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FREN 1460 - Elementary French 1

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: None

(formerly FREN 1260)

This course is designed to introduce students to the French speaking world and French vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary to express personal meaning on basic topics. Students will engage in these activities within contextualized cultural settings. The vocabulary and grammatical structures are integrated into interactive and communicative activities that emphasize all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 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 basic oral language skills.


  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. Small talk (greetings, getting acquainted, information about origin and nationality)
    2. Courses, university and student life, leisure activities
    3. Describing people/personalities
    4. Describing feelings, likes, and dislikes
    5. Clothes and sizes, basic numbers
    6. Describing housing (rooms, apartments, houses)
    7. Time, seasons, dates, holidays
    8. Family relations
    9. Expressing possession
    10. Food, meals, eating habits

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

Objectives: Regarding topics such as social interactions, school and school life, people/personalities, feelings, clothing, numbers, housing, time, date, seasons, family relations, and food and dining:

  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 basic grammar structures in speaking and writing.


  1. Use articles (definite, indefinite, partitive) and nouns.
  2. Conjugate verbs in the present tense.
  3. Make affirmation and negation statements; ask questions.
  4. Use descriptive adjectives.
  5. Use the imperative tense.

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


  1. Recognize and discuss some basic geographical, economical and cultural aspects such as different forms of address, student life and housing, national holidays and celebrations, and francophone family life.
  2. Identify how and when to use the different forms of address (informal - formal).
  3. Compare cultural differences.

• 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
Preliminary Chapter:

  1. Greetings
  2. Numbers from 0-20
  3. French Alphabet
  4. Accents
  5. Pronunciation
  6. General Introductory Vocabulary

Chapter 1:

  1. Articles and Nouns: Identifying People and Things
  2. Plural Articles and Nouns: Expressing Quantity
  3. Verbs ending in -er
  4. Negation using ne…pas

Chapter 2:

  1. The Verb être
  2. Descriptive Adjectives
  3. Yes/No Questions
  4. The Prepositions à and de

Chapter 3:

  1. Verbs ending in -ir
  2. The Verb avoir
  3. Indefinite Articles in Negative Sentences
  4. Interrogative Expressions

Chapter 4:

  1. Possessive Adjectives
  2. The Verb aller: Talking about Plans and Destinations
  3. The Verb faire: Expressing Doing and Making
  4. Verbs Ending in -re: Expressing Actions

Chapter 5:

  1. The Verbs prendre and boire
  2. Partitive Articles
  3. The Imperative

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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