FRE-131: Elementary French I

Liberal Arts
Language Studies
World Languages
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Elementary French I
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ENG-094/ENG-095E eligible or instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in French within communicative contexts. Covers the elementary pronunciation and grammatical principles necessary for comprehending and expressing simple ideas in both spoken and written French. Presents francophone culture.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

FRE-131 is designed to enable students to reach the Novice Mid level on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale, focusing on language learning through communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.

Core Course Topics
  1. Greetings, introductions, and farewells
  2. Pronunciation
  3. Alphabet
  4. Numbers
  5. Present-tense verbs
  6. Future
  7. Gender and number agreement
  8. Affirmation and negation
  9. Interrogatives
  10. Vocabulary
  11. Francophone culture
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Use appropriate greetings, introductions, and farewells
  2. Demonstrate beginning knowledge of pronunciation of French words
  3. Demonstrate verbal and written knowledge of the French alphabet
  4. Recognize and produce numbers, dates, and times
  5. Demonstrate correct usage of present-tense indicative verb forms: regular and spelling change -er verbs; regular and irregular -ir verbs; avoir, être, aller, prendre, boire, and faire
  6. Express the futur proche both orally and in writing using the aller + infinitive structure
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of gender and number agreement of nouns, articles, descriptive possessive adjectives, and subject and direct object pronouns
  8. Create simple affirmative and negative statements using appropriate word order
  9. Develop and respond to interrogative questions relating to chapter/unit themes using appropriate word order
  10. Write about, speak about, and interpret situations similar to those presented in each chapter/unit of the textbook
  11. Compare and contrast elements of francophone culture that differ from the U.S. norm
General Information

Note: A grade of C- is not transferable and is not accepted by some programs at HFC.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement will be identified and implemented by the class instructor. Methods will include, but not be limited to:

  • Participation
  • Weekly/regular quizzes
  • Homework assignments
  • Chapter/unit tests
  • Oral/receptive-expressive exam(s)
  • Departmental writing assessment
  • Midterm/final exam

All sections of this level will use a textbook (and any accompanying materials) selected by the course coordinator and approved by the World Languages Committee.


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Summer 2023
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Summer 2023