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French 102 - Elementary French II - Pierre Etienne

Course:Elementary French II
Professor:Pierre Etienne
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Professor Etienne in a café in Seville, Spain

Welcome to French 102! Congratulations on having survived French 101. You are now ready to discover the subtleties of French—and Japanese—haiku, the joys of the International Phonetic alphabet, the thrill of existentialism, the beauty of Francophone poetry, two cool movies, lots of music, useful French recipes, and some esoteric stuff like grammar and vocabulary. To quote Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground, it’s time to take a walk on the wild side.

And, oh, who am I? I'm a French and American-educated professor from La Rochelle, France with forty-three years of teaching experience at various colleges and universities in France, the U.S. and Puerto Rico. I believe that we need to open ourselves to the world and that learning other languages is the best step in that direction. I love teaching, music, literature, cinema, travelling, my wife, and my daughter, and even though English is not my native language, I am fond of the Oxford comma. I hate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Course Description

The goal of French 102 is to continue to prepare you to function in French on a basic level in culturally appropriate ways. You will continue to improve your competence in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing, and to expand your knowledge of the francophone world. You will refine your ability to pronounce French and to talk and write about yourself, your family, your interests, and your opinions as well as about past and future events. You will also learn how to make a proper vinaigrette and other essentials of French life. You will still not be ready to hold up your end of a conversation at a state dinner at the Elysée Palace (unless you are seated next to President Emmanuel Macron), but you will enjoy the Champagne.

As a bonus, you will attempt to answer the following questions: (1) Why do French people eat their pizza with a knife and fork? (2) Why you should never order a steak well done or medium in France. (3) Why most French people, including your professor, hate the series Emily in Paris.

What to Expect in this Course

You will be busy. You will be expected to put in a minimum of five hours per week working on French homework through Canvas and the Internet. That's in ADDITION to time spent in the classroom.  Beyond the readings and exercises in the textbook and the online lab, you will be assigned a wide variety of activities: short readings, poems, songs, YouTube videos, and films.

Types of Assessments

Exams and quizzes in-class and take-home. Short compositions, oral presentations and memorization of short poems.


Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Horizons (7th edition only) by Manley, Smith, McMinn-Reyna and Prévost. ISBN varies with each semester. ebook and/or hard copy plus access code for online lab. Wait for instructions before purchasing! If you were in one of my French 101 classes this past year, you already have what you need; the Mindtap access code is still valid.
Students will also need to purchase a copy of Albert Camus, The Stranger (English translation). This can be found online either for free (PDF) or for a few dollars.

Other Relevant Course Information

VERY IMPORTANT: You will need a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet with reliable access to the Internet and Canvas. This is a must! We believe in accessibility for all, and College of the Canyons has resources to help you meet this requirement. Let your professor know if you have any concerns/needs.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 11/08/2021 Sub#: 197