Elementary French IOpen Learning Initiative
What you'll learn on the course
Each lesson opens with a video dramatization that sets the context for the lesson. Parts of the video are then replayed in a variety of interactive activities and tutors. Each video in the course was written specifically to serve as the foundation for the lesson in which it is used. These high quality videos were produced with French actors on location in France (Nantes) and Quebec (Montreal) so the speech, movements and contexts are authentic.
The beginning of each lesson is always a set sequence, from simple recognition of language in a video dialogue, through explicit learning of grammar and pronunciation, to written and spoken production of variations on that language. After this ordered beginning, a number of activities are offered to the student in which the language learned is used in understanding new texts, sounds or videos or in creative production (conversation or writing). Lesson tests and final exams, generated from extensive question pools (portions of which are automatically graded), are available to students enrolled in instructor-led courses. The Learning Dashboard allows for at-a-glance evaluation by instructors of student progress based on each lesson’s learning objectives.
Estimated Time to Complete Course: 15 weeks. The course is divided into fifteen thematic lessons. Each lesson is designed to take one week to complete so working through an entire course will take the average student approximately fifteen weeks. Completing this course and Elementary French 2 will require two semesters or roughly thirty weeks at the university level. These courses have also been used successfully at the secondary level where they can be extended to cover two years or more.
Additional Software or Materials Required: Chat environment and videoconferencing software if the student is working with an instructor in a distance-learning situation.
Course Last Updated Date: August 2011
Changes in This Update Include: Addition of final exam using extensive question pools.