Mar 22, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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HU 410F - French I

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The objective of this course is to provide students with a basic knowledge of the French language. The course will teach all four aspects of the learning of a foreign language: reading, writing, speaking and understanding. Particular emphasis will be laid from the very beginning on correct pronunciation. The course will start with a brief historic presentation of the origins of the French language and continue with the alphabet and spelling. Major effort will go into having the students understand the phonetic value of the French vowels. Each one-hour session will include reading of the vocabulary, a brief grammatical chapter, exercises and review of the material. Each week, one topical aspect of French culture and civilization, such as geography, basic history, social customs, and political and economic problems such as government, work conditions, immigration, and religion, will be covered. The tape that comes with the textbook will be available in the library. (prereq: Must obtain permission from department chair)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Read and pronounce basic French words
  • Understand elementary French grammar
  • Ask simple questions in French and answer them
  • Have a general idea about French geography and some institutions

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • The French alphabet (2 classes)
  • Verbs (10 classes)
  • Nouns and articles (4 classes)
  • Numeral (3 classes)
  • Pronouns (5 classes)
  • Cultural aspects (6 classes)
  • Vocabulary (5 classes)
  • Reviews (2 classes)
  • Tests (2 classes)

R. David Kent

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