Spring/Summer Course Guide

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French, Italian, and Spanish Placement Tests

If you are planning to take an elementary French, Italian, or Spanish class and you are a new student, freshman or transfer student, or you have not yet begun the elementary language sequence on the Ann Arbor campus, you must take the placement test in order to register for the correct course. You must register for the class into which you have been placed.

If you have registered for a class prior to taking the test, you will still be required to take the test in order to verify that you are in the appropriate level class.

If you have already taken French, Italian, or Spanish 101-232 on the Ann Arbor campus, or if you have already taken the placement test once, you are not eligible to take the test again. For questions regarding the LS&A language requirement, please see a general academic advisor or call POINT-10 (764-6810).

Courses in French (Division 371)

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Spring Half-Term, 1998 (May 5-June 23, 1998)

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100. Intensive Elementary French. No credit granted to those who have completed 101, 102, or 103. (8). (LR).

Introduction to French language and culture with emphasis on communication; the content-based approach integrates grammar with functional use. Students completing the course will speak in short spontaneous conversations involving everyday topics, understand the gist of one-way communications like radio and television, read for practical information, and write simple correspondence and compositions on familiar topics.
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101. Elementary French. Students with any prior study of French must take the Placement Test. Credit is not granted for more than two courses from French 101, 102, and 103. (4). (LR).

The sequence of French 101/102 presents the essential elements of French grammar, vocabulary, and culture which are needed in everyday life to understand French spoken at a moderate speed and to be understood by sympathetic native speakers. Vocabulary and structures are practiced in class primarily through communicative activities stressing listening and speaking. Authentic documents are used to develop reading skills and culture. Cultural awareness and listening skills are further developed through listening and video materials. Classes meet four hours per week in sections of 20-25 students. Daily homework assignments involve studying vocabulary and grammar, writing exercises or short compositions, and practice in listening comprehension. There are several quizzes and tests, as well as midterm and final examinations and speaking tests. Class participation is graded. Cost:3 WL:See statement above.
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102. Elementary French, Continued. French 101. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103. French 102 is NOT open to students who have begun instruction at the high school level. College or university transfer students who have received credit for one term are encouraged to enroll in French 103. (4). (LR).

See French 101. French 102 is NOT open to students who have begun instruction at the high school level. College or university transfer students who have received credit for one term are encouraged to enroll in French 103. It is STRONGLY suggested that transfer students see H. Neu for advice regarding placement in the appropriate course.
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231. Second-Year French. French 102 or 103; or assignment by placement test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 112 or 230. (4). (LR).

Students whose last French course was NOT at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor must take the placement test. The sequence French 231/232 is built upon the work done in French 101/102. It presents intensive and comprehensive grammar review, study of finer points of French grammar structure, and the reading of journalistic prose, short stories, and literary excerpts. Both courses include the use of French movies and video. The proficiency gained by the end of French 232 should enable students to express themselves in French on subjects of intellectual interest, to understand conversation on such topics. Classes meet four times per week in sections of 20-25 students. Since communicative skills are emphasized daily, regular attendance and active participation are essential. Homework consists of grammar study, writing exercises, and laboratory work, both audio and video. There are comprehensive course-wide tests as well as midterm and final examinations.
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232. Second-Year French, Continued. French 231; or assignment by placement test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 112 or 230. (4). (LR).

In French 232, students will continue learning and reviewing vocabulary and grammar from the second half of the book Ensuite. There will be short weekly readings (advertisements, literary excerpts, and short stories). Throughout the term, students will listen to French songs, see several videos (from French television) as well as two French movies. Classes meet four times per week in sections of 20-25 students. Since communicative skills are emphasized, daily, regular attendance and active participation are essential. In addition to the outside reading test, there will be three course-wide tests, a midterm, and a final examination.
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Summer Half-Term, 1998 (June 29-August 18, 1998)

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Elementary Language Courses
Students who intend to continue a language begun in high school must take the Placement Test to determine the language course in which they should enroll. French 102 is NOT open to students who have begun instruction in high school. It is strongly recommended that students who began French at another college or university also take the placement test. Students must check with the Course Coordinator for any exceptions to the Placement Test level.

101. Elementary French. Students with any prior study of French must take the Placement Test. Credit is not granted for more than two courses from French 101, 102, and 103. (4). (LR).
See French 101 (Spring Term).
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102. Elementary French, Continued. French 101. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103. French 102 is NOT open to students who have begun instruction at the high school level. College or university transfer students who have received credit for one term are encouraged to enroll in French 103. (4). (LR).
See French 102 (Spring Term).
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230. Intensive Second-Year French. French 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 112, 231, or 232. (8). (LR).
The course is designed to provide insight into the culture of French-speaking peoples; content-based themes develop cultural awareness and encourage students to formulate opinions on a variety of contemporary issues through reading, video, discussion, and writing. Classroom activities stress communication across the four skills with a strong oral/written component.
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231. Second-Year French. French 102 or 103; or assignment by placement test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 112 or 230. (4). (LR).
See French 231 (Spring Term).
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232. Second-Year French, Continued. French 231; or assignment by placement test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 112 or 230. (4). (LR).
See French 232 (Spring Term).
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Cultural and Literary Studies

274. French and Francophone Societies and Culture. French 232. (4). (HU). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.
Section 201 - Rebels Without a Cause: The Generation Gap in Francophone Africa.
Despite huge societal differences, many similarities exist between the problems American and African youth face in dealing with the "older generation." This course considers why such differences do little to alter this problem and how they aid to better understand the dynamic. (Bishop)
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Spring/Summer Term, 1998 (May 5-August 18, 1998)

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