FRE-132: Elementary French II

Liberal Arts
Language Studies
World Languages
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Elementary French II
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
A grade of C or better in FRE-131 or in one year of high school French, or instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

Further builds reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in French, focusing on communication in a cultural context. Develops students' knowledge of vocabulary, pronunciation and grammatical principles in order to comprehend and express everyday ideas in both spoken and written French. Presents francophone culture.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement
FRE-132 is designed to enable students to reach the Novice High 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. Phonetics
  2. Present-tense verbs
  3. Past-tense verbs
  4. Commands
  5. Gender and number agreement
  6. Adverbs
  7. Prepositions
  8. Pronouns
  9. Comparative and superlative structures
  10. Narration
  11. Francophone culture
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of pronunciation of French words and phrases
  2. Demonstrate correct usage of present-tense regular and irregular -re verbs; regular and irregular reflexive verbs; savoir and connaître, and venir
  3. Recognize and produce passé composé (with both avoir and être) and imparfait, including regulars, irregulars, and reflexive verbs, as well as the passé recent
  4. Recognize and produce simple formal and informal commands
  5. Demonstrate correct usage of demonstrative adjectives with appropriate gender and number agreement
  6. Demonstrate correct usage of select adverbs
  7. Recognize and use select prepositions
  8. Interpret and demonstrate correct usage of direct and indirect object pronouns, double object pronouns, as well as y and en
  9. Compare and contrast using appropriate comparative and superlative structures
  10. Interpret and produce simple narratives in the past using appropriate time markers and present, passé composé, and imparfait verb forms
  11. Analyze aspects of francophone culture that differ from the U.S. norm, giving specific examples that illustrate such differences
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 and/or expressive-receptive exam(s)
  • 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
Effective Term
Fall 2019