Courses

French Courses

FREN 1, Elementary French
Lec-87.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English or any City College or university foreign language course

This introductory course will develop students' four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in real-world situations to a novice mid level. The course also introduces some cultural aspects of France and the francophone world.

UC/CSU
Units: 5
FREN 1A, Elementary French
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English or any City College or university foreign language course

This introductory course will develop students' four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in real-world situations to a novice low level. The course also introduces some cultural aspects of France and the francophone world.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

FREN 1A + 1B = FREN 1

FREN 1B, Elementary French
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: FREN 1A or demonstration of FREN 1A exit skills.

This introductory course will develop students' four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in real-world situations to a novice mid level. The course also introduces some cultural aspects of France and the francophone world.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

FREN 1A + 1B = FREN 1

FREN 2, Continuation of Elementary French
Lec-87.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: FREN 1 or FREN 1B or demonstration of exit skills

Second semester course with emphasis on vocabulary and grammar appropriate to the intermediate low level. Continued practice in speaking and understanding French. Continued practice in writing and reading French. Further introduction to Francophone cultures.

UC/CSU
Units: 5
FREN 2A, Continuation of Elementary French
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: FREN 1 or FREN 1B or demonstration of exit skills

Second semester course with emphasis on vocabulary and grammar appropriate to the novice high level. Continued practice in speaking and understanding French. Continued practice in writing and reading French. Further introduction to Francophone cultures.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

FREN 2A + 2B = FREN 2

FREN 2B, Continuation of Elementary French
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: FREN 2A or demonstration of exit skills

Second semester course with emphasis on vocabulary and grammar appropriate to the intermediate low level. Continued practice in speaking and understanding French. Continued practice in writing and reading French. Further introduction to Francophone cultures.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

FREN 2A + 2B = FREN 2

FREN 3, Intermediate French
Lec-87.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: FREN 2 or 2B or demonstration of FREN 2/2B exit skills.

Reading of intermediate-level French prose, associated grammar review and essay composition, constant practice in the use and comprehension of the spoken language. Study of culture through film and excerpts of various texts (articles, novels or informational texts specifically written for our textbook).

UC/CSU
Units: 5

FREN 3=FREN 3A+3B

FREN 3A, Intermediate French
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ: FREN 2 or FREN 2B or demonstration of exit skills

Intermediate French 3A is a continuation of FREN 2/2B. It includes in-depth review of French grammar and expansion of the five language skills (writing, reading, listening, speaking, and culture). It is designed to help students improve their communicative skills. The course is conducted in French and covers various interrogative structures, a review of the past tenses and determinatives. It will also provide the vocabulary necessary to discuss education, immigration and exile.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

FREN 3A and FREN 3B are non-sequential and may be taken in either order. FREN 3A + 3B = FREN 3

FREN 3B, Intermediate French
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ: FREN 2 or FREN 2B or demonstration of exit skills

Intermediate French 3B is a continuation of FREN2/2B. It includes in-depth review of French grammar and expansion of the five language skills (writing, reading, listening, speaking, and culture). It is designed to help students improve their communicative skills. The course is conducted in French and covers relative clauses, object pronouns and the conditional mood as well as the vocabulary necessary to talk about the workplace and discuss personal relationships.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

FREN 3A and FREN 3B are non-sequential and may be taken in either order. FREN 3A + 3B = FREN 3

FREN 4, Cont. of Intermediate French
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: FREN 2 or 2B or demonstration of exit skills

Intermediate French 4 is a continuation of FREN2/2B. It includes in-depth review of French grammar and expansion of the five language skills (writing, reading, listening, speaking, and culture). It is designed to help students improve their communicative skills at an advanced intermediate level. The course is conducted in French and covers the use of the subjunctive mood to express opinions and the vocabulary needed to discuss social classes among other themes.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
FREN 5, Advanced French: Conversation on French Literature and Culture
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: FREN 3 or FREN 3B or demonstration of FREN 3 or FREN 3B exit skills

Readings in and discussion of French literature and culture. Extensive oral interaction and composition to build analytical vocabulary, improve sustained discussion, and express ideas in a more natural manner.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
FREN 10A, Beginning Conversational French
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

This is a beginner's course and the first of a series of five conversational courses. This course offers extensive oral training in French and an emphasis on practical vocabulary and idiom rather than formal grammar and literature. It is open to all beginning students; however, it is not advised for native speakers of French. It is recommended for students already enrolled in FREN 1 or FREN 1A wishing to get more oral practice.

CSU
Units: 3

Recommended all beginning students and for students enrolled in FREN 1 or FREN 1A. Not Recommended for native speakers of French.

FREN 10B, Continuation of Beginning Conversational French
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: FREN 10A

This is the second of a series of 5 conversational courses. This course offers extensive oral training in French and an emphasis on practical vocabulary and idiom rather than formal grammar and literature. It is open to all beginning students; however, it is not advised for native speakers of French. It is recommended for students already enrolled in FREN 1 or FREN 1B wishing to get more oral practice.

CSU
Units: 3

Recommended for students enrolled in FREN 1 or FREN 1A. Not recommended for native speakers of French.

FREN 10C, Intermediate Conversational French
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: FREN 10B or demonstration of FREN 10B exit skills

Extensive oral training in French. Designed for students who wish to continue acquiring more advanced skills of the spoken language with a minimum of formal grammar.

CSU
Units: 3

Recommended for students enrolled in FREN 2 or FREN 2A. Not recommended for native speakers of French.

FREN 10D, Continuation of Intermediate Conversational French
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: FREN 10C or demonstration of exit skills

Continuation of extensive oral training in French for students who wish to continue acquiring more advanced skills of the spoken language with a minimum of formal grammar.

CSU
Units: 3

Recommended for students enrolled in FREN 2B or 3A or 3B. Not recommended for native speakers of French.

FREN 11A, Advanced Conversational French
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: FREN 10E or FREN 3 or (FREN 3A and FREN 3B) or demonstration of exit skills

Students will strengthen their grammatical acquisitions, practice their listening and reading skills and attain speaking proficiency while learning about Francophone cinema. They will exchange viewpoints on the various movies seen in class and discuss social and cultural values of the country of origin of each movie.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

Non-sequential

FREN 11B, Advanced Conversational French
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: FREN 10E or FREN 3 or (FREN 3A and FREN 3B) or demonstration of exit skills

Students will consolidate their grammatical acquisitions, practice their listening and reading skills and attain speaking proficiency while learning about Francophone cinema. They will exchange viewpoints on the various movies seen in class and discuss social and cultural values of the country of origin of each movie.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

Non-sequential

FREN 20, Independent Studies in French
Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: FREN 3A, 3B, or 4 or demonstration FREN 3A/3B/4 exit skills

Students will be developing a current knowledge in a specific area of interest - literary, cultural or linguistic - while improving critical thinking and communicative skills in the French language. This course is an independent study course.

CSU
Units: 1

May not be offered every semester. UC upon review

FREN 22, Grammar Review and Composition
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: FREN 4 or demonstration of FREN 4 exit skills

Advanced review of grammar and composition taught entirely in French with attention to style, vocabulary development, and more advanced grammatical structures.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

May not be offered every semester.

FREN 23, French Phonetics
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: FREN 2 or FREN 2B or FREN 10C or demonstration of exit skills of French 2, 2B, or 10C

Introduction to the French phonological system with attention given to spoken French and how it corresponds to written French. Emphasis on improving listening comprehension and more closely approximating native-speaker pronunciation, rather than on grammatical structures.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

May not be offered every semester.

FREN 41, Culture and Civilization of France
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

The geography, history, social institutions, literature, art, architecture and music of France from their beginnings to the First World War. No knowledge of French required

UC/CSU
Units: 3

No knowledge of French required. May not be offered every semester.

FREN 42, Contemporary French Culture and Civilization
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Aspects of French culture and civilization from the entre-deux-guerres period to the present. Insights into the historical and traditional forces which have contributed to the current and emerging conditions of France.

UC/CSU
Units: 3