Advanced Intermediate French

Fall 2019
V. Rodic


Réseau: Communication, Intégration, Intersections2nd Edition, Pearson (Textbook, Student activities manual, and Answer key); Jean-Paul Sartre, Huis-clos, (Gallimard, 2000).   selected outside readings

Recommended: My French Lab access; Morton, English Grammar for Students of French

The program uses the second edition only. All of the required materials (textbook, student activities manual, answer key and MyFrenchLab) will be available in package form at the Cal Student Store. In most cases, purchasing a package turns out to be cheaper than buying the components separately. Oxford New French Dictionary is included in package.

ISBN for package:  9780134669281

ISBN for Huis clos:  9782070368075

Recommended: Morton, English Grammar for Students of French

Course Description:

This course is conducted entirely in French.  French 4 is an advanced intermediate language and culture class that aims to refine the skills acquired in French 3 or equivalent courses and to enhance students’ familiarity with French and Francophone literature. Emphasis is placed on the strengthening of oral and written expression in order to promote linguistic and cultural competences through an extensive grammar review and exploration of texts, visual and audio sources, multi-media, and other cultural artifacts.

Topics covered include immigration and multiculturalism, Francophone cultures, France’s relations with other countries, environmental sustainability, politics, arts, and film. Various genres and visual and written forms are covered, including short stories, plays, poems, and films, studied in their literary and cultural contexts (history, philosophy, music, art). Throughout the semester, students share ideas in collaborative small groups and whole class discussion, continue to work on independent projects using the Internet, and explore new formats for writing in French, including journalistic and creative writing activities, as well as visual and textual analysis in French.


For students with one of the following: a passing grade in French 3 at UC Berkeley; 4th-semester or 5th-quarter college French; a 4 or 5 on the AP French exam. Students who have lived in a French-speaking environment should take the French 102 Placement Exam and consult with Vesna Rodic, the Second Year Coordinator. For additional placement information please see Lower Division Placement Guidelines. See also French Enrollment FAQs.

Additional information:

Course not open to native or heritage speakers of French.  All sections are conducted entirely in French, with no more than 19 students per section.  Students who do not attend first five days of class are subject to Instructor Drop.  Please note: FINAL EXAM: WED. DEC 18, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Section times and locations in the Schedule of Classes