2018 French Conversation: Basic Course 4

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Second foreign language courses
Jean Francoise 
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Course description and aims

 The purpose of this course is to master the communication skills needed when traveling in France or for short stays in French speaking countries. While learning how to resolve common situations like making a reservation, asking for something to be done, expressing the willingness to do something, thanking someone, giving one's opinion, exchanging personal information, etc, students will progressively be introduced to useful vocabulary and grammar patterns and at the same time, to the reasons behind the French way of thinking and communicating. Thus, it can be considered as a sociocultural introduction to France through communication.
 For students willing to study in a French-speaking country for an extended period, this conversation course constitutes a preparation to the DELF A1 level diploma.
 Language used : Japanese and French (50%)

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will confidently
・manage short converstions in daily life situations
・understand written instructions
・ask for useful information
・state their opinions and preferences
・understand why French people interact in a certain way


Confidence in communication, interaction, awareness of cultural differences towards a better understanding, discoveries, studying abroad

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Each lesson introduces a new situation which will first be explained, then practiced through exercises. Students work in groups of two or more, using the conversation patterns of the textbook to master these new skills, then create new configurations of speech using skills gained from previous lessons. Prononciation will be thoroughly corrected to give students confidence that they will be understood and differences with Japanese and English ways of expression will be reviewed and explained to prevent misunderstandings.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Contents will be decided in accord with the students. Students will practice hearing by writing down the audio provided with the textbook without first looking at the textbook, then correct what they wrote by looking at the textbook. This will be repeated at least thrice a week, assuring an effortless memorization of new vocabulary and grammar patterns.


Taxi ! 1, Hachette, ISBN : 978-2-01-155508-3

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Internet will be used in class and students will be asked to do Internet searches.

Assessment criteria and methods

There will be no exams. Attendance 30%, work in class 70%.

Related courses

  • LAL.F231 : French Conversation: Basic Course 1
  • LAL.F232 : French Conversation: Basic Course 2
  • LAL.F233 : French Conversation: Basic Course 3
  • LAL.F204 : French: Basic Course 4
  • LAL.F334 : French: Intermediate Course 4

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