Introductory University French I
French 1500 is a credit course designed for beginners - although we recognise that very few students who register for this course are "true" beginners who have never done any French at all before coming to Memorial. It is a course which begins with the most basic vocabulary, grammar and constructions. Most students will find that they are already familiar with much of the material in this course. As far as verbal forms are concerned, for example, French 1500 involves no tense other than the present indicative. However, as the title of the course indicates, this is a university level French course. This means that students are expected to achieve and maintain a high level of accuracy in their French, in areas such as spelling (including accents), grammar, pronunciation, etc.
French 1500 is designed to help students develop their skills in the four basic areas of written comprehension, written expression, oral comprehension and oral expression. As well as revising and extending their command of verbal forms in the present tense (regular and irregular and including pronominal verbs), students study a variety of simple constructions and phrase forms, including interrogative (question) and imperative (command) forms as well as basic grammatical forms and concepts such as determiners (definite, indefinite and partitive articles, possessive, demonstrative and interrogative adjectives, etc), adverbs (form, derivation and position), adjectives and various pronouns and nouns. Vocabulary development focuses on areas such as daily life, university life, the family, pastimes and entertainment and travel.
There are no prerequisites for French 1500.
French 1500 will be offered in both Fall and Winter semesters and may be offered in Spring and/or Intersession and Summer session, according to the demand.
Students who have successfully completed French 1500 will be eligible to register for French 1501. Students planning to go on to complete courses in French at the second-year level and beyond should note that they will also need to complete French 1502.