FRE 201: Intermediate French I - 3 Credits
Professor: Laura Franklin


The purpose of Intermediate French is to enable the student to become more proficient in speaking and understanding French in a greater variety of situations. The student continues to develop understanding, speaking, reading and writing skills.




A. Listening

The student will understand content referring to basic personal background and needs, social conventions and somewhat more complex situations, such as lodging, transportation, shopping, personal interests and activities, and a greater diversity of instructions and directions. In addition to face-to-face conversations, the student will be able to understand short routine telephone conversations and simple announcements and reports over the media.B. Speaking Given a basic communicative context, the student will be able to talk simply about self and family members, ask and answer questions, participate in simple conversations on topics beyond immediate needs, such as personal history, leisure time activities. Students' sentence length will be longer than in 101 and 102, but may contain long pauses. Pronunciation may continue to be strongly influenced by first language and fluency is lacking. The student can generally be understood by sympathetic listeners.C. Reading The student will be able to read making only minimal suppositions in areas of personal interest and/or knowledge. The student will be able to read straightforward descriptions of persons, places, and things written for a wide audience.D. Writing The student writes about personal preferences, daily routine, everyday events, and other topics grounded in personal experience. The student can express present time and at least one other time frame or aspect consistently.



Your course grade will be determined according to the following:
3 Exams 300 (100 each)
Discussion Forums 100
Supersite Work 20
Essays 20
Workbook 20
Group Project 20
Online Communication 20
Extra Credit 20
Online Tutoring or Language Exchange 20

You are encouraged to do all activities with the potential of earning a maximum of 500 points. You must complete everything that is listed above as required, but you have some flexibility on what to choose for your remaining points. Grade scale is as follows:
500-450 points = A
449-400 points = B
399-350 points = C
Important Note: Although it is mathematically possible to earn 400 points without doing the 20 point items, you must complete everything marked required. If you fail to complete a required category, up to twenty points will be subtracted from your final grade for each missing category.

I encourage you to take advantage of all opportunities above as the more time on task, the better your French will be. The language exchanges and online tutoring will really improve your ability to communicate in French, so do not miss out! Questions?




There are 3 exams in this course. You are expected to take your examinations at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers (Note: ELI exams are not given at the Medication Education Campus.) Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

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For information on taking exams outside of the metropolitan area, click here.


ELI Policies and Procedures

  This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course. If you have questions, call ELI at (703) 323-3347 or (800) 627-5443.

Contacting the Instructor


I am here to help you succeed in this course. Occasionally questions or problems may arise. Here is how to contact me when they do:

E-mail :
Telephone : (703) 845-6325


Beginning the Course


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