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FREN 2470 - Intermediate French 2

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: FREN 2460 

(formerly FREN 2370)

This course will stress the expansion of the student’s vocabulary, language skills and cultural competency. Classroom activities will center on a thorough review of the most important aspects of French grammar, as well as active oral and written use of the language. The oral exercises will expose students to extended discourse and will develop content and context as appropriate for students moving from the intermediate to the more advanced proficiency levels. Authentic material will provide the student with opportunities to critically engage with elaborate cultural situations. Students are required to use computer based technology to practice these skills.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate competency in oral language skills beyond Intermediate French 1.


  1. Pronounce individual sounds, including appropriate intonation and stress, with little or no interference in order to be understood by a Native Speaker.
  2. Form and produce entire sentences with no hesitation and natural pauses.
  3. Engage in small conversations with a Native Speaker in the present or near future tense about the following topics (includes both initiating conversations as well as responding appropriately to speech of a Native Speaker):
    1. Extending, accepting, and declining an invitation.
    2. Offering, soliciting a service, making acquisitions, and asking for prices.
    3. Using language related to university life, expressing uncertainties and frustrations, expressing relief after an exam.
    4. Talking about education, career and personal interests.
    5. Discussing trends and tastes in food recipes.
    6. Debating national and international economic issues.

Outcome 2:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use French vocabulary beyond Intermediate French 1.


Regarding topics such as education and careers, descriptions, technology, economy, business, social, and financial terms, entertainment, food and recipes, sports and outdoor activities:

  1. Use vocabulary when speaking.
  2. Respond to a Native Speaker who has used the vocabulary.
  3. Use vocabulary in writing.
  4. Demonstrate reading comprehension skills by discussing subject matter and/or answering questions based on the passage read.

Outcome 3:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use grammatical structures beyond Intermediate French 1 in speaking and writing.


Students will review grammatical structures, including:

  1. Conjugate and use the present, the present perfect, the ‘plus-que-parfait,’ and the simple past tenses.
  2. Use interrogative words and pronouns.
  3. Use negation.
  4. Use direct and indirect pronouns, ‘y’ and ‘en,’ accentuated pronouns and the sequential order of pronouns.
  5. Identify the place of adjectives.
  6. Use adverbs.
  7. Use the comparative and superlative.
  8. Use the partitive article.
  9. Use the infinitive, subjunctive, and imperative.

Outcome 4:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to recognize and discuss aspects of French culture beyond Elementary French 2.


  1. Recognize and discuss some geographical, economical and cultural aspects of some French speaking countries and/or communities such as health systems, hospitals, hotels classification, and personal identifications.
  2. Examine media of French-speaking countries (literature, visual art, music and songs, and/or cinema).
  3. Compare cultural differences.

Outcome 5:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to critically discuss, in French, literary and/or journalistic works read in French.


  1. Convey desired message.
  2. Analyze the meaning of the work.
  3. Support ideas conveyed using examples from the work.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Introductory Chapter:

  1. Identity:
    1. Who are you?
    2. Describing family and friends
    3. Review of the French alphabet and accents

Chapter 1:

  1. Communicative goals
    1. Asking for information
    2. Explaining where something is located
  2. Grammar
    1. Present tense
    2. Negation
    3. The use of depuis
    4. Review of interrogative words and pronouns
    5. The difference between lequel and quel
  3. Culture
    1. Paris
    2. Paul Verlaine
    3. Sempé/Goscinny: Le petit Nicolas

Chapter 2:

  1. Communicative goals
    1. Find out what has happened
    2. Determine circumstances
  2. Grammar
    1. Verbs like ouvrir
    2. Forms of the passé composé
    3. Forms of the imparfait
    4. The juxtaposition of the two past tenses
    5. The plus-que-parfait
  3. Culture
    1. Canada and Québec
    2. Jacques Prévert
    3. Roch Carrier: “Grand-père n’avait peur de rien ni de personne”

Chapter 3:

  1. Communicative goals
    1. Taking a decision
    2. Convincing people
  2. Grammar
    1. Verbs like voir, envoyer, manquer
    2. Direct and indirect object pronouns
    3. The pronouns y and en
    4. The order of accentuated pronouns
  3. Culture
    1. Papeete and Tahiti
    2. Charles Baudelaire
    3. Roseline Lefèvre: “L a perle et l’océan indien”
    4. Victor Segalen: “La loi nouvelle”

Chapter 4:

  1. Communicative goals
    1. Describing people
    2. Ordering a meal
    3. Reading a menu
  2. Grammar
    1. Verbs like courir and recevoir
    2. The place of the adjective
    3. Adverbs
    4. The comparative
    5. The superlative
    6. The partitive article
  3. Culture
    1. Lyon and France
    2. Marie-Noëlle Toutain: “Ecoute-moi me taire”
    3. Nathalie Sarraute: “Le mercredi après-midi”

Chapter 5:

  1. Communicative goals
    1. Asking for opinions and advice
    2. Giving advice and making suggestions
  2. Grammar
    1. Verbs like falloir, valoir, pleuvoir
    2. The infinitive
    3. The present participle
    4. The imperative
    5. The subjunctive
  3. Culture
    1. Relationship between Le Maghreb and France
    2. Francis Bebey: “Je suis venu chercher du travail”
    3. Fernand Reynaud: “Je suis pas un imbécile”
    4. Fatima Gallaire: “Les co-épouses”

Primary Faculty
Rahmouni El Idrissi, Amine
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Pritchett, Marie

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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