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

Fall 2003

FR 507 • FIRST-YEAR FRENCH II

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32950 to 32970 Multiple Sections BAT 102
BAT 102

Course Description

French 507 is the second semester elementary French course at the University of Texas. French 507 is a four skills language class, i.e. it emphasizes listening, speaking, reading, and writing French. The curriculum for French 507 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 (e.g., a host mother giving a tour of her house, shopkeepers showing their merchandise, students talking about university life, 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!

Texts

Course packet, French 507 (Français Interactif) to be purchased at University Duplicating Service in GSB, the Graduate School of Business. First Year French website: Français Interactif (http://www.lamc.utexas.edu/fi/): videos and web activities as well as recorded vocabulary lists. Tex's French Grammar (http://www.lamc.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 course packet for home study. Audio files and interactive exercises are only available on-line. Recommended dictionary: Compact Oxford Hachette French/English Dictionary, 1st Ed., 1995, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 0-19-864535-X (available at Coop)

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