Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   French I: D

 Title Abbreviation:   FRENCH I: D

 Department:    FRCH&

 Course #:    121

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    160101

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

A proficiency-based course in French, which includes pronunciation, fundamentals of grammar, syntax, oral and written exercises, reading, and conversation. An appreciation for cultural aspects of France and other French-speaking countries is emphasized. Oral practice is required.


Prerequisite: Grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 097, or AESL 098, or appropriate test score.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU 151
U of W 101
WSU 101
WWU 101

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the French sound system/pronunciation and demonstrate some reading skills within the confines of early vocabulary.
  2. Sustain simple conversation within vocabulary limitations. Emphasis is on speaking, and some oral skills will begin to emerge with student use of short appropriate answers, showing comprehension of oral or written material.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the cultural differences among French speakers in different regions of France and/or French-speaking countries, as well as some of the ways that we can expect to enrich our own culture by recognizing creative and philosophical contributions of French-speaking people.
  4. Demonstrate a significant understanding of cultural traits of France and French-speaking countries of the world.
  5. Include the historical, social, and political influences on the cultural questions that s/he studies while acquiring language structures.
  6. Demonstrate that s/he has learned language structures and behaviors that are appropriate in social situations with native speakers as exercises in class, oral interviews, skits, as well as monologues and dialogues.
  7. Develop empathetic respect for multiple races, social classes, and varied backgrounds of people from cultures different from his/her own.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2018 and affects outlines for 2019 and later.


Definition: Interact with humans and the environment informed by an understanding of equity.

Course Contents

  1. Vocabulary: basic beginning words and expressions.
  2. Grammar: articles, gender and number of nouns, articles, gender agreement of adjectives, possessive adjectives, subject pronouns, stressed pronouns, regular present tense -er verb conjugations, irregular verbs: Ítre, avoir, avoir idioms, faire, vouloir, pouvoir, aller, aller + infinitive, venir, prendre, comprendre, apprendre, mettre, boire, il y a, likes and dislikes (aimer+infinitive), formal commands, other infinitive uses, interrogative and negative structures, demonstrative adjectives, prepositions.
  3. Culture: proper use of the formal and familiar you, the use of monsieur, madame, and mademoiselle, family life in France, relationships with friends, proper and expected ways of greeting, the work world.