French 203 @ FLCC – Course Outline (v.2)

French 203 @ FLCC is a free language course designed for students with previous experience with the French language. The course is designed with six Learning Modules, with specific learning outcomes (goals) for each Module. Mastery of each Learning Module is generally dependent upon content mastery of the previous Module, and content can be mixed and matched appropriately. All lessons and tools provided by LEAF are accessible under the Creative Commons license.

Course Objectives and Resources
Conversation and Composition I

French 203 encourages a deeper understanding of French literature, history, and culture. Students will prepare to engage socio-cultural issues relating to the people of France.

Module 1
“Concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills by …

  • Discussing current events relevant to their own lives.
  • Discussing current events relevant to France.
  • Utilizing the present tense and the verbs AVOIR and ÊTRE.

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate critical thinking and information management skills by …

  • Reading a cultural text, and expressing reactions and reflections in writing.
  • Investigating research and writing resources/services in preparation of a final creative project.

Module 2
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – William Faulkner

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills by …

  • Discussing past events and history relevant to their own lives.
  • Discussing past events and history relevant to France.
  • Utilizing regular and irregular verbs in the passé composé and imperfect past tenses.

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate critical thinking and information management skills by …

  • Reading a cultural text, and expressing reactions and reflections in writing.
  • Researching and selecting a topic in preparation of a final creative project.

Module 3
“Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.” – Andrew Carnegie

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills by …

  • Discussing future outlooks of their own homeland.
  • Discussing future outlooks relevant to France.
  • Utilizing the future tense and the conditional mood.

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate critical thinking and information management skills by …

  • Reading a cultural text, and expressing reactions and reflections in writing.
  • Conducting research and creating an MLA-formatted Bibliography in preparation of a final creative project.

Module 4
“We have to live life with a sense of urgency so not a minute is wasted.” – Les Brown

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills by …

  • Discussing definitive action plans relevant to their own lives.
  • Create definitive action plans relevant to France.
  • Utilizing context-appropriate imperatives.

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate critical thinking and information management skills by …

  • Reading a cultural text, and expressing reactions and reflections in writing.
  • Creating an MLA-formatted Annotated Bibliography in preparation of a final creative project.

Module 5
“Happiness in the present is only shattered by comparison with the past.” – Douglas Horton

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills by …

  • Discussing political, social, and economic equality and inequality in France.
  • Making comparisons of equality, inequality, and quantity in their own lives.

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate critical thinking and information management skills by …

  • Reading a cultural text, and expressing reactions and reflections in writing.
  • Extracting useful data from sources in preparation of a final creative project.

Module 6
“Damn the subjunctive. It brings all our writers to shame.” – Mark Twain

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills by …

  • Discussing personal opinions, plans, and desires.
  • Indicating the opinions, plans and desires of people in France.
  • Utilizing the present subjunctive mood.

Students will demonstrate context-appropriate critical thinking and information management skills by …

  • Reading a cultural text, and expressing reactions and reflections in writing.
  • Synthesizing data into a product for a final creative project.