French and Italian | Conversational Practice
F316 | 2509-2513 | Staff


This course focuses on the development of speaking and listening
skills in French. Students will learn to carry out a number of
communicative tasks, such as asking for information, expressing
opinions, giving advice, etc., while discussing a variety of topics,
such as personal history, every day activities, personal interests,
and current events. Other goals include helping students recognize
and use appropriate registers and styles of spoken French. The
course also aims to foster an understanding of France and French
society and some awareness of issues in other French-speaking
countries and regions. Materials will include film excerpts and news
broadcasts, audio samples of radio programs, and songs, some of
which students may access through the course web site. Since this is
a course in oral communication, participation and preparation are a
very important part of the final grade. The course grade is based on
the following: class participation, homework preparation, oral
presentations and debates, a midterm oral presentation project,
gradually graded listening comprehension exercises, and a final
examination in an interview format. There will also be non-graded
exercises in listening comprehension to be done during an
unsupervised weekly laboratory hour. Prerequisite: F250 or the
equivalent.