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French 201 - Intermediate French I - Pierre Etienne

Course:Intermediate French I
Professor:Pierre Etienne
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Professor Etienne at a hotel in Dallas

Bienvenue au Français 201! French 201 is a critically important transitional course in your study of the French language. By the time you reach this level, your goal is not to simply meet requirements but to learn and eventually master French. If you have made it this far, you are on the right track. So, Félicitations!  To borrow a line from a great song by the Velvet Underground, let’s take a walk on the wild side.

Course Description

This class will offer you a comprehensive review and deepened understanding of the grammar and vocabulary you learned in your first year of the language. It will also introduce you to more advanced concepts such as the subjunctive and literary French. It will give you a chance to perfect your French by using it actively and frequently by means of a wide variety of activities that go way beyond grammar review: readings (literary and everyday texts), compositions, discussions, oral presentations, films, songs, and video from the Internet. It will also continue presenting important cultural elements (history, daily life, food, music, literature, etc.) of France and the other regions of the francophone (French-speaking) world.

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 in ADDITION to time spent in class. As you already know, serious language learning is not unlike excellence in sports or the playing of a musical instrument: No effort, no gain. But there is no pain, just pleasure. In addition to work in the textbook, you will be assigned a wide variety of activities: compositions, short readings, oral presentations, poems, songs, YouTube videos, Yabla videos, and films.

Types of Assessments

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

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Required textbook: Interaction: Langue et Culture. Student text. 8thth edition. By Susan and Ronald St. Onge. (This text is not in the bookstore. You can buy a very cheap edition online.)

Required supplementary reading: Muriel Barbery, L’élégance du hérisson (The Elegance of the Hedgehog). Please purchase the English-language edition. I will give you passages in French.

Required audio-visual: a class subscription to an online platform: Yabla/French (Free!)

Other Relevant Course Information

You will need reliable access to the Internet and Canvas via a desktop or laptop computer or pad.

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:

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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.


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Last updated: 06/04/2021 Sub#: 199