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FRCH& 121 French I • 5 Cr.


Introduces basic speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students learn by listening and speaking as well as reading and writing with the help of a variety of web based materials.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Produce appropriate vocabulary in target language. Create and understand short descriptive sentences using the present tense.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of parts of speech (to show vocabulary recognition, to classify verbs, decline nouns, describe nouns, and identify cognates, show noun adjective and noun verb agreement).
  • Recognize meaning (use vocabulary in context, accurately translate on exams and quizzes and in class)
  • Demonstrate reading comprehension by answering comprehension questions orally and in writing after reading a passage in the target language, make educated guesses, by using cognates and context, about the meaning of a passage.
  • Demonstrate listening ability by answering comprehension questions in writing both in English and in the target language after listening to an oral presentation, or hearing oral questions
  • Demonstrate speaking ability in the target language by responding correctly during a prompted dialogue and creating original oral dialogues through role plays and monologues
  • Demonstrate writing ability in the target language by creating grammatically correct sentences, short descriptive paragraphs, short stories or short plays, and writing summary sentences from readings.
  • Use a dictionary and other tools for correct oral and written production of target language.
    • Specifically:
      • Define grammar concepts like:
        • What’s a definite/indefinite article?
        • What’s meant by gender?
        • When do we need a conjugated verb versus an infinitive
        • What’s a subject pronoun?
        • When do we use “tu” versus” “vous”
        • What’s an adjective?
  • Using the numbers from 0---60, the alphabet, give the day and date correctly
  • Agreeing the adjective correctly
  • Using classroom vocabulary
  • Using the regular “er” “ir” and “re” verbs
  • Negating verbs in the present tense
  • Using the verbs “être” “faire” and “avoir” with commonly associated idioms….( ex. “avoir peur” “faire attention”)
  • Use of the definite article after certain verbs and for identifcation
  • Using vocabulary to identify a few countries and nationalities
  • Using correct terminology for colors and clothing
  • Forming information questions
  • Using some prepositions especially “ à” “de” and their contractions
    • short grammatically correct sentences
    • short descriptive paragraphes
  • READ
    • authentic articles, stories, cultural notes,
    • present tense conjugating
  • Use the 4 major language acquisition skills:
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Speaking
    • Listening
  • apply learned structures to everyday situations
  • show knowledge of the variety of “go around it” process of fluency
  • languages aren’t direct translations of English
  • develop a tolerance for frustration, and will be able to take chances
  • practice skills which will allow successful students to move from the acquisitive/passive to the productive/active use of language
  • master the efficient use of materials



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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
Work: (425) 564-1000