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RLFR 101
Introduction to French Language and Francophone Cultures Fall 2020
Division I

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This year-long course offers a complete introduction to the French language and is designed to help you become fully conversant in French by focusing on four fundamental language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Through daily practice, class activities, interactive discussion, listening exercises, written work, reading assignments, and active engagement with music, video, and film, you will quickly gain confidence and increasing facility with your abilities to speak and understand both spoken and written French. In addition, our study of grammar, vocabulary, and communication skills will be organized around an engaging and dynamic introduction to a variety of French-speaking cultures around the world, from France and Belgium, to Québec and Martinique, to Sénégal and Morocco. Conducted in French.
The Class: Format: lecture; Remote. This will be a remote course for all students, whether they are on campus or not. We will convene synchronously via web-conferencing multiple times per week, with an emphasis on speaking practice in small groups. There will also be opportunities for students to engage with online activities both during and between our synchronous sessions. Remote office hours will provide even more opportunities for follow-up, questions, and practice.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 2800
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, workbook exercises and compositions, chapter tests, midterms, and final exams
Prerequisites: none; for students who have never formally studied French; students who have previously studied French (in any formal course, at any level) must take the French Placement Test in late August or early September
Enrollment Preferences: all are welcome, but if over-enrolled, preference will be given to first-year and second-year students and those with compelling justification for admission
Unit Notes: RLFR 101-102 is a year-long course; credit granted only if both semesters (RLFR 101 and 102) are taken. Also: RLFR 101-102 students must normally take the French Winter Study Course, which may have a remote or independent study format in 2021.
Distributions: Division I

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