Registration Guide

Students:

This reference page was created to help you choose the appropriate French course for your level and experience.

Check the recommended prerequisites and then read the course summary and topics, to determine which course is right for you.

If you still have questions or concerns, please contact the French Department. (Catherine Pulling or 952-358-8493).

Fren 1100: Beginning French I (offered Fall and Summer I)
 

Prerequisite: This course is intended for students with no prior French language experience, or 2-3 years high school French.

Course Summary: This introductory level course focuses primarily on the present tense of regular and irregular verbs, and the passé composé.

Topics:

  • vocabulary: family, daily routine, abilities and desires, city life, house vocabulary, chores, and past activities and experiences.
  • verb tense(s): all regular and irregular present tense (including reflexive verbs), the futur proche, and the passé composé.

Deux Mondes textbook: Preliminary Chapters through Chapter 5

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Fren 1200: Beginning French II (offered Spring and Summer II)
 

Prerequisite: This course is intended for students who have successfully completed Fren 1100 (Beginning French I) or have completed 3-4 years of high school French within the last two years.

Course Summary: This beginning level course covers the imparfait, the future and conditional tenses and introduces the subjunctive. Combining the imparfait and passé composé to describe past events and situations is an important focus.

Topics:

  • vocabulary: childhood, food and restaurants, the environment, education and professions, travel, health and well-being, and technology.
  • verb tense(s): all regular and irregular passé composé and imperfect, future, conditional, and subjunctive.

Deux Mondes textbook: Chapter 6 through Chapter 12

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Fren 2100: Intermediate French I (offered Fall)
 

Prerequisite: This course is intended for students who have successfully completed Fren 1200 (Beginning French II) or have completed 4-5 years of high school French within the last two years.

Course Summary: This intermediate level course covers the present tense of reciprocal and reflexive verbs, contrasts the passé composé with the imparfait, and focuses on the plus-que-parfait. Other important grammar topics covered are negation, the formation of complex questions, and the use of pronouns, including y and en, as well as partitive articles.

Topics:

  • vocabulary: relationships and personality, urban problems and leisure activities, the media, social justice and politics, immigration and globalization.
  • verb tense(s) / mood(s): the present tense of all verb groups, including spelling changes, passé composé vs. the imparfait, the plus-que parfait.

Imaginez textbook: Chapter 1 through Chapter 5

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Fren 2200: Intermediate French II (offered Spring)
 

Prerequisite: This course is intended for students who have successfully completed Fren 2100 (Intermediate French I) or have completed 5-6 years of high school French within the last two years.

Course Summary: This intermediate level course focuses on the formation and use of the subjunctive, as well as the future, conditional, and more complex compound tenses such as the past conditional and future perfect in si clauses.

Topics:

  • vocabulary: generation gaps and family life, science and technology, traveling abroad, the workplace, the environment, and current events.
  • verb tense(s)/ mood(s): present subjunctive, future, conditional, future perfect, past conditional.

Imaginez textbook: Chapter 6 through Chapter 10

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