Elementary French, second semester

Spring 2013
S. Chavdarian


Chez nous: Branché sur le monde francophone, 4th edition; Chez nous: Branché sur le monde francophone, Student activities manual, 4th edition; Chez nous: Branché sur le monde francophone, Answer Key, 4th edition;

Ionesco “La Leçon”, “La Cantatrice Chauve”, OR “Rhinocéros”-specific play to be determined by the instructor the first week of classes. Do not purchase ahead of time.

Recommended: Morton, English Grammar for Students of French

Course Description:

Continuing development of students’ awareness of Francophone cultures, knowledge of fundamental structures of French, and their appropriate socio-linguistic application in both spoken and written communication. Class conducted entirely in French. Speaking ability is developed through oral exercises, individual and collaborative reports, class discussions and debates. Reading and writing are developed through both in-class and independent reading projects using the French Department Library, compositions and various written assignments. Students are introduced to French analytical writing through an exploration of various topics relating to contemporary French and Francophone societies. The course also includes the reading of authentic literature in the form of a modern play. The program integrates all aspects of foreign language study through a process-oriented approach in compliance with ACTFL‘s Oral Proficiency and the 5Cs of the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning for the 21st Century. Cultural competency is also reinforced through individual oral reports, class debates on issues affecting contemporary world societies, and the use of appropriate media resources including radio and television news, film clips, and cultural programs. Students will have the opportunity to do comparative studies on French and American cultures in terms of both personal and national identity. The class meets five days a week; it is conducted entirely in French, with no more than 20 students per section; plan on daily oral and written exercises.


French 1 at UC Berkeley or 1 semester (or 2 quarters) of college-level French at another university or 3 years of high school French or consent of the instructor.

For additional placement information please see Lower Division Placement Guidelines. See also French Placement FAQs.

Additional information:

Course not open to native or heritage speakers of French.  All sections are conducted entirely in French, with no more than 20 students per section. See the Schedule of Classes to obtain  the course control number (CCN) for your desired section.

Section times and locations in the Schedule of Classes