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Course Description

Credit Units: 2
Lecturer: Mrs Dairo C. O. (B.A/M.A/PGDE), E-Mail ID:, College of Arts, Law, Administration and Management Sciences, Department of Linguistics and Language (French).

Learning Outcomes/Objectives:

GST 013/113 – Basic Communication in French I, is a first semester course in the first year French as general study offered by Legacy University in The Gambia. GST 013/ 113 class meets once or twice a week one hour or two hours at a time. The focus of this class will be on real-life language use, the integration of French and Francophone culture and language, and the acquisition of the four skills: reading, listening, writing, and speaking. During class time, students should expect to engage in individual, group and pair work, and to actively participate in class. Attendance, participation, and individual preparation outside of class are essential for success. Students must have at least 70% attendance in class to be allowed to sit for the examination(s). 

Teaching methods and syllabus are based on the introduction of students to principles of autonomous and self-directed learning and LSP methodologies. This module will contain LSP in various media and forms of presentation (oral: lectures; audio-visual: TV, video; ICT: Internet, CD-ROMs). Independent work (group and individual) .Exercises in task setting and fulfilling. 

Learning Objectives: 

This course introduces students to General French. It aims, firstly, at developing 

  • an ability to understand and communicate (read, write, speak and understand ) in elementary French in basic situations; Secondly, it aims at laying the foundation and developing 
  • personal learning skills and strategies in foreign language learning; 
  • use of different media for course related tasks (dictionaries, internet) 

Learning Outcomes 

At the end of the course, students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to use basic French structure and vocabulary, in particular 

  • understand and produce simple texts in French (postcards, basic compositions on self and environment); 
  • communicate in basic situations of communication; 
  • understand and answer simple questions; 
  • understand and respond to simple instructions. 

Course Content: 

To achieve the stated objectives above, this course shall be delivered as followings: Units 1, 2, 3 of Méthode de Français Panorama 1, will be the syllabus for Semester 1 Or Units 1, 2, 3, 4 of Version Originale 1 

Module 1-Oral Skills- Listening and spoken interaction + production Listening comprehension of based on the units Pronunciation, spelling in French, greetings, introducing yourself, stating nationality and profession, describing personality traits, asking yes/no questions, answering negatively, expressing ownership, talking about family, requesting, describing people and things, saying what you are going to do. 

Module 2- Reading Skills Consulting a dictionary, Applying reading strategies, reading for understanding 

Module 3- Writing Skills Short compositions on self and environment, writing short messages, post cards 

Module 4- Grammar and vocabulary Articles, genders, personal pronouns, être and avoir verbs, present tense, agreement of adjectives, question words, possessive adjectives, the imperative, place of adjectives, aller verb, prepositions of place, near future tense, numbers 

Method of Instruction 

o Lectures o Tutorials o Discussion groups 

o Guess lectures o Projects (case studies, poster presentation) o Reading of articles from relevant language journals 

Method of Course Assessment 

Evaluation will be done in accordance with the university policy. The lecturer will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following: 

Criteria Marks 

Individual/group task 10 

Class Tests 10 

Assignment/Project 10 

Examination 70 

Total Marks 100

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