French I

Course Detail

Grading Basis
Letter Grade
Course Components
Offering School
School of Humanities and Social Science


French 1 is an intensive foundational language course for students who have no prior knowledge of French but have successfully mastered another language. This beginners’ course provides intensive teaching in French listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The primary focus is to enable students to have basic conversational French speaking skills and the ability to write using correct grammar at the paragraph level. They will master reading short texts of different genres relevant to the translation profession. Students will also be able to practice listening comprehension. They will actively listen to standard French speech, dictations and appreciate French music. Together with this enhancement of language skills, students will develop a basic vocabulary bank of up to 1500 words and a strong command of grammar using the present tense. All aspects of this beginners’ course will be interspersed with the tools, techniques and skills needed for a career in translation and interpretation.