Instructor Info:
Name: SIMPSON, ANNE
Office Telephone: (604) 822-5914
Email: anne.simpson@ubc.ca
Taught Sections:
Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Section Comments
 FREN 122 105Lecture1 Mon Wed Fri12:0013:00

Contemporary French Language and Literature I

Refinement of writing and reading, speaking and listening skills through diverse activities:

an interactive approach to the review of French grammar, stressing communicative competence;

an emphasis on ones opinion on different topics (work and studies, leisure activities, travel and news);

a study of contemporary literature and other authentic documents (newspapers, blogs, music, etc.) of the French-Speaking world;

an introduction to essay-writing in French.

The FREN 122 syllabus follows the Common European Framework of Reference guideline for B1.1 level.

Three hours a week will be devoted to providing students with tools for dealing with situations that they are likely to encounter in a French speaking region. Students will be able to understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar subjects in work, school and leisure activities; to produce a simple and cohesive text on familiar subjects or subjects of personal interest and to narrate an event or an experience.

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

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The website for this course is available through Canvas.

 FREN 123 203Lecture2 Mon Wed Fri11:0012:00

Contemporary French Language and Literature II

French 123 is a continuation of French 122: a refinement of reading, speaking and listening skills with additional emphasis on techniques of writing through diverse activities:

an interactive approach to the review of French grammar, stressing communicative competence;

an emphasis on expressing ones opinion on different topics (work and studies, literature, arts and news):

a practical application of strategies for essay-writing in French;

a study of contemporary literature and other authentic documents (newspapers, blogs, music, etc.) of the French-Speaking world.

The FREN 123 syllabus follows the Common European Framework of Reference guidelines for the B1.2 level.

Three hours a week will be devoted to providing students with tools for dealing with most situations that they would likely encounter in a French speaking region. Students will be able to produce structured and connected texts on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or related to documents read inside and outside of the classroom (literature, news and ); to describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes and ambitions; and to give reasons and explanations for opinions, plans and decisions.

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

 FREN 123 206Lecture2 Mon Wed Fri9:0010:00

Contemporary French Language and Literature II

French 123 is a continuation of French 122: a refinement of reading, speaking and listening skills with additional emphasis on techniques of writing through diverse activities:

an interactive approach to the review of French grammar, stressing communicative competence;

an emphasis on expressing ones opinion on different topics (work and studies, literature, arts and news):

a practical application of strategies for essay-writing in French;

a study of contemporary literature and other authentic documents (newspapers, blogs, music, etc.) of the French-Speaking world.

The FREN 123 syllabus follows the Common European Framework of Reference guidelines for the B1.2 level.

Three hours a week will be devoted to providing students with tools for dealing with most situations that they would likely encounter in a French speaking region. Students will be able to produce structured and connected texts on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or related to documents read inside and outside of the classroom (literature, news and ); to describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes and ambitions; and to give reasons and explanations for opinions, plans and decisions.

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

FullFREN 224 101Lecture1 Mon Wed Fri14:0015:00

Communicative proficiency at an autonomous level: vocabulary enrichment, pronunciation practice, grammatical analysis and development of efficient reading and writing techniques. This course is aligned with level B2 objectives of the CEFR. Full course description: https://fhis.ubc.ca/course-description/fren224/

 FREN 225 202Lecture2 Mon Wed Fri13:0014:00

Upper Intermediate French II

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 225 syllabus follows the Common European Framework of Reference guidelines for the B2.2 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 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.

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

 FREN 355 101Lecture1 Mon Fri Wed10:0011:00

Development of essay writing skills in French. Full course description: https://fhis.ubc.ca/course-description/fren355/