Conversational French I – CFRE 101
CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020
An introductory course designed to develop practical conversational French skills. Intended for students whose first language is not French and/or have no previous French training and/or experience.
This course is being offered in order to provide more marketability and competitiveness to our students. After English, French is the primary language of international business and is often sought after in governmental agencies such as the CIA and FBI. It is spoken on five continents, in over 40 countries, and is the official language in more than 20. Africa has more countries than any other continent that speak French, most of which are Muslim; and Europe has several French speaking, primarily atheistic countries not very skilled in foreign language, making the French language a necessity in missions work.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Converse in French by applying practical vocabulary and simple syntax in order to communicate basic needs.
- Demonstrate comprehension of simple, practical sentences and questions in French.
- Communicate orally in French using clear diction, good pronunciation, and suitable intonation.
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the Latin American culture.
- Communicate correctly in writing by using practical vocabulary and basic grammatical concepts.
- Demonstrates understanding of second language acquisition in adults.
General Education Foundation Skill Learning Outcomes (FSLO): Civic and Global Engagement (CGE)
- CGE 1: Identify the main features of a worldview, assessing the cultural, political, economic, and industrial implications.
- CGE 2: Relate government and/or culture to various aspects of life.
- CGE 3: Apply the Christian principles and general practices for effectively engaging people from different social and/or cultural backgrounds.
- CGE 4: Describe the impact of a person’s global perspective on evangelism and crosscultural engagement.
- CGE 5: Relate the human experience within various civic and global structures to participation in the redemptive work of God.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.
Discussion Board Forums (3)
Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to participate in 3 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. Discussion Board Forum 2 will utilize YouTube and Video Everywhere. (MLO: A, C, D, E; FSLO: CGE: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5)
Rosetta Stone (4)
The student will work through Units 1–4 in Rosetta Stone. Each Rosetta Stone unit will have 5 lessons which the student will need to complete during the assigned module/week. Each unit will be graded as an average score from the core lessons and the milestone, all of which assess student achievement during that unit. (MLO: A, B, C, and D; FSLO: CIL 1)
The student will complete the Oral Assessment on a topic given by the instructor. (MLO: A, B, and C)
Rosetta Stone Live Tutoring Summaries/Reflections (2)
The student will complete 2 Live Tutoring sessions within the Rosetta Stone program. Once the session has been completed, the student will complete the Rosetta Stone Live Tutoring Summary/Reflection assignment, which must include a summary of the session, a reflection on his/her personal speaking abilities, and a plan for improvement. (MLO: A, B, and C; FSLO: CGE 1, 2, and 3; CIL 1, 2, and 3)
Final Oral Exam Appointment Set-Up
The student will schedule an appointment to complete a Liberty University Online Foreign Language Lab (LU OFLL) session to prepare for the Final Exam: Oral. The student will attach and submit email confirmation from the LU OFLL. (MLO: A; FSLO: CGE: 1, 2, and 3; CIL 1 and 2)
There will be 4 tests throughout the course that will address certain learned vocabulary and/or grammatical concepts. Specifically, the tests will assess reading, writing, and grammar skills. Each test will be open-book/open-notes and include multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and/or matching questions. All tests have a 30-minute time limit. (MLO: E)
The Final Exam will consist of 3 parts: the oral portion, the written portion, and the grammar portion.
The Oral Final Exam will require you to do two things. First, schedule a conference with an LU OFLL tutor and attempt to answer the questions given as a guideline without relying on notes or English. Make sure to set up your LU OFLL appointment well in advance. You can find the questions above under the attachment Oral Final Exam Instructions. Second, you will complete the exam by creating a video on YouTube as per the guidelines and submitting the link in the appropriate box for grading.
(MLO: A, B, C)
The student will complete a written portion of the Final Exam. The written portion will be open-book/open-notes; cumulative; contain 25 multiple choice, matching, true/false, and short-answer questions; and have a 45-minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)
The Grammar Exam: This will be completed through Blackboard. It will be open-book/open-notes; cumulative; contain 25 multiple choice, matching, true/false, and short-answer questions; and have a 45-minute time limit.