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COURSE NAME: "Intermediate French II"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2023

INSTRUCTOR: Catherine De Montalembert
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 10:00 AM 11:15 AM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement or French 201(As of Fall 2022: Placement or FR 201 with a grade of C or above)
OFFICE HOURS: By appointment

A continuation of French 201. While continuing the review of grammar, the course emphasizes the development of reading and composition skills in the context of the French and francophone culture. Literary readings, newspaper articles, and films, are an essential component of this course.


The course is designed to review and study in-depth the following grammar points: verb tenses in the indicative and subjunctive moods, sequence of tenses, “if” clauses, the imperative, relative pronouns, passive and impersonal forms, indirect discourse, and the use of prepositions and conjunctions.  The course concentrates on consolidating specific communicative tasks, including stating opinions and constructing hypotheses, in both speaking and writing.  Specialized vocabulary is expanded and appropriate variables in register are introduced in expository writing and conversation.The student will aim to reach a level B2 of the European framework for languages.



Upon completing this course, students will possess the ability to:


-Understand written and spoken French at the upper intermediate level


-Participate in complex conversations on a variety of topics, using present, past, conditional, and future tenses


-Ask for and obtain information in a variety of settings


-Express opinions, feelings, needs, approval and disapproval


-Comprehend the general meaning and details of upper-intermediate level texts


-Produce written texts on a variety of topics, using present, past, conditional, and future


-Understand and use the subjunctive mood


-Express possibility and impossibility


-Make conjectures


Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberCommentsFormatLocal BookstoreOnline Purchase
Préparation à l'examen du DELF B2Caroline VeltcheffHachette9782011556035     

4 Tests 50%
Final Exam (written + oral) 30 %
Class Participation & Homework 20 %

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

Students are expected to come prepared to class and participate in all activities.  Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice.  Regular attendance is an essential component of class participation.  Students are allowed three unjustified absences.  The final grade will be lowered by 2 points for each additional absence.
Make sure that your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule.  Please refer to the university catalog for the attendance and absence policy.
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.


PROGRAM FR 202 FALL 2023       


Week 1                                                                                                              

Grammaire : General Review (les verbes)

Présentation générale du cours

Week 2                                                                                               

Culture Exemple d'art français : Exposition... (suivant le programme de Rome)

DELF Compréhension de l'oral p12-17

Week 3                                                                                        

Grammaire Discours direct/indirect

DELF Compréhension des écrits p18 - 23

            QUIZ 1        (compréhension écrite)                                                       

Week 4                                                                                             

Grammaire Les Pronoms (compléments, possessifs, sujets, toniques, démonstratifs...)

Culture Envoyé Spécial/ quotidien... : les programmes de TV française

DELF Compréhension des écrits p 24 – 27


Week 5                                                                                          

Grammaire Les Pronoms (2)

DELF Production écrite p 28 - 31

Week 6    

Grammaire: révision à la carte                                                                                 


QUIZ 2           (production écrite)

Week 7                                                                                       

Grammaire L'expression du passé (1)

Culture Un peu de poésie classique : Baudelaire, Verlaine etc...

DELF Production écritE p 32 - 39

Week 8                                                                                        

Grammaire L'expression du passé (2)

DELF Production orale p 40 - 49

Week 9                                                                                                

Grammaire L'expression du futur

Culture La littérature féminine française : L'amant de Duras, Sagan, Yourcenar...

DELF Synthèse + Compréhension de l'oral p 50 - 65

     QUIZ 3               

Week 10                                                                                        

Grammaire Discours rapporté

Culture Exemple d’un film typique français : Tanguy, Intouchables, le prénom.... au choix des étudiants

DELF Compréhension des écrits p 66 - 76


Week 11                                                                                                                  

Grammaire La comparaison/ superlatifs...

DELF Compréhension des écrits p 77 - 85


Week 12                                                                                         

Grammaire Le subjonctif

Culture L'humour français : Le petit journal, Bref, les humoristes du moment (Dubosc, Lemercier...)

DELF MOCK EXAM 1 p 114 - 124

  QUIZ 4                                                                                                      

Week 13                                                                                                   

Grammaire Révision générale

DELF MOCK EXAM 2 p 125 - 132

                                                                                                       Individual Final Oral Exam                                                                                                 

Week 14                                                                                               

Final Review


                                                                      FINAL EXAM