France
    3. Out-of-class assignment: Language laboratory exercises based on audio, video, provided by the publisher and/or films, online media assigned by instructor
    4. Out-of-class assignment: Readings from the textbook
    5. Out-of-class assignment: Research using internet sites on topics such as the green tourisme, staying in "gites", researching beach vacations, visting Paris
    6. Out-of-class assignment: Prepararion of oral presentations on cultural topics covered in class such as immigration patterns in France, vacation traditions, work and internships
    7. Out-of-class assignment: Exercises from workbook which accompanies the text
  2. Evaluation
    1. Other: Participation in class activities
    2. Other: Oral presentations on both concrete and abstract topics such as immigration and opinions about green tourisme and its importance
    3. Other: Frequent listening comprehension quizzes on cultural topics
    4. Other: Comprehensive final oral exam or presentation on topics included in the course such as travel, work, or the Francophone world
  3. Representative Textbooks and Other Instructional Materials
    1. Marie-Therese Bougard and Daniele Bourdais. 2003. The French Experience 1. London: BBC.
    2. Angela Aries and Dominique Debney. 2013. Facon de Parler, 5th edition, Volume 2, with CDs and Workbook. New York: Oxford University Press.
    3. Other websites on topics treated in the course
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CREDIT/DEGREE APPLICABLE (meets all standards of Title 5. Section 55002(a))