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FREN 111 — Intensive Beginning Language and Culture

FREN 111 was taught by Professor Heather Edwards. Our class ran from 8:00am – 9:15am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. This course was essentially a French 1.5. We started the course with a basic understanding of French, but not quite enough for it to be equivalent to a French 2 class.

We used a Promenades textbook with an access code and workbook that went along with the text. Each day, we either reviewed old vocabulary or started a new chapter. For homework each day, we had pages to complete in our workbook. The workbook had a section with pages that we could do with help from the book, then a section where we had to listen to different recordings that went with our online access code in order to complete the pages. Typically once a week, we had a short vocabulary quiz, and after every couple of chapters, we had a test. Further, we completed three different writing activities and did one presentation about a French-speaking country. Needless to say, this course was well-planned with plenty of exciting and educational experiences.

(Madagascar Travel Brochure, Kyra Valovick, 3.10.2020)

This brochure was one of our writing assignments. We were tasked with creating a brochure to a French-speaking country or location, as if we were going to travel there with our family. Not only did we need to know traveling vocabulary, but we also had to understand how to write in the future tense.

I chose Madagascar for my location. The population there speaks French, in addition to their native tongue. It is a rather poor country, with their largest value of money equivalent to four US dollars. However, it is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful natural countries in the world. In my brochure, I had my family traveling to a baobab forest, a rock forest, astounding beaches with white sand and clear blue water, and a few different national forests that are home to many different kinds of lemurs.

When I began this course, I had not practiced any French since my last French class in middle school. I knew a few words, the alphabet, and how to count to 60. By the time I had completed this project, I had vastly grown my knowledge of French. There were a few words that I had to look in a dictionary for, namely scuba diving, lemurs, or other words that I had not learned; however, for the most part, I was able to complete the brochure without any assistance.

I believe this French class, French 111, has paved the way for me to expand my knowledge in speaking French. Summer of 2021, I plan to study abroad, probably in France, where I hope to take my second French course. French may not be quite as popular in the United States as Spanish, but that does not diminish its importance. I plan to become a high school teacher after graduating from Longwood University. In schooling systems around the United States, many kids enter the system speaking minimal to no English. Knowing another language could prove useful as I enter the workforce.