Basic French Courses
The College of Arts & Sciences requires students to complete either a 10 semester hour credit sequence (one year), or a 12 semester hour credit sequence (two years). All incoming students should be placed in language courses according to previous language study. Students with fewer than two years of high school language will be placed in the 1011 or 1001 level. Those who have studied French for two or more years will be placed in the 1002 level. It is possible to place out of the language requirement in French, Spanish and German by taking the placement exam in the Language Resource Center (Old Chem 612) and scoring above 500. An appointment is necessary during business hours. You will need a UC or other picture ID. Results are available immediately, and the student then submits these results to the appropriate Undergraduate Director, who confirms the waiver to the College of Arts and Sciences Arts.
The Department of Romance Languages offers two sequences in basic French:
Basic French 1001-1002: 5 credits each
The class meets five days per week. Instruction emphasizes oral and written communication in French through activities in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students must participate every day in class, since part of their evaluation is based on how they collaborate in French in small groups. The curriculum includes authentic aural, written and video input. Class is conducted in French. Attendance is required.
Extended Basic French 1011-1012-1013-1014: 3 credits each*
This is a two year sequence that meets three times per week. Instruction emphasizes oral and written communication in French through activities in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students must participate every day in class, since part of their evaluation is based on how they collaborate in French in small groups. The curriculum includes authentic aural, written and video input. Class is conducted in French. Students maintain a journal in which they react to class and video materials. Attendance is required.
French Composition and Conversation 2015-2016: 3 credits each
These courses serve as a gateway to the major. Curriculum includes vocabulary enrichment, process writing, conversation, grammar review, and reading. Prerequisite: French 1002, 1014, placement test, or permission of instructor. Attendance is required.
Should a basic level class be closed, nothing can be done until the first week of classes. The instructor does not make decisions about petitioning a class. All decisions are made by the coordinator. Students who wish to petition a closed class must follow these steps:
- Obtain a drop/add slip.
- Submit a completed drop/add slip to instructor.
- Attend class while a decision is being made.
- The instructor will submit the drop/add slip to the coordinator.
- The coordinator will determine if a student may enter a class.
- The instructor will return the drop/add slip if petition has been granted.
- The student will submit completed drop/add slip to One Stop if petition has been granted.
For more information about the Basic Language Program, please contact the Coordinator of Basic French.
* Note: The material covered in 1011 and 1012 is approximately the same as in 1001; 1013 and 1014 are equivalent to 1002. Please see the coordinators of basic language about the appropriateness of changing sequences.