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French 202 - Intermediate French II - Pierre Etienne

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


Professor Etienne at Chateaubriand

Bienvenue au Français 202! French 202, just like 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.

Most students who register for French 202 already know me, but just in case you don’t: I'm a French and American-educated professor from La Rochelle, France with forty-two 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—but I like Reese’s Cups.


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 and in French 201. 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 (mostly literary—short stories), 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. This is a 5-unit class. You will be expected to put in a minimum of five hours per week working on French through Zoom, Canvas, and the Internet. That is in ADDITION to time spent on homework. 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

In-class quizzes and exams, oral presentations, compositions.

Textbook Information

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. If you took French 201, you already have the text.)

Required supplementary readings: Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Le Petit Prince (French edition)
 and Mariama Bâ, Une si longue lettre (So Long a Letter) (French or English edition)

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

Other Relevant Course Information

I'll open the class Canvas site and send you the syllabus and other important information during the week preceding the first day of class. Please check your COC email on a regular basis.

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

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 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: 11/05/2021 Sub#: 1134