RCLANG 290 - Intensive French II
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
Lang Req
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in FRENCH 230, 231, or 232.
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Lang Req:
This course is part of the Language Requirement sequence.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The goal of this course, which covers in one term the equivalent of a second year non-intensive college course, is to bring students to a level of proficiency defined as the ability to communicate with some ease, if not perfectly, with a native speaker of French, in spoken and written language, and to understand the general meaning and most details of a French text, written or spoken (lecture) of a non-technical nature and of general interest. Students will also gain knowledge and understanding of French and Francophone cultures. The lecture component of the course is devoted to a thorough review and an expansion of grammatical concepts and to the development of reading and listening skills. Exposure to primary source materials and to texts of cultural and literary value develops reading ability and vocabulary. Listening skills are trained in informal conversational exchanges and in lectures on French contemporary issues. The discussion sections, which meet in small groups, emphasize the development of speaking skills through extensive practice in analyzing and discussing current topics pertaining to contemporary France and the French-speaking world. Writing skills are refined through composition assignments that provide students the opportunity to improve the accuracy and fluidity of their written work. This course includes individual diagnosis of each student’s pronunciation with a personalized prescription for exercises. Using the platform TalkAbroad, students converse online with partners from the French-speaking world throughout the term; there is a $25 laboratory fee to cover the cost of the service.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required both in the lectures and in the discussions. Students must attend co-curricular activities at least three times a week, more if judged necessary. In order to receive full credits, students must pass the French Proficiency Exam which tests the four skills: writing, speaking, reading, and listening.

Intended Audience:

RCLANG 290 is open to all U-M students, but priority is given to RC students.

Class Format:

The course meets two hours a day, four days a week. The lecture component focuses on reviewing and expanding grammatical concepts. The discussion is devoted to developing speaking skills and gaining knowledge and understanding of cultures from France and the French-speaking world.

RCLANG 290 - Intensive French II
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MTuThF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
002 (DIS)
MTuThF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
MTuThF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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ISBN: 9781305390980
Controverses, Author: Larbi Oukada, Dider Bertrand, Janet solberg, Publisher: Cengage Learning 3RD 2016
ISBN: 9780071828987
French grammar, Author: Mary E. Coffman Crocker., Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The Sixth edit 2014
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