Elementary French 2 is a carefully sequenced and highly interactive presentation of French language and culture in a media-rich course environment. The latest update includes a self-paced version of the course with scored assessments for independent learners, and new video shot in France and Québec with young professional actors.
In the instructor-led course, you will have a weekly synchronous Zoom class (60-minutes) in which you will get the opportunity to practice your French speaking, grammar, and vocabulary skills with your peers. You will also receive weekly emails from your instructor with suggested pacing for moving through the lesson materials. Additionally, you will be able to email your instructor with any questions you may have about the course.
To successfully use this course, you should be a motivated adult student (aged 8 and up) with a sincere desire to learn about French language and francophone cultures, and be comfortable with computer technologies. Elementary French 2 is a great place for you if you are already comfortable speaking in the present tense, introducing yourself, describing your daily routine, and making plans. If you already have some awareness of the “passé composé”, that will help you to succeed in this course, which starts with the introduction of the “imparfait” (a French past tense).
To receive a Certificate of Completion in this course, you will need to score at least 70% on each of the the end of lesson assessments. To be awarded a Certificate with Distinction, you will need to score at least 90% on each of the end of lesson assessments. Attending the weekly course meetings and doing the auto-graded exercises throughout each lesson will help prepare you for success on the end of lesson assessments. The time commitment will typically range from seven to nine hours a week.
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You will be required to use videoconferencing software, such as Zoom, which you will be able to use for free with the link that your instructor provides you.
This course targets communicative competence in the following domains: My Family, My Neighborhood, My Future, The Body, My Regime, Young People and Stress, Vacations, Modes of Transport, A Virtual Trip, Political Opinions, Change, Ecology, Where to Live, Questions of Identity, Languages and Life.
Each lesson opens with a video dramatization that sets the context for the lesson. Parts of the video are then replayed in a variety of interactive activities and tutors. Each video in the course was written specifically to serve as the foundation for the lesson in which it is used. These high quality videos were produced with French actors on location in France (Nantes) and Quebec (Montreal) so the speech, movements and contexts are authentic.
The beginning of each lesson is always a set sequence, from simple recognition of language in a video dialogue, through explicit learning of grammar and pronunciation, to written and spoken production of variations on that language. After this ordered beginning, a number of activities are offered to the student in which the language learned is used in understanding new texts, sounds or videos or in creative production (conversation or writing).
If you still have questions about whether to sign up for French 1 or 2, you can contact Natalie Amgott (firstname.lastname@example.org).