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French Course Descriptions

S A N T A M O N I C A   C O L L E G E   C A T A L O G   2 0 0 7 - 2 0 0 8

Additional hours to be arranged in the Modern Language Lab for French 1 and 2.

FRENCH 1, Elementary French I 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Foreign Language (required for UC only)
• Prerequisite: None.

This course introduces the students to basic vocabulary and fundamental sentence structures in the present and past. Pronunciation, grammar, and everyday vocabulary are stressed as indispensable tools for comprehension and expression. French customs, culture, and everyday life are also highlighted.

FRENCH 2, Elementary French II 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Foreign Language (required for UC only)
• Prerequisite: French 1*.

This course completes the basics of the language and includes simplified readings highlighting French customs, culture, and everyday life.

*The prerequisite for this course is comparable to two years of high school French.

FRENCH 3, Intermediate French I 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities)
• Prerequisite: French 2*.

This course reviews French grammar emphasizing idiomatic construction and expressions. Oral discussion and conversation are based on selected readings from contemporary French literature.

*The Prerequisite for this course is comparable to three years of high school French.

FRENCH 4, Intermediate French II 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities)
• Prerequisite: French 3*.

This course continues the review of functional French grammar with emphasis upon idiomatic construction and expressions. Oral discussion and conversation are based on selected readings from contemporary French literature.

*The prerequisite for this course is comparable to four years of high school French.

FRENCH 8, Conversational French (2,2) 2 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
• Prerequisite: French 2.

This course provides an opportunity to acquire intermediate fluency in spoken French with emphasis on natural, colloquial usage.

FRENCH 31A, Practical French (3,3) 3 units

Transfer: CSU
• Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed to develop effective communication skills. It emphasizes the use of set-up phrases, idiomatic expressions, correct pronunciation and intonation, development of useful vocabulary, and ability to communicate without hesitation in a given situation. This course does not fulfill the language requirement.

FRENCH 31S, Practical French 1 unit

Transfer: CSU
• Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed to develop effective communication skills. It emphasizes the use of set-up phrases, idiomatic expressions, correct pronunciation and intonation, development of useful vocabulary, and ability to communicate without hesitation in a given situation. This course does not fulfill the language requirement.