French 1

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSGA1GS1014

Semester and Year Offered: Monsoon semester, BA first year

Course Coordinator and Team: Shubhra Gupta

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Pre-requisites: None

Course Objectives/Description:

This course aims at introducing students to the basics of the French language. Taking a communication-based and task-based approach to teaching French, the course will cover the four basic language skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing. There will be greater focus on the first three of these skills as the objective is for students to be able to identify French when they see it or hear it and to be able to make themselves understood even if they are unable to form long sentences. It is anticipated that by the end of the course, the students will have a foundation of grammar and vocabulary to build upon in the subsequent courses.

Course Outcomes:

By the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to give basic information about themselves and their friends and family, understand familiar words when spoken clearly and slowly and recognise names and simple sentences in documents like posters or notices. The students will also have acquired the ability to fill in forms and write simple sentences about themselves. As per the language levels defined by the Common European Framework of References for Languages, the students will fall under the category of A1 students. One of the objectives of the course is also to introduce students to French and Francophone culture.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

There is a textbook prescribed for the course that provides a reference for the students related to the progression of the course. There is also a workbook containing exercises based on the various chapters of the textbook for students to practice what they have learnt. The book follows the guidelines of the A1 level and is divided into 9 units of 3 lessons each. This course will cover 4 units of the book, thus completing 12 lessons. In class, the book will be supplemented with documents taken from other books designed specifically for language learners as well as other authentic documents, videos and songs from the internet.

Assessment Details with weights:

  1. Class participation and attendance - 10%
  2. Class tests/worksheets - 30%
  3. Presentation - 20%
  4. Oral exam - 10%
  5. End semester exam - 30%

Reading List

  1. Hugot, Catherine et al.,Alter Ego + 1 : méthode de français : A1, Paris :Hachette,2012
  2. Cocton, Marie-Noëlle et al.,Saison 1, Les éditions Didier, 2015
  3. Denyer, Monique et al.,Version originale 1, Editions Maison de Langues,2009
  4. Grégoire, Maïa, Grammaire progressive du français – niveau débutant,Cléinternational, 2010