Introductory French I

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Mae Patterson

Course Director Name: N/A

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information:, 1-473-456-4208 Cellphone

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Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  By appointment 

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Course Lecturer(s) Office Location:  Building G

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Course Support:   Ms. Nichole Phillip, +1 473 444 4175, ext. 3823 

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

It is usually said that French is the Language of Love and of Lovers… but is that true? Are you planning to visit a Francophone country? Do you have friends, relatives or colleagues who speak French but you feel inadequate when you try to communicate with them? Would you like to navigate your way in the Language using “basic survival skills”? Are you fascinated by some aspects of the French Culture and would like to better understand it? Or maybe you simply want to fulfill a Foreign Language requirement for your Programme of study and you have not had any previous knowledge of the Language… If your answer to any ONE of the questions is “Yes” then FREN 101 is for YOU! This Course is designed to provide you with basic oral and written skills to function in real-life situations in a French-speaking Community or where you have to interact with Francophone speakers.

Course Objectives: 

  1. Listen and respond to simple, spoken French in a variety of contexts.
  2. Read simple continuous texts in French.
  3. Respond clearly and appropriately in French, both orally and in writing to stimuli in French.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of socio-cultural norms in Francophone countries.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify at least 2 areas/contexts/domains in which the French presence in Grenada has influenced Grenada’s linguistic landscape.
  2. Greet formally and informally, a French speaker; ask someone, in French, how her/his name is spelt; be able to spell one’s name in French.
  3. Use short, learned expressions appropriately, in specific seasons/occasions.
  4. Navigate one’s way, when talking to a Francophone speaker, about one’s profession, nationality, future plans and family relationships.
  5. Use numbers (1 -100) and the French Calendar to state one’s age, the date, the time; ask for and give a telephone number (cf. document: Carte des zones téléphoniques en France).
  6. Interpret weather patterns in French.
  7. Use appropriate French expressions to navigate one’s way in the streets of a Francophone country.

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

PO-1 Critically analyze global and regional issues.

PO-2  Effectively communicate information by extracting and constructing meanings through   analysis and critical thinking.

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 

Course Materials:

Text: Café Crème Book 1, KANEMAN-POUGATH et al, Hachette: Paris

Supplementary Readings/Resources:  

Websites : ;;  

YouTube videos

Course Grading Requirement:

Course work  (4 quizzes)



Mid-Term Examination 



Final Examination       












Course Requirements:

  1. Students are expected to attend all classes unless there is a valid excuse for absence. 
  2. Since this is a language course participation in activities, exercises and discussions is expected. 
  3. Students are expected to be prepared for class by completing homework and assigned readings. (iv) Students are expected to listen carefully to instructions given and to seek clarification from the  instructor if these instructions are not clear. (v) Respect for differing opinions is expected.

Course Schedule





Leçon zero: Period of sensitization using information that’s already familiar to students; brief introduction to French influence in their own experiences 

 Students listen to and look at (visual and audio) documents expressed in various languages and attempt to identify as many as possible, justifying their answers.

Students do some research on:  the French reality in the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia.

Some popular French icons and symbols

Link to Playlist (Saying Hello in different languages)

Saying Hello in Different Languages 



 The French Alphabet




Students are introduced to the French Alphabet and are asked to spell their first name, in French. They are introduced to the expressions:   Quel est ton prénom?/Comment ça s’écrit ?


(Alter Égo A1  Dossier 0 Leçon 1) On-line Games using the Alphabet

 Practice your French alphabet


Accents and symbols in French   

 Exercices de discrimination

(Activities that engage the learner to differentiate the various sounds produced by the various accents)

 French accents - part 1 (French Essentials Lesson 17)

French accents - part 2 (French Essentials Lesson 18) French accents - part 3 (French Essentials Lesson 19)


Greetings and Farewells (Formal and Informal)




Use of the CIEP (Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques) site

Students match pictures/short audio/video clips with expressions of  Greetings and Farewell. Students role play using new expressions

Apprendre à Saluer et à se présenter | En Français

Alter Ego 1 - Dossier 1  


Nationalities and professions « Salutations à la française »  

Students look at recording of TV 5 Presenter Meeting and Greeting various Guests on his programme.

Activities: Students identify the various ways the Presenter greets his guests and surmise on the differences.

Lecturer introduces the notion of “tu” / “vous”  and reviews the video with students.

Role play: Students role play a TV Presenter introducing various guests on the Programme.

Alter Ego 1 - Dossier 1

Dire sa nationalité en français


Présentations en français: se présenter et parler de son métier

Students look at recording of TV 5 Presenter Meeting and Greeting various Guests on his programme.

Activities: Students identify the various ways the Presenter greets his guests and surmise on the differences 

Talking about one’s plans for the future: 

En ce moment je suis … mais dans le futur  je voudrais être..


Review of work done so far!

 Game using the same letter of the alphabet to say who one is, what is one’s nationality and one’s profession;  Role play Greeting someone formally or informally, introducing oneself and talking about one’s plans for the future





 Home and Family:

L’arbre généalogique Numbers 1 -100

Students are introduced to the vocabulary that describes the various family relationships (cf Doc: Evolution of the French family)

The Modern French Family structure

Stating one’s age

Asking for and giving a telephone number à la française

Telephone zones in France


French numbers 1-100 (Learn French With Alexa) Apprendre à présenter sa famille | En Français donner l'age

French for Beginners: Lesson 7.3 - how to say your age - Learn & Speak French

French Telephone Numbers Part 1


 Days of the week and months of the year

 State one’s date of birth. 

Ask someone his date of birth.

Important dates in France

A French Calendar

The French Days of the Week (French Essentials Lesson 4) The French Months of the Year (French Essentials Lesson 5)




 Stating the Time

 Asking and giving the time using the 24-hour clock Interpreting  information on Monitors in a Train station/an airport in France 

 What Time Is It? - part 1 (French Essentials Lesson 15)



 The Weather

 The Weather: comparing weather patterns in France and in the Caribbean 

Asking about and describing the weather

Cultural Content: How the weather affects daily life: clothing, sporting activities, eating habits



 Quel temps fait il? - Alain Le Lait

 quel temps fait il


 Making an appointment

 Role- play Calling an office to make an appointment: using vocabulary/expressions previously learnt to successfully do this.

How to Make Phone Calls in French: Phrases and Etiquette Claude François "Le téléphone pleure" | Archive INA


Asking and giving  Directions on a street in France

Role-play: Greeting someone and asking him how to locate a specific street building/office


Final Exam 


Assessment Plan


Type of Quiz                                                                                     Weighting


 Quiz 1   Listening                                                                                   7.5% Content:   using letters in the French alphabet to spell ; differentiating the various sounds produced by some of the French accents discussed in class  


 Quiz 2  (Role Play)   Speaking                                                                 7.5% Content: Nationalities, Professions, Future Plans. In assigned Groups Students role play a scenario where the talk about themselves in French 


 Mid-Term Exam



 Quiz 3        Writing                                                                                      7.5%

Content: Info based on the family, time, the weather, days of the week months of the year to complete a simple Bio data in French; Students also complete simple questionnaires 


 Type of quiz                                                                                      Weighting 


Quiz 4            Reading                                                                             7.5%

Content will include topics and vocabulary previously discussed in Class. 


Mid-Term Examination

School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.