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French 2100

Intermediate French I

What's annoying about the first paragraph of the following job-application letter?

« Monsieur le Directeur, J'ai lu l'annonce apparue dans The Telegram du 21 septembre. Sears Canada recherche un directeur régional des ventes. Il faut de l'expérience dans le domaine des ventes. Je suis à la recherche d'un poste dans le domaine des ventes. J'ai l'honneur de poser ma candidature. »

If you don't initially find it annoying, read the paragraph out loud. Notice the short, choppy sentences? Hear the repetitions? In French 2100, you will learn to improve your writing style and fluency by using more complex sentence structures while also broadening your grammatical knowledge.

Course content

French 2100 builds on the basic oral and written work done in French 1500/1501/1502. Students are given the opportunity to write more extended compositions in French and to explore writing for different purposes ‹ usually letter writing of various types and short journalistic narrative pieces. Résumé writing ‹ the invaluable skill of capturing the essential message of a long written piece in a brief succinct "résumé" ‹ is discussed and practised. In addition, selected grammatical topics are covered, such as the passage from direct to indirect speech, the difference between active and passive voice, and the use of present and past participles as strategies to improve the fluency and coherence of our writing. Because French 2100 puts major emphasis on the process of writing, time is also spent discussing writing and re-writing strategies, with special emphasis on error-detection and correction. Students will also normally learn how to read and use a reliable French-English / English-French dictionary.

Prerequisite

To take French 2100, you will normally need to have completed French 1502. Core French students who enter Memorial with an advanced knowledge of French may be asked to take a placement test designed to confirm that their knowledge of basic French is good enough to predict a good chance of success in French 2100.

Textbooks

Textbooks used in recent years include Grammaire française by Jacqueline Ollivier, and Écrivons by Chouffot and Whelan.

Assessment

Term mark, assigned to a combination of compositions, résumés, tests and assignments, is usually given a weight of 70%, while a final oral interview counts for 10% and the final written examination 20%.

Frequency

French 2100 is normally offered in the Fall Semester both in St. John's and as part of the Frecker Programme.

Along with 2100

Students may register for French 2300 (Phonetics), 2601 or 2602 (introductory courses on reading techniques) and / or 2900 (Civilisation).

After 2100

Students who have successfully completed French 2100 are advised to continue with 2101. They may also register for French 2300 (Phonetics), 2601 or 2602 (introductory courses on reading techniques) and / or 2900 (Civilisation).

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