Elementary French 1 is a carefully sequenced and highly interactive presentation of French language and culture in a media-rich course environment. The latest update includes an instructor-led version of the course with scored assessments for independent learners, and video shot in France and Québec with young professional actors. It is designed to be used as a full course of study occurring over a 15-week period.
In the instructor-led course, you will have a weekly synchronous class (60-minutes) on Zoom in which you will get the opportunity to practice your French speaking, grammar, and vocabulary skills with your peers. You will also receive weekly emails from your instructor with suggested pacing for moving through the lesson materials. Additionally, you will be able to email your instructor with any questions you may have about the course.
To successfully use this course, you should be a motivated adult student (aged 18 and up) with a sincere desire to learn about French language and francophone cultures, and be comfortable with computer technologies.
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You will be required to use videoconferencing software, such as Zoom, which you will be able to use for free with the link that your instructor provides you.
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.
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).
Is French 1 or French 2 right for you?
Are you wondering whether you should sign up for French 1 or French 2? Use the following table to help you decide. This table was designed with common experiences of language learners. If you can say “yes” to more prompts in the “French 1” column, then French 1 is recommended. Likewise, if you can say “yes” to more prompts in the “French 2” column, then French 2 is likely to be a good fit for you.
If you still have questions about whether to sign up for French 1 or 2, you can contact Natalie Amgott (firstname.lastname@example.org).