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BIENVENUE!

Welcome to the French Basic Language program.
We hope you enjoy your experience with French at MSU and that you learn a lot.
 
Bonne chance et merci!

PROGRAM GOALS FOR FRENCH 101-202

At MSU, our goal is to create a proficiency-oriented language program with the following goal:

By the end of French 202, 50% of all students exiting the program will have reached the Intermediate Mid level of the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages assessment for French. 


The following is a reduced version of the ACTFL description of this proficiency level.

Speakers at the Intermediate Mid sublevel are able to handle successfully a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. Conversation is generally limited to those predictable and concrete exchanges necessary for survival in the target culture. These include personal information related to self, family, home, daily activities, interests and personal preferences, as well as physical and social needs, such as food, shopping, travel, and lodging.

Intermediate Mid speakers tend to function reactively, for example, by responding to direct questions or requests for information. However, they are capable of asking a variety of questions when necessary to obtain simple information to satisfy basic needs, such as directions, prices, and services.

Intermediate Mid speakers are able to express personal meaning by creating with the language, in part by combining and recombining known elements and conversational input to produce responses typically consisting of sentences and strings of sentences. Their speech may contain pauses, reformulations, and self-corrections as they search for adequate vocabulary and appropriate language forms to express themselves. In spite of the limitations in their vocabulary and/or pronunciation and/or grammar and/or syntax, Intermediate Mid speakers are generally understood by sympathetic interlocutors accustomed to dealing with non-natives.

This is an ambitious goal to be sure! But we can do it. To this end, we are redesigning courses, course goals, teaching and learning materials, and testing to reflect these goals. You may encounter things “done differently” from previous study, either in your high school or at another college or university. This is to be expected if you have not been enrolled in a language curriculum with a proficiency-oriented goal such as ours. Our aim is to dovetail our materials and practices toward achieving this goal, and thus our practices and testing may seem different to you.


FRENCH 101

This is a beginning course for students with two years or less of high school French. Anyone with more than two years of high school French or who has already taken one semester or one-quarter of university-level French must enroll in French 102 or take the placement test. (See placement procedures

In this course, you will initiate your ability to effect very basic communication in French, usually using one and two words at a time and often in response to another person’s question. You will be able to do so in a variety of topics: family, leisure habits, school schedule, physical traits, among others. You will also be able to ask simple questions related to these topics (e.g., What do you study? Where do your parents live? Do you go to the gym everyday?). In addition, you will be able to understand, summarize and express basic information about the film, Liaisons.

Comprehension and vocabulary are stressed over production and grammar in this course, although you will work in a variety of areas as you work on basic skills. You will see that your syllabus is set up in terms of class-hour goals and not “page numbers to be covered.”

Materials for the course are the digital version of the highly successful movie-based textbook Liaisons (first edition). Purchase of these materials must be made through an MSU sanctioned bookstore.

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FRENCH 102

This is the continuation course for students who had FRN 101 at MSU or a similar course at another university. It is also open to students with more than two years of high school French. (See placement procedures

In this course, you will continue working on your ability to effect very basic communication in French, usually using one and two words at a time and often in response to another person’s question. You will be able to do so in a variety of topics: meals and eating habits, certain shopping routines, professions and careers, among others. You will also be able to ask simple questions related to these topics (e.g., Where do you shop? Do you eat vegetables everyday? What are your personal talents?). In addition, you will be able to understand, summarize and express basic information about the film, Liaisons.

Comprehension and vocabulary are stressed over production and grammar in this course, although you will work in a variety of areas as you work on basic skills. You will see that your syllabus is set up in terms of class-hour goals and not “page numbers to be covered.”

How to Register for FRN 102: If you meet the description for eligibility above, you are free to register for this course. If you have questions, please see the Assistant Director, Matt Kanefsky, to enroll. 

Materials for the course are the digital version of the highly successful movie-based textbook Liaisons (first edition). Purchase of these materials must be made through an MSU sanctioned bookstore.

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FRENCH 201

This is the continuation course for students who had FRN 102 at MSU or a similar course at another university. It is also open to students with more than two years of high school FRN if they place into the course via the placement test. (See placement procedures)

In this course, you will continue working on your ability to effect very basic communication in French, usually speaking in short sentences, but also trying to put some sentences together and add information to something you have said. You will also be able to ask simple questions related to these topics. In addition, you will be able to understand, summarize and express basic information about the film, Liaisons.

Comprehension and vocabulary are stressed over production and grammar in this course, although you will work in a variety of areas as you work on basic skills. You will see that your syllabus is set up in terms of class-hour goals and not “page numbers to be covered.” 

How to Register for FRN 201: If you meet the description for eligibility above, you are free to register for this course. If you have questions, please see the Assistant Director, Mr. Matt Kanefsky, to enroll. 

Materials for the course are the digital version of the highly successful movie-based textbook Liaisons (first edition). Purchase of these materials must be made through an MSU sanctioned bookstore.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Assistant Director
Matthew Kanefsky

Major and Minor Advisor
Jennifer Gansler