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

Summer 2005

FR s507 • FIRST-YEAR FRENCH II

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
84535 MTWTh
F
8:30 AM-11:30 AM
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
MEZ 2.126
MEZ 2.126

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 507 is Français Interactif (chapters 8-13), 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!

Texts

* Text, French 507 (Français Interactif) to be purchased at The University Co-op, 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, 1st Ed., 1995, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 0-19-864535-X, optional

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