Instructor Info:
Name: BASCOU VALLARINO, SYLVIA
Office Telephone: (604) 822-4498
Email: sylvia.vallarino@ubc.ca
Taught Sections:
Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Section Comments
 FREN 111 108Lecture1 Mon Wed Fri14:0015:00

Intermediate French I

A course for non-specialists based on the A2 level of the European Framework and focused on the understanding and production of detached sentences and expressions related to everyday life (such as personal and familial information and ones immediate environment including home, community and workplace).

French grammatical structures such as the imperative, past tenses, negation and comparison will be studied with an interactive approach, stressing communicative competence.

This practice will include:

communicating in the context of the practical exchange of information on familiar topics;

understanding spoken messages;

reading short texts such as personal letters, ads, menus, schedules;

expressing practical ideas and opinions both orally and in writing.

Three hours a week will be devoted to providing students with communicational tools that help to deal with everyday situations that one might encounter in a French speaking region.

At the end of the semester, students will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment), to communicate about routine tasks requiring direct exchange of information on familiar matters, to describe aspects of their background, immediate environment and ordinary needs.

Lectures and class discussions are mostly conducted in French. If you are unsure whether this is the appropriate level of French course for you, click here

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 FREN 112 204Lecture2 Mon Wed Fri12:0013:00

Intermediate French II

A continuation of the A2 level work begun in FREN 111, focused on the understanding of detached sentences and expressions related to everyday life (such as personal and familial information, regular purchases, ones immediate environment including home, community and workplace).

French grammatical structures such as uses of pronouns, the future tense and hypothetical sentences will be studied with an interactive approach, stressing communicative competence.

This practice will include:

communicating in the context of the practical exchange of information on familiar and socially relevant topics.

understanding longer spoken messages,

reading short texts such as personal letters and newspaper articles,

expressing practical ideas and opinions both orally and in writing.

learning about diverse cultures of the French-speaking world.

Three hours a week will be devoted to providing students with useful tools for everyday situations they are likely to encounter in a French speaking region.

At the end of the semester, students will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance, to communicate in routine tasks requiring direct exchange of information on familiar matters, to describe aspects of their background, immediate environment and ordinary needs.

Lectures and class discussions are mostly conducted in French. If you are unsure whether this is the appropriate level of French course for you, click here

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 FREN 222 103Lecture1 Mon Wed Fri12:0013:00

French Language and Style I


In-depth grammatical analysis of the simple French sentence and its components, to enable students to understand the language better and to write it more clearly and idiomatically. Written work will include both structural exercises and short writing assignments.

 FREN 223 201Lecture2 Mon Wed Fri9:0010:00

Grammar, vocabulary, composition, language in context. Full course description: https://fhis.ubc.ca/course-description/fren223/

 FREN 224 102Lecture1 Mon Wed Fri11:0012:00

Upper Intermediate French I

FREN 224 is an upper intermediate language class that aims to refine the skills acquired in Intermediate French I and II or equivalent courses and to enhance students knowledge of French and the Francophone world.

The course uses an interactive approach to the review of French grammar, stressing communicative competence and is focused on:

the understanding of concrete or abstract topics in a complex text (oral or written);

the production of clear and detailed oral and written communication on a number of subjects (construction of arguments to defend ones opinion, explain ones viewpoint);

the ability to correct ones own mistakes (when speaking or writing);

vocabulary building, grammatical accuracy and socio-cultural competency using a wide variety of contemporary authentic documents (newspaper articles, videos, literary excerpts, blogs, music, etc.) of the French-Speaking world.

The FREN 224 syllabus follows the Common European Framework of Reference guidelines for the B2.1 level.

Three hours a week will be devoted to providing students with tools for interacting with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible without strain for either party. Students will be able to consolidate and expand their comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills in French while discussing socio-cultural contemporary topics.

Students will share ideas in collaborative small groups and whole class discussion, oral presentation, debates, or other assignments. French grammatical structures such as relative pronouns, the passive form, and the subjunctive, will be studied within a task-based approach.

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 FREN 346 201Lecture2 Mon Wed Fri10:0011:00

Communicative French for students preparing for a career in the francophone world. Full course description: https://fhis.ubc.ca/course-description/fren346/


Not available for credit toward a Minor, Major, or Honours degree in French. Language of instruction is French. This course is aligned with the B1 objectives of the CEFR.