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

Spring 2009

FR 508K • ALTERNATE FIRST-YEAR FRENCH II

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35865 to 35870 Multiple Sections

Course Description

An accelerated review of material covered in French 506, followed by a study of new material covered in 507. This course is specifically for students who completed the equivalent of French 506 somewhere other than UT as well as students who completed two or more years of French in highschool. French 508K emphasizes listening, speaking, reading, and writing French. 508K uses the same curriculum as French 506 and 507: 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!

Only 1 of the following may be counted: FR: 604, 507, 508K.

Texts

Text, French 506 and 507 (Français Interactif), required.

First Year French website: Français Interactif (http://www.laits.utexas.edu/fi/): videos and web activities as well as recorded vocabulary lists, required.

Tex's French Grammar  (http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/): 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 text for home study.

Recommended dictionary:Oxford, Compact Oxford Hachette French Dictionary, 3rd Ed., Oxford University Press, ISBN: 0-19-861071-8, optional

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