French Language in Context: Novice Abroad I

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Course Information
French Language
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
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“Novice Abroad I” offers an introduction to the French language and culture, with an emphasis on the acquisition of vocabulary and grammatical concepts through a communicative and direct approach, in order to meet the immediate and urgent everyday needs of the students in various situations. Students will be the main actors of their learning in concrete situations, they will take action and perform useful tasks of daily life in French environment. They will be able to interact on familiar topics, to communicate by telephone, in restaurants, railway stations, airports, hotels, banks or doctor, or to perform simple actions, to write emails or simple formal letters, accept or decline an invitation, to give or follow orders or instructions.

By the end of the course students will realize they are better assimilated into everyday French life and culture.

It is a demanding, highly participatory course, inside and outside the classroom that rewards daily efforts by students. The pace is quick and lively: those who commit seriously to this adventure will be surprised with the outcomes of their efforts.

“Novice Abroad I” is a beginning level course designed for students who have little or no prior knowledge of French. By the end of the course, the successful student will develop a basic foundation in the five skills: intercultural communication, reading, writing, listening, and speaking to accomplish a variety of basic everyday needs in the host culture as described in the learning outcomes below.

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