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French 2 — Instructor-Led for Independent Learners

$50

SPACE IS LIMITED to 85 participants to ensure an ideal student-to-instructor ratio. Zoom classes meet every Wednesday from 2-3pm ET.

Second-semester course teaching the French language and French culture, taught by Carnegie Mellon University faculty for students with an intense desire to learn the language. Is French 1 or French 2 right for you?

Participants can earn a certificate of completion if they meet the requirements. 

Description

Elementary French 2 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 more comprehensive information about Carnegie Mellon University’s online instructor-led courses.

Additional software or materials required:

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.


Topics covered:

This course targets communicative competence in the following domains: My Family, My Neighborhood, My Future, The Body, My Regime, Young People and Stress, Vacations, Modes of Transport, A Virtual Trip, Political Opinions, Change, Ecology, Where to Live, Questions of Identity, Languages and Life.

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).


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.

French 1 might be right for you if any of the following apply French 2 might be right for you if any of the following apply
You have taken at least one semester of college French or two years of high school French, in the recent past. You have taken at least one semester of college French or two years of high school French, in the recent past.
You took a year of college French, but it has been several years since. You remember most of the basics that you have learned in French. You’re comfortable with verbs in the present tense, avoir, être, and faire.
You took some French in high school, but it has been a long time since. You can introduce yourself, say your age and origin, and talk about what you like to do in French.
You would like to learn the fundamental French structures and vocabulary for greetings, personality, dates and times, age, appearance, hobbies, work, family, and food. You have been exposed to speaking and writing in the past in French. There is a review of passé composé and imparfait in the beginning of French 2, but it helps if you’ve already seen the passé composé.
You may have some self-study in the form of French language learning apps, but you’re looking to formalize what you know and to learn more. You may not have had formal study, but you have had extensive self-study with French in the form of using language learning apps and or books consistently for at least a year.
You feel like you might fit into the French 2 categories, but you want to build your confidence with your foundations in French. You have extensive experience learning another Romance language, like Spanish or Italian, and you also know a little bit of French.
No one in your family speaks French. Your family speaks French and you can understand, but would like to feel more confident responding in French.

If you still have questions about whether to sign up for French 1 or 2, you can contact Natalie Amgott (namgott@andrew.cmu.edu).

Instructor-led course features

Instructor-Led Courses

$50per student
  • Instructor-led OLI courses enable independent learners to study a subject over a 16-week period with a weekly live class on Zoom with their instructor and peers. Courses are:

    • Taught by a Carnegie Mellon University Instructor
    • Not self-paced. There will be weekly deadlines and students will complete approximately one lesson per week.
    • Include a certificate of completion
  • Includes the learning materials and assessments, weekly live class on Zoom (60 minutes), weekly emails, and the ability to contact the instructor for questions

  • Certificate of Completion (70% or more on exams) or Certificate with Distinction (90% or more on exams) available to learners meeting the requirements

  • *If your teacher gave you a Course Key, do not use an Independent Paid course because your teacher will never see your work.

Important dates

You can enroll in French 2 — Instructor-Led for Independent Learners at any time before the first day of class. 

  • Start date: January 18, 2023
  • End date: May 5, 2023

NOTE: Please visit the Zoom class schedule tab for information on your live Zoom meetings.

Zoom class schedule

Meet with your instructor and peers via Zoom:

  • Wednesdays from 2-3:00pm Eastern Time (ET)

Use a time zone conversion tool to convert this to your local time.

What students will learn

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

  • Identify the main ideas in a conversation and a written text
  • Use written and oral phrases to talk about the past, present, and future
  • Make cultural comparisons through writing and speaking about health, vacation, and political opinions
  • Give and receive advice about a variety of topics 

Learning objectives by module

Leçon 1: Ma famille

 Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Childhood memories
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Family
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Rooms of the house

 Mots et Expressions

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Childhood activities
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Childhood activities
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Childhood memories
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Family
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Household chores
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Rooms of the house
  • Write words and expressions: Childhood activities
  • Write words and expressions: Childhood memories
  • Write words and expressions: Family
  • Write words and expressions: Household chores
  • Write words and expressions: Rooms of the house

 Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The imparfait
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The imparfait of the verb être and verbs ending in -cer and -ger
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The passé composé
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Uses of the imparfait
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The imparfait
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The passé composé

 Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The imparfait
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The semi-vowel /ye/

 Communications 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Childhood memories
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Family
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Rooms of the house
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Childhood memories
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Family
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Rooms of the house
  • Select appropriate written responses: Childhood memories
  • Write appropriate responses: Family
  • Write extended discourse: Childhood memories
  • Write extended discourse: Family

 Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: Adolescent life in France
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Housing in France
  • Understand key cultural concepts: The evolution of family life in Quebec

Leçon 2: Mon quartier

 Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Directions
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Places in the city
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Specialty shops

 Mots et Expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Directions
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Places in the city
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Specialty shops
  • Write words and expressions: Directions
  • Write words and expressions: Places in the city
  • Write words and expressions: Specialty shops

 Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Past participle agreement
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Past participle agreement in the passé composé with avoir
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The imparfait
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Uses of the passé composé and the imparfait
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Past participle agreement
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Past participle agreement in the passé composé with avoir
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The imparfait
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The passé composé

 Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: H sounds
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The passé composé and the imparfait of verbs ending in -er

 Communications 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: A story in the passé composé and the imparfait
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Places in the city
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Specialty shops
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Places in the city
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Specialty shops
  • Select appropriate written responses: Places in the city
  • Write appropriate responses: A story in the passé composé and the imparfait

 Univers culturel

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: City life and country life
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Neo-rurals

Leçon 3: Mon avenir

 Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: A business trip
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Talking about one’s job

 Mots et Expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: A business trip
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: A job interview
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: School
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Talking about one’s job
  • Write words and expressions: A business trip
  • Write words and expressions: A job interview
  • Write words and expressions: School
  • Write words and expressions: Talking about one’s job

 Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The conditional
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The conditional and the future
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The future
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Uses of the conditional
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Verbs with irregular stems in the conditional
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The conditional
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The future

 Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The conditional and the future
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The future

 Communications 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: A business trip
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Buying a train ticket
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Talking about one’s job
  • Select appropriate oral responses: A business trip
  • Select appropriate oral responses: A job interview
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Talking about one’s job
  • Select appropriate written responses: A business trip
  • Select appropriate written responses: A job interview
  • Select appropriate written responses: Talking about one’s job
  • Write appropriate responses: Buying a train ticket

 Univers culturel

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Talking about one’s job
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Unemployment in France

Leçon 4: Le corps

 Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Getting hurt
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Talking about someone’s death and offering condolences

 Mots et Expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Getting hurt
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Illnesses and injuries
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Mental health
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Remedies
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Talking about someone’s death and offering condolences
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: The expression “avoir mal”
  • Write words and expressions: Getting hurt
  • Write words and expressions: Mental health
  • Write words and expressions: Talking about someone’s death and offering condolences

 Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Agreement in the passé composé of pronominal verbs
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Depuis, il y a, and pendant
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of pronominal verbs
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Reflexive pronouns
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The adverbs bien and mal in the comparative and the superlative
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The imperative
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The indicative and the imperative
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The passé composé of pronominal verbs
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Depuis, il y a, and pendant
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of pronominal verbs
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The adverbs bien and mal in the comparative and the superlative
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The imperative
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The passé composé of pronominal verbs

 Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Ch, th, and gn sounds
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Final sounds -tie and -tion
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The indicative and the imperative
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The vowels /è/ and /ô/

 Communications 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Getting hurt
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Illnesses and injuries
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Talking about someone’s death and offering condolences
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Getting hurt
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Illnesses and injuries
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Remedies
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Talking about someone’s death and offering condolences
  • Select appropriate written responses: Illnesses and injuries
  • Write appropriate responses: Illnesses and injuries
  • Write appropriate responses: Remedies

 Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: Going to the doctor or hospital in France
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Health and the health care system in France

Leçon 5: Mon régime

 Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Diet
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Fitness

 Mots et Expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Diet
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Exercise
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Fitness
  • Write words and expressions: Diet
  • Write words and expressions: Exercise
  • Write words and expressions: Fitness

 Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: “Si” clauses
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Adjective agreement
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Placement of adjectives
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The passé composé and the plus-que-parfait
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The plus-que-parfait
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The verbs pouvoir and devoir in the conditional
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Uses of the conditional and the imparfait
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Uses of the passé composé, the imparfait, and the plus-que-parfait in past narration
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Adjective agreement
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The passé composé, the imparfait, and the plus-que-parfait
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The plus-que-parfait

 Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Pronounced final consonants
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Silent final consonants
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Tous and plus

 Communications 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Diet
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Fitness
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Skin care
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Diet
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Exercise
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Fitness
  • Select appropriate written responses: Fitness
  • Write appropriate responses: Diet
  • Write appropriate responses: Skin care

 Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: Sports and fitness in France
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Sports in Quebec

Leçon 6: Les jeunes et le stress

 Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Bad habits
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Bad influences

 Mots et Expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Bad habits
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Bad influences
  • Write words and expressions: Bad habits
  • Write words and expressions: Bad influences

 Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The indicative and the subjunctive
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The infinitive and the subjunctive
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The subjunctive
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Uses of the futur proche and the future
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Negation
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The futur proche
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The future
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The infinitive and the subjunctive

 Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: L sounds
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The indicative and the subjunctive

 Communications 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Bad habits
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Bad influences
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Bad habits
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Bad influences
  • Select appropriate written responses: Bad habits
  • Select appropriate written responses: Bad influences
  • Write appropriate responses: Giving advice using the subjunctive

 Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: Smoking in France

Leçon 7: Les vacances

 Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Christmas
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Travel

 Mots et Expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Christmas
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Travel
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Travel activities
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Vacation plans
  • Write words and expressions: Christmas
  • Write words and expressions: Travel
  • Write words and expressions: Travel activities
  • Write words and expressions: Vacation plans

 Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of -er verbs
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of -er verbs with spelling changes
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of -ir verbs
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of -re verbs
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of irregular verbs
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of irregular verbs ending in -ir
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of irregular verbs ending in -re
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The infinitive and the subjunctive
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The subjunctive
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of -er verbs
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of -ir verbs
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of -re verbs
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of irregular verbs ending in -ir
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of irregular verbs ending in -re
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Present tense conjugations of regular and irregular verbs
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The subjunctive

 Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The tréma
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The vowels /é/ and /è/
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: X sounds

 Communications 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Christmas
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Travel
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Christmas
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Travel
  • Select appropriate written responses: Christmas
  • Select appropriate written responses: Travel
  • Write appropriate responses: Travel

 Univers culturel

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Preparing for vacation
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Vacation plans
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Holidays in Quebec

Leçon 8: Modes de transport

 Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Tourist activities
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Transportation

 Mots et Expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Tourist activities
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Transportation
  • Write words and expressions: Tourist activities
  • Write words and expressions: Transportation

 Structures

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Prepositions of location
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Contraction of definite articles
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Expressions that require the subjunctive
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Irregular verbs in the subjunctive
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Prepositions before names of places
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Prepositions of location
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The gerund
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The indicative and the subjunctive
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The present participle
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Contraction of definite articles
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Prepositions before names of places
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Prepositions of location
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The present participle
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The subjunctive

 Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Liaison between the preposition en and the present participle
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: O sounds
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The present participle
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Vowels a, e, i, o, and u

 Communications 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Tourist activities
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Transportation
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Tourist activities
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Transportation
  • Select appropriate written responses: Tourist activities
  • Select appropriate written responses: Transportation
  • Write appropriate responses: Transportation

 Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: Transportation in France

Leçon 9: Départ virtuel

 Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Advantages and disadvantages of technology
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Email

 Mots et Expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Advantages and disadvantages of technology
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Electronic devices
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Email
  • Write words and expressions: Advantages and disadvantages of technology
  • Write words and expressions: Email

 Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Direct and indirect object pronouns
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Direct object pronouns
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Expressions that require the indicative
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Expressions that require the subjunctive
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Indirect object pronouns
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Irregular verbs in the subjunctive
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Order of direct and indirect object pronouns
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Placement of direct and indirect object pronouns in the sentence
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The indicative and the subjunctive
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The subjunctive
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Verbs that do and verbs that do not require a preposition
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Verbs that require the preposition à
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Verbs that require the preposition de
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Direct and indirect object pronouns
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Order of pronouns
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The indicative and the subjunctive
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The pronouns y and en
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Verbs that require the preposition à
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Verbs that require the preposition de

 Sons

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Où and ou, à and a, du and dû
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The semi-vowel u

 Communications 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: A telegram
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Advantages and disadvantages of technology
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Email
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Advantages and disadvantages of technology
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Email
  • Select appropriate written responses: Advantages and disadvantages of technology
  • Select appropriate written responses: Email
  • Write appropriate responses: Advantages and disadvantages of technology

 Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: Internet terminology in Quebec
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Media in France
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Technology and leisure activities in France

Leçon 10: Opinions politiques

 Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Political opinions
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Politics

 Mots et Expressions

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: The election process
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Political opinions
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Politics
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: The election process
  • Write words and expressions: Political opinions
  • Write words and expressions: Politics
  • Write words and expressions: The election process

 Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: “Si” clauses
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The indicative and the subjunctive
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The irregular verbs aller, faire, and être
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Uses of the subjunctive
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The indicative and the subjunctive
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The passé composé, the imparfait, and the plus-que-parfait
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The present indicative, the passé composé, the imparfait, the future, and the subjunctive

 Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Abbreviations and acronyms

 Communications 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Political opinions
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Politics
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Political opinions
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Politics
  • Write appropriate responses: Political opinions

 Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: Political parties in Quebec
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Politics and political parties in France

Leçon 11: Le changement

 Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Gender equality
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Women in politics

 Mots et Expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Gender equality
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Women in politics
  • Write words and expressions: Gender equality
  • Write words and expressions: Women in politics

 Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The imparfait
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The indicative and the subjunctive
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The irregular verbs avoir, pouvoir, and vouloir
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The passé composé
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Verbs that require the preposition à
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Verbs that require the preposition de
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The imparfait
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The indicative and the subjunctive
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The passé composé
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The present indicative, the passé composé, the imparfait, the future, and the subjunctive

 Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: -er verbs in the present indicative, the passé composé, the imparfait, the future, and the subjunctive

 Communications 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Gender equality
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Temporary workers
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Women in politics
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Gender equality
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Women in politics
  • Write appropriate responses: Gender equality
  • Write appropriate responses: Women in politics

 Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: Gender equality in Senegal
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Women in politics in France

Leçon 12: L’écologie

 Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Energy
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Transportation

 Mots et Expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Energy
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Environmental issues and their solutions
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Transportation
  • Write words and expressions: Energy
  • Write words and expressions: Transportation

 Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Negation
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The indicative and the subjunctive
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The irregular verbs savoir, venir, and voir
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The passive voice
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Negation
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The indicative and the subjunctive
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The passive voice
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The present indicative, the passé composé, the imparfait, the future, and the subjunctive

 Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The verb aller in the subjunctive
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: The verb avoir in the subjunctive

 Communications 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Energy
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Environmental issues and their solutions
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Transportation
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Energy
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Environmental issues and their solutions
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Transportation
  • Write appropriate responses: Transportation

 Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: Plastic bags in France
  • Understand key cultural concepts: The Green party in France

Leçon 13: Où vivre?

 Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: French cities
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Moving

 Mots et Expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: French cities
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Moving
  • Write words and expressions: French cities
  • Write words and expressions: Moving

 Structures

  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Expressions that require the indicative
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Expressions that require the subjunctive
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Placement of pronouns in the imperative
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Questions
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The imperative
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The indicative and the subjunctive
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Placement of pronouns in the imperative
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Questions
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The imperative
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The indicative and the subjunctive

 Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Stressed syllables
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Adding emphasis to a sentence

 Communications 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: City life and country life
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: French cities
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Moving
  • Select appropriate oral responses: City life and country life
  • Select appropriate oral responses: French cities
  • Select appropriate written responses: French cities
  • Select appropriate written responses: Moving

 Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: Regions of France
  • Understand key cultural concepts: Regions of Quebec

Leçon 14: Questions d’identité

 Communication 1

  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: Identity
  • Recognize key elements of spoken exchanges: The European Union

 Mots et Expressions

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Expressing opinions
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Identity
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Quebec identity politics
  • Comprehend written words and expressions: The European Union
  • Write words and expressions: Identity
  • Write words and expressions: Quebec identity politics
  • Write words and expressions: The European Union

 Structures

  • Comprehend written words and expressions: Transition words and phrases
  • Identify correct grammatical forms:
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Relative pronouns
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The indicative and the subjunctive
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The interrogative adjective quel
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: The interrogative pronoun lequel
  • Identify correct grammatical forms: Uses of the subjunctive
  • Write correct grammatical forms: Relative pronouns
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The infinitive and the subjunctive
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The interrogative adjective quel
  • Write correct grammatical forms: The interrogative pronoun lequel

 Sons

  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Elision
  • Distinguish between spoken sounds: Liaison

 Communications 2

  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: Identity
  • Comprehend spoken words and expressions: The European Union
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Identity
  • Select appropriate oral responses: Politics
  • Select appropriate oral responses: The European Union
  • Select appropriate written responses: Identity

 Univers culturel

  • Understand key cultural concepts: French cultural identity
  • Understand key cultural concepts: The Acadians

Course outline

Before You Begin

Information for users

 Leçon 1: Ma famille

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 2: Mon quartier

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 3: Mon avenir

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 4: Le corps

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 5: Mon régime

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 6: Les jeunes et le stress

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 7: Les vacances

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 8: Modes de transport

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 9: Départ virtuel

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 10: Opinions politiques

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 11: Le changement

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 12: L’écologie

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 13: Où vivre?

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Leçon 14: Questions d’identité

Communication 1

Mots et expressions

Structures

Sons

Communication 2

Univers culturel

Activités de synthèse

Suppléments

Other course details

This course will be taught over 16 weeks. It is recommended to take the French I course first, or to have previous exposure to French that equates to at least one semester of college French. 

Project Director
  • Dr. Christopher M. Jones
Co-authors
  • Christopher Jones
  • Sophie Queuniet
  • Bonnie Youngs
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
Tutor programming
  • John LaPlante (CTAT)
  • Ross Strader (OLI)
  • John Kowalski
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
  • Valerie Ventura
  • Anne-Sophie Charest
 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

System requirements

OLI system requirements, regardless of course:

  • internet access
  • an operating system that supports the latest browser update
  • the latest browser update (Chrome recommended; Firefox, Safari supported; Edge and Internet Explorer are supported but not recommended)
  • pop-ups enabled
  • cookies enabled

Some courses include exercises with exceptions to these requirements, such as technology that cannot be used on mobile devices.

This course’s system requirements:

  • Videoconferencing software
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