Intermediate French II
How can you improve on the style and fluidity of the following pairs of French sentences? Could they be incorporated elegantly into one longer sentence?
« Mes fils aiment bien la viande. Cependant, ma fille préfère le poisson. »
« Sa mère vieillissait. Elle devenait plus faible aussi. »
While not incorrect, these simple sentences could easily be combined to render the same information in a more interesting and sophisticated way:
"Mes fils aiment bien la viande alors que ma fille préfère le poisson."
"A mesure que sa mère vieillissait, elle devenait plus faible."
French 2101 will show you many such ways of combining sentences using relatives, interrogatives or conjunctions while elaborating on the grammatical consequences of such changes.
French 2101 builds on the work done in French 2100. Students continue to analyse and practise complex sentence structures in their writing in order to enrich and broaden their means of expression in French. Composition work in this course normally focuses on descriptive writing, usually a portrait in words of a familiar person, and expository or argumentative writing. Selected grammatical topics of particular difficulty to English-speakers may also be covered, such as the use of the subjunctive in complex sentences, and the use of present and past participles as strategies to improve fluency and coherence in our writing. In addition, French 2101 continues the résumé work begun in 2100, introducing more complex articles to be summarized. The writing and re-writing strategies practised in this course may focus on the structural and stylistic revision of students’ writing, while maintaining an emphasis on error detection and correction.
To take French 2101, you will normally need to have completed French 2100.
Textbooks used in recent years include Grammaire française by Jacqueline Ollivier, and Écrivons by Chouffot and Whelan.
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%.
French 2101 is normally offered in the Winter Semester in St. John’s and in the Fall Semester as part of the Frecker Programme.