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College of Extended Learning

French Beginners Level 1

Photo: Chalkboard with English and French words

CCOM 2081

Comment vas-tu? Take the mystery out of our province’s other official language. This course helps you to develop your French language skills (listening, speaking, and strategies for reading and writing) by focusing on the use of vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and sentence construction.

Topics covered include:

  • Alphabet, accents, pronunciation, gender of nouns, definite and indefinite articles, plural of nouns, present tense of avoir and être.
  • Partitive article (du, de la), agreement of adjectives, il y a, forming questions.
  • Present tense of verb endings in -er, showing possession, to or at, present tense of aller, immediate future (present tense of aller + infinitive).
  • Question forms of verbs, negatives, use of de, possessive adjectives, present tense of dire, lire, partir and prendre.
  • Present tense of verbs ending in -ir, position of adjectives, use of de, feminine forms of adjectives, use of on, present tense of jeter.
  • Present tense of verbs ending in -re, irregular plural forms of nouns and adjectives, use of tout, the demonstrative adjective, voici and voilà, present tense of boire and faire.
  • Personal pronoun objects of verbs (conjunctives), the imperative, position of personal pronoun objects with the imperative, present tense of venir, voir, vouloir, immediate past (present tense of venir + de + infinitive).
  • Reflexive verbs, formation and position of adverbs, present tense of ouvrir and mettre.

The material covers a variety of everyday topics in a simple, concise manner. There will be plenty of examples and explanations to illustrate how the language works and to build confidence. Each lesson contains: clear grammar explanations, vocabulary lists, and reading material consisting of a story, dialogue or letter, questions for speaking practice, and oral/written exercises.

By the end of Level I, you will have gained some elementary vocabulary and be able to understand, ask and answer questions using simple sentences.

No materials are required.

Course details

Dates/Times: Mondays, Jan. 27 to April 20, 2020 (10 weeks - no class Feb. 17, March 2, or April 13)
Mondays, May 4 to June 15, 2020 (6 weeks - no class May 16)
Times: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: UNB Fredericton campus (campus map)
9 MacAulay Lane, Tilley Hall, Room 124
Course fee: $179 (No HST)
Instructor: Mark Temelini

Register for May 4-June 15, 2020

About the instructor

Mark Temelini has been mastering French for many years. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics and is an instructor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at UNB. He has extensive experience teaching post-secondary students of all ages. He has lived in Montreal for 20 years and his proficiency in French earned him a university scholarship in France. He enjoys helping students understand, succeed and have fun during class.

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