2020 French Seminar: Culture and Society 1

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Second foreign language courses
Mitsubori Koichiro 
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Course description and aims

 This course is designed for students who have completed French: intermediate course 4 or have an equivalent competence in French language. Emphasis will be placed on developing their reading and listening skills with a focus on the advanced French grammar and acquisition of vocabulary. The course will also facilitate students’ understanding of contemporary French and Francophone cultures, through various materials such as newspaper articles, essays, short stories and television news.
This course aims to help students develop their French language skills as well as understand French and Francophone cultures.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Increase their knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary.
2. Improve their reading and listening skills in French language.
3. Understand and appreciate French and Francophone cultures.


France, French language, intercultural understanding, fostering international awareness, communication skills

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Students are expected to read each unit in the textbook before coming to each lesson. The instructor explains the essential points of the unit with a focus on grammar and vocabulary, followed by a discussion on the topic of the day.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The course schedule will be determined through discussions held among students and the instructor. To be announced during the class.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


A la page -actualités françaises 2020, Asahi Press.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided in class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Activities in class: 100%

Related courses

  • LAL.F432 : French Seminar: Culture and Society 2
  • LAL.F433 : French Seminar: Culture and Society 3
  • LAL.F434 : French Seminar: Culture and Society 4
  • LAL.F361 : French Conversation: Advanced Course 1
  • LAH.A501 : Area Studies: Europe

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must have successfully completed French: intermediate course 2, 4 or have an equivalent competence in French language.

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