Topics In Advanced French Grammar And Culture

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Course Information
Discipline(s): 
French Language
Terms offered: 
Summer
Credits: 
3
Language of instruction: 
French
Contact Hours: 
45
Additional student cost: 

None

Description: 

This course offers an advanced grammar study and review with an emphasis on the use of verb tenses, syntactic structures, and vocabulary. Extensive reading and writing practice and oral activities are based on contemporary themes.

Method of presentation: 
  • 16 grammar lessons using Grammaire progressive du français, avec 500 exercices – niveau intermédiaire, Maïa Grégoire et Odile Thiévenaz, CLE international, 2006.
  • Oral and written assignments on French culture: French and Francophone music, poetry, paintings, theatre (Ariane Mnouchkine and Moliere), film.
Required work and form of assessment: 
  • Graded grammar exercises - 20%
  • 3 oral assignments - 30%
  • 2 written assignments - 20%
  • Final written exam - 30%
content: 

Week 1

  • Introduction / Class: Grammar
  • Text: Ces gens-là - Brel / Class: Grammar
  • Text: De Haute mer- C. Nys- Mazure / Class: Grammar
  • Text: Le déserteur - B. Vian - Class: Grammar
  • Assignments:
    • Oral assignment - present a song (different date for each student) + Reading: "Van Gogh en Pays d'Arles"
    • Grammar exercises

Week 2

  • Text: Writing workshop / Class: Writing workshop
  • Text: Quelle Histoire - Moreau / Class: Grammar
  • Text: Le toi du moi - Carla Bruni / Class: Grammar
  • Text: Les passantes - Brassens / Class: Grammar
  • Assignments:
    • Written assignment - choice of subject + finish reading "Van Gogh en Pays
    • Grammar exercises

Week 3

  • Text: La peinture de Van Gogh / Class: Grammar
  • Text: Grammar revision / Class: Grammar
  • Text: Pas de cours
  • Text: 4 murs et 1 toit - Bénabar / Class: Grammar
  • Assignments:
    • Written and oral assignments - description of a painting
    • Grammar exercises

Week 4

  • Text: Poinçonneur des Lilas - Gainsbourg / Class: Grammar
  • Text: Présentation d'un tableau / Class: Oral
  • Text: Gibraltar - Abd Al Malik / Class: Grammar
  • Text: Dis quand reviendras- tu - Barbara / Class: Grammar
  • Assignments:
    • Oral assignment: watch the 2nd part of "Molière" of Ariane Mnouchkine, comments
    • Grammar exercises

Week 5

  • In class revision
  • Revision
  • Written exam
  • Grammar exercises
  • Questions on readings
     
Required readings: 
  • Grammaire progressive du français, avec 500 exercices – niveau intermédiaire, Maïa Grégoire et Odile Thiévenaz, CLE international, 2006
  • Van Gogh en pays d’Arles, de Sylvie Gache-Patin, Ouest-France, 1982