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Elementary French I

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First-semester course teaching the French language and French culture, for self-starting students with an intense desire to learn the language.

Description

Elementary French I is a carefully sequenced and highly interactive presentation of French language and culture in a media-rich course environment. The latest update includes a self-paced version of the course with scored assessments for independent learners, and new video shot in France and Québec with young professional actors. It is designed to be used as a full course of study.

To successfully use this course, you should be a motivated student with a sincere desire to learn about French language and francophone cultures, and be comfortable with computer technologies.

Click here for information on studying French online vs. in person.

Additional software or materials required:

If the student is working with an instructor in a distance-learning situation, chat environment and videoconferencing software.


Topics covered:

Introductions, Origins, Studies, Age, Appearance, Personality, Preferences, Activities, Time, The Family, The Home, Work, Meals, Restaurants, and Shopping.

Each lesson opens with a video dramatization that sets the context for the lesson. Parts of the video are then replayed in a variety of interactive activities and tutors. Each video in the course was written specifically to serve as the foundation for the lesson in which it is used. These high quality videos were produced with French actors on location in France (Nantes) and Quebec (Montreal) so the speech, movements and contexts are authentic.

Lesson structure:

The beginning of each lesson is always a set sequence, from simple recognition of language in a video dialogue, through explicit learning of grammar and pronunciation, to written and spoken production of variations on that language. After this ordered beginning, a number of activities are offered to the student in which the language learned is used in understanding new texts, sounds or videos or in creative production (conversation or writing). Lesson tests and final exams, generated from extensive question pools (portions of which are automatically graded), are available to students enrolled in instructor-led courses. The Learning Dashboard allows for at-a-glance evaluation by instructors of student progress based on each lesson’s learning objectives.

What students will learn

By the end of this course, students will learn to:

  • recognize key elements of spoken exchanges.
  • become automatic with words and phrases that will be the foundation for their French.
  • comprehend and write written words and expressions.
  • identify correct grammatical forms.

Learning objectives by module

Leçon 1: Se présenter

Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Formal greetings
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Informal greetings
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Introducing oneself and others
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Spelling

Mots et expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Formal greetings
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Informal greetings
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Introducing oneself and others
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Spelling
  • Write words and expressions: Formal greetings
  • Write words and expressions: Informal greetings
  • Write words and expressions: Introducing oneself and others
  • Write words and expressions: Spelling

Structures

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Emotional states
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Formality
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of -er verbs
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of aller
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Stressed pronouns
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Subject pronouns
  • Present tense conjugations of -er verbs
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of -er verbs
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of aller
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Stressed pronouns
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Subject pronouns

Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Accent names
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: E sounds
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Intonation
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Nasal vowels
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Silent final consonants
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Syllable divisions
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Syllables without dipthongs
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The alphabet
  • Write words and expressions: The alphabet

Communication 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Formal and informal greetings
  • Days of the week
  • Introducing oneself and others
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Formal and informal greetings
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Formal and informal greetings
  • Select appropriate written responses: Informal greetings
  • Write appropriate responses: Formal and informal greetings

Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: Personal space
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Smiling
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Social kissing
  • Understand key cultural concepts: The handshake

Leçon 2: Les origines

Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Nationality and origin

Mots et expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Furniture
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Nationality and origin
  • Write words and expressions: Furniture
  • Write words and expressions: Nationality and origin

Structures

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Nationality and origin
  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Adjective agreement
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: C’est and Ce sont
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Feminine, masculine, and plural
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Gender
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of être
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Using être to describe nationality, origin, and location
  • Indefinite articles
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Adjective agreement
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Adjective agreement for nationalities and countries
  • Write correct grammatical forms: C’est and Ce sont
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Gender
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of être
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Subject pronouns with the verb être
  • Write words and expressions: Names of countries

Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Liaisons
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Liaisons with the verb être
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Present tense conjugations of être

Communication 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Nationality and origin
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Nationality and origin
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Nationality and origin
  • Select appropriate written responses: Formal greetings
  • Select appropriate written responses: Nationality and origin
  • Write appropriate responses: Using être to describe nationality, origin, and location

Univers culturel

  • Identify key cultural traits: Diversity in France
  • Identify key cultural traits: Francophone countries
  • Identify key cultural traits: French as an international language
  • Identify key cultural traits: The fleur de lys

Leçon 3: Les études

Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Student life

Mots et expressions

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Academic subjects
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Academic subjects
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Student life
  • Write words and expressions: Student life

Structures

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Articles
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Articles
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Gender
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of étudier
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Questions
  • Write appropriate responses: Questions
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of étudier

Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Elision
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Present tense conjugations of -er verbs

Communication 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Student life
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Student life
  • Select appropriate written responses: Student life
  • Write appropriate responses: Student life

Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: Education in Québec
  • Understand key cultural concepts: The French education system

Leçon 4: L’âge

Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Age
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Weather

Mots et expressions

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Numbers
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Weather
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Age
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Numbers
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Seasons
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Weather
  • Write appropriate responses: Age
  • Write words and expressions: Age
  • Write words and expressions: Seasons
  • Write words and expressions: Weather

Structures

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Using avoir for age
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Adjective agreement
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Adjectives and word order
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Beauty Age Number Greatness Size (BANGS) adjectives
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Interrogative adjectives
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Negation
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Oui, si, and non
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Questions
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Questions and question words
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Using avoir for age
  • Quel and que
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Adjective agreement
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Adjectives and word order
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Beauty Age Number Greatness Size (BANGS) adjectives
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Interrogative adjectives
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Negation
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Question formation
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Questions

Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Beau, nouveau, and vieux
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Interrogative adjectives
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Masculine and feminine adjectives
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Numbers
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Questions and intonation
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Six and dix
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Vingt

Communication 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Age
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Weather
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: A virtual greeting card
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Age
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Weather
  • Select appropriate written responses: Age
  • Select appropriate written responses: Weather
  • Write appropriate responses: Age

Univers culturel

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Texting
  • Make cultural comparisons: Youth
  • Understand key cultural concepts: French youth
  • Understand key cultural concepts: French youth and texting
  • Understand key cultural concepts: The telephone in France
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Winter in Quebec

Leçon 5: L’apparence

Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Appearance
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Parts of the body
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Seasonal activities

Mots et expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Appearance
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Parts of the body
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Seasonal activities
  • Write words and expressions: Appearance
  • Write words and expressions: Parts of the body
  • Write words and expressions: Seasonal activities

Structures

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Present tense conjugations of -er verbs
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Negation
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Possessive adjective agreement
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Possessive adjectives
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of -er verbs
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of faire
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Negation
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Possessive adjectives
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of -er verbs

Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Liaisons and possessive adjectives
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Present tense conjugations of faire
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Singular and plural forms
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The preposition à

Communication 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Appearance
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Description of a person including age, physical appearance, and personality
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Parts of the body
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Seasonal activities
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Appearance
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Seasonal activities
  • Select appropriate written responses: Appearance
  • Write appropriate responses: Appearance

Univers culturel

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Beauty products
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Beauty products
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Beauty products
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Fashion in West Africa
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Personal hygiene in France
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Weight in France
  • Write appropriate responses: Beauty products

Leçon 6: La personnalité

Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Personality
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: The date
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Vacation

Mots et expressions

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Adjectives for describing personality
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Days of the week
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Months
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: The date
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Time
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Adjectives for describing personality
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Days of the week
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Discussing plans
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Months
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Personality
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: The date
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Vacation
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Weather
  • Write words and expressions: Adjectives for describing personality
  • Write words and expressions: Discussing plans
  • Write words and expressions: Personality
  • Write words and expressions: The date
  • Write words and expressions: Vacation

Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: C’est and Ce sont
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: C’est and Il est
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Months with the preposition “en”
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Seasons with correct prepositions
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The date
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Uses of “c’est”
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Using “le” before the days of the week
  • Write correct grammatical forms: C’est and Ce sont
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Months with the preposition “en”
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of sortir, partir, and dormir
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Seasons with correct prepositions
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The date

Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Liaisons in expressions of time
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Months
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Present tense conjugations of être and avoir

Communication 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Adjectives for describing personality
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Personality
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: The date
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Vacation
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Vacation
  • Select appropriate written responses: The date
  • Select appropriate written responses: Vacation
  • Write appropriate responses: Personality
  • Write appropriate responses: The date
  • Write appropriate responses: Vacation
  • Write words and expressions: Adjectives for describing personality

Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: Fêtes (Saints’ feast days)
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Holidays in France and the United States

Leçon 7: Mes préférences

Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Preferences
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Vacation plans

Mots et expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Preferences
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Vacation plans
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Visiter and rendre visite à
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Visiter and rendre visite à
  • Write words and expressions: Preferences
  • Write words and expressions: Vacation plans

Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Discussing where someone lives using the verb habiter
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Prepositions for going places
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of -er verbs with accent changes
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The futur proche
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The futur simple
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The prepositions à and de followed by definite articles
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Visiting places or things using the verb visiter
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Conjugated verb + de or à + infinitive
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Prepositions for going places
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of -er verbs with accent changes
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The futur proche
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The prepositions à and de followed by definite articles
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Two-verb clauses
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Visiting places or things using the verb visiter

Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: E sounds in -er verbs with accent changes
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Present tense conjugations of -er verbs

Communication 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Description of a person including age, physical appearance, and personality
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Description of an apartment or house
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Preferences
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Vacation plans
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Vacation plans
  • Select appropriate written responses: Vacation plans
  • Write appropriate responses: Preferences

Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: French regions and departments
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Location of French cities
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Montréal
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Paris Plage
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Québec
  • Understand key cultural concepts: The best French cities for young people

Activités de synthèse

  • Understand key cultural concepts: French regions and departments

Leçon 8: Les activités

Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Music
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Sports

Mots et expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Indoor activities
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Music
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Sports
  • Write words and expressions: Indoor activities
  • Write words and expressions: Music
  • Write words and expressions: Sports

Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Adverbs of quantity
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Adverbs of quantity, quality, and frequency
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Demonstrative adjectives
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Interrogative pronouns qui, que, and quoi
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Jouer and faire
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Adverbs
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Adverbs of frequency
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Adverbs of quantity
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Demonstrative adjectives
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Interrogative pronouns qui, que, and quoi
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Jouer and faire
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Jouer de and jouer à

Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Adverbs ending in -ment/-mment
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Demonstrative adjectives
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Demonstrative adjectives ce vs. cet

Communication 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Music
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Sports
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Parts of the body related to working out
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Services offered at a fitness center
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Sports
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Music
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Sports

Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: French people’s musical tastes and habits
  • Understand key cultural concepts: French singer Jeanne Cherhal
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Hockey in Québec

Leçon 9: L’heure

Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Making plans
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Time

Mots et expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Making plans
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Time
  • Write words and expressions: Making plans
  • Write words and expressions: Time

Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of pronominal verbs
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Pronominal verbs with and without direct objects
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Reflexive pronouns
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The comparative
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The superlative
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Using “il faut” for necessity and obligation
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of pronominal verbs
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The comparative
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Using “il faut” for necessity and obligation

Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Expressions of time
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The letters QU

Communication 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Making plans
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Time
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Time
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Time
  • Write appropriate responses: Movies
  • Write appropriate responses: Music
  • Write appropriate responses: Time

Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: La Fête du Cinéma
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Movies in France
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Television in France

Leçon 10: La famille

Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Clothing
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Family
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Family origin

Mots et expressions

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Clothing
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Clothes shopping
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Clothing
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Family
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Family origin
  • Write words and expressions: Clothes shopping
  • Write words and expressions: Clothing
  • Write words and expressions: Family
  • Write words and expressions: Family origin

Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Indicative and imperative moods
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of -re verbs
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of regular -ir verbs
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of sortir
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of venir
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The imperative
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The passé composé with avoir
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Using “il y a” with passé composé
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of -re verbs
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of regular -ir verbs
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of venir
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The imperative
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Using “il y a” with passé composé

Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: C sounds
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Ch sounds
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: G sounds
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Present tense conjugations of irregular verbs ending in -ir
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Present tense conjugations of regular -ir verbs

Communication 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Clothing
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Family
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Family origin
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: The song “Promenons-nous dans les bois”
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Clothes shopping
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Shopping
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Clothing
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Family
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Making plans
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Using the verbs venir and sortir

Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: Family in France
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Family in West Africa
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Fashion in France
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Flags of Francophone countries

Leçon 11: La maison

Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Furniture
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Household chores

Mots et expressions

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Rooms of the house
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Cars
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Furniture
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Household chores
  • Write words and expressions: Cars
  • Write words and expressions: Furniture
  • Write words and expressions: Household chores
  • Write words and expressions: Rooms of the house

Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Direct object pronouns
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Indirect object pronouns
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Possessive adjectives
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of pouvoir, vouloir, and devoir
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The passé composé with être
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The pronoun “y”
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Using the correct auxiliary verb (avoir or être) in the passé composé
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Direct object pronouns
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Indirect object pronouns
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Possessive adjectives
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of pouvoir, vouloir, and devoir
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The passé composé with avoir and être
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The pronoun “y”

Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Forms of “tout”
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: O sounds

Communication 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Furniture
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Household chores
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Description of an apartment or house
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Household chores
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Household chores
  • Write appropriate responses: Household chores

Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: Distribution of household chores in French families
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Parisian architecture

Leçon 12: Le travail

Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: A job interview
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Professional goals
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Professions

Mots et expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: A job interview
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Professional goals
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Professions
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Work
  • Write words and expressions: A job interview
  • Write words and expressions: Professional goals
  • Write words and expressions: Professions
  • Write words and expressions: Work

Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: “C’est” and “il est” in the context of professions
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Forms of “tout”
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of pronominal verbs
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of savoir and connaître
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Pronominal and non-pronominal verbs
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Reflexive pronouns
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Relative pronouns qui and que
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Temporal expressions
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Uses of savoir and connaître
  • Write correct grammatical forms: “C’est” and “il est” in the context of professions
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Forms of “tout”
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of pronominal verbs
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of savoir and connaître
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Relative pronouns qui and que
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Temporal expressions
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The imperative

Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Present tense conjugations of devoir
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Present tense conjugations of pouvoir and vouloir
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The semi-vowel /w/

Communication 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Professional goals
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Professions
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Temporal expressions
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Professions
  • Write appropriate responses: Professional goals
  • Write appropriate responses: Professions

Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: French youth and the professional world
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Protection of the French language in Québec
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Word borrowing
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Work and unemployment in France

Leçon 13: Les repas

Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Making a reservation at a restaurant
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Ordering at a restaurant
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: The non-smoking section at a restaurant

Mots et expressions

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Food and drink
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Breakfast in Montréal
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Food and drink
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Making a reservation at a restaurant
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Ordering at a restaurant
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: The non-smoking section at a restaurant
  • Write words and expressions: Breakfast in Montréal
  • Write words and expressions: Making a reservation at a restaurant
  • Write words and expressions: Ordering at a restaurant
  • Write words and expressions: The non-smoking section at a restaurant

Structures

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: A story in the passé composé
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Expressions of quantity and the use of “de”
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Gender and number of partitive articles
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Irregular past participles
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Partitive articles
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Past participle agreement in the passé composé with être
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of verbs ending in -cer and -ger
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The passé composé with avoir
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The passé composé with être
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The passé composé with negation
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The pronouns “y” and “en”
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Expressions of quantity and the use of “de”
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Past participles
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of irregular verbs ending in -re
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of verbs ending in -cer and -ger
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The passé composé with avoir
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The passé composé with être
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The pronouns “y” and “en”
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Using “de” in negative sentences

Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Final vowels in past participles
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Present and passé composé of -er verbs
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Present tense conjugations of boire
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Present tense conjugations of prendre
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Present tense conjugations of verbs ending in -endre

Communication 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Food and drink
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Making a reservation at a restaurant
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Ordering at a restaurant
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: The non-smoking section at a restaurant
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Ordering at a restaurant
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Eating at a restaurant
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Ordering at a restaurant
  • Write appropriate responses: Food and drink
  • Write appropriate responses: Ordering at a restaurant

Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: A French nutritional guide
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Alcohol in France
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Sugar houses in Québec

Leçon 14: Au restaurant

Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Invitations

Mots et expressions

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Invitations
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Parties
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Invitations
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Ordering at a restaurant
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Parties
  • Write words and expressions: Invitations
  • Write words and expressions: Ordering at a restaurant

Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Direct and indirect object pronouns
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Order of direct and indirect object pronouns
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The present conditional
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Verbs with irregular stems in the present conditional
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Order of direct and indirect object pronouns
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The present conditional

Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Endings of the present conditional
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: S sounds
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The /r/ sound

Communication 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Invitations
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Eating at a restaurant
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Invitations

Univers culturel

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: “Mange ta soupe” by Jean Cocteau
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: The biography of Jean Cocteau
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Utensils
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Eating at a restaurant in France
  • Understand key cultural concepts: La poutine

Course assessments, activities, and outline

Before You Begin

Information for users

Leçon 1: Se présenter

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 2: Les origines

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 3: Les études

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 4: L’âge

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 5: L’apparence

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 6: La personnalité

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 7: Mes préférences

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 8: Les activités

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 9: L’heure

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 10: La famille

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 11: La maison

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 12: Le travail

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 13: Les repas

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 14: Au restaurant

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Other course details

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Spring, 2018

Project Director

  • Dr. Christopher M. Jones

Co-authors

  • Christopher Jones
  • Sophie Queuniet
  • Bonnie Youngs
  • Sébastein Dubreil

Contributing authors

  • Cary Campbell
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Brett Wells
  • Heather Allen
  • Patricia Mosele

Technical Lead

  • Marc Siskin

XML coding & proofing

  • Mat Banner
  • Lauren Balderston
  • Cary Campbell
  • Anne Jackson
  • Elena Marusak
  • Aurora Zink
  • Ina Rastegar
  • Brandon Cheng

Tutor programming

  • John LaPlante (CTAT)
  • Ross Strader (OLI)
  • John Kowalski
  • Nick Leaf
  • Raphael Gachuhi

Media specialists

  • Cory Gavin
  • Young Hee (Wendy) Byun

Video production

  • Sébastien Marguet (2005)
  • Perso Clip (2006)
  • Jean-Pierre Serra, Expérience 7 Montréal (2008)
  • Anne Kmetyko (2008)

Actor recruitment

  • Adrienne Magneau (Nantes)
  • Geneviève Chantal-Hébert (Montréal)

Actors

  • Nantes
  • Norman Barreau-Gely
  • Morgane Maisonneuve
  • Mathilde Clavier
  • Martin Buraud
  • Marie-Gabrielle Pierre
  • Ahmed Adam
  • Élodie Houngbo
  • Trésor Mangasa
  • Montréal
  • Alice Pascual
  • Vincent Fafard
  • Patrick Dupuis
  • Christian Vyboh
  • Eve Meilleur
  • Maria-Eugénia Molina

Voice talent

  • Julien Comte
  • Anne Catherine Delmelle
  • Guillaume Pignol
  • Sophie Queuniet
  • Caroline Savalle

Funding credits

  • The Open Learning Initiative (Hewlett Foundation)
  • The Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center (National Science Foundation)
  • Carnegie Mellon University Department of Modern Languages
  • Ministry of External Relations of the Government of Quebec

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This course’s system requirements:

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