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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Summer 2007


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
85000 MTWTh
8:30 AM-11:30 AM
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
MEZ 2.112
MEZ 2.112

Course Description

French 506 is the first semester elementary French course at the University of Texas and assumes no previous knowledge of the language. Students who have taken two or more years of high school French should take 508K (Alternate First-Yr French II). 508K is an accelerated review of material in 506 followed by the second semester, French 507. French 506 is a four skills language class, i.e. it emphasizes listening, speaking, reading, and writing French.

The curriculum for 506 is Français Interactif, a unique first year French program developed at the University of Texas. With the latest hypermedia technology, Français Interactif helps students explore the French language and culture by following the lives of real UT students who participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. The UT students introduce their French host families, their French university, and their lives in France. 

In addition to following the exploits of these UT students, students also watch videos of native French speakers as well as scenes of day-to-day interactions (e.g., vendors in the market, waiters at a café, children getting ready to go to school, etc.) These video-based materials give Français Interactif an authenticity and immediacy lacking in most commerically produced textbooks. 

As its name implies, Français Interactif emphasizes interaction: student/teacher, student/student, student/computer, and even student/native-speaker. The goal of these materials is in its title: interaction in French!


* Course packet, French 506 (Français Interactif) to be purchased at University Duplicating Service in GSB, the Graduate School of Business, required

* First Year French website: Français Interactif  ( videos and web activities as well as recorded vocabulary lists, required

*   Tex's French Grammar  ( UT French Department's on-line grammar resource includes grammar explanations, interactive exercises, audio files, a verb conjugator, verb tutor, and an on-line French dictionary. Written copies of the grammar pages are included in the course packet for home study. Audio files and interactive exercises are only available on-line, required

*  Recommended dictionary: Oxford, Compact Oxford Hachette French Dictionary, 1st Ed., 1995, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 0-19-864535-X, optional


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