FR 301-01 French Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I offers an review and development to your practice and linguistic skills gained in previous levels, with an emphasis on the development 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.
Students entering this level must be able to fulfill the learning outcomes of the Novice Abroad level, as defined by the IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication. Specifically, they should already be able to express themselves on a variety of concrete, everyday topics and meet their basic needs in the language. 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 develop some communicative and cultural self-confidence necessary to attempt moderately complex tasks in the language, as described in the learning outcomes below.