Beginning Conversational French

Prepare for your next trip to France by mastering the basics of conversational French. This course will provide you with proper pronunciation of French words that you'll use in your travels as well as cultural tips including appropriate gestures and body language.
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6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting  August 18, 2021
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Course code: bcf

Proper pronunciation is important to good communication. Beginning Conversational French will help you master the best pronunciations. Simply click on each word to hear it spoken. Every word and sentence is also written out phonetically.

This course has been carefully crafted to ensure you will have no trouble pronouncing French words correctly. The first three lessons introduce the basics needed for most conversations in French, such as "please" and "thank you." You will also learn numbers, days of the week, months of the year, and telling time.

The entire course is structured in this logical, systematic method. After the introduction and basic conversation lessons, you will learn what to say at the airport. From the airport, you need to get to your hotel, so you will learn how to talk about transportation. The following lesson shows you how to talk to hotel employees. After you have settled into your hotel, you will probably be hungry, so the course also covers how to communicate in restaurants.

Each lesson also includes cultural tips. Hand and body gestures mean different things in different cultures. For example, do you know the proper way to point to avoid offending people in France? This course will tell you. You will be pleased with your quick progress, and you will be prepared for your next trip!

What you will learn

  • Learn practical, common phrases that will make your trips to the many French-speaking regions of the world more pleasant
  • Learn dialogue specific to various settings
  • Discover the best pronunciations of French words and phrases
  • Learn cultural tips such as hand and body gestures that may mean different things in different cultures

How you will benefit

  • Learn how to communicate easily and comfortable with those who speak French
  • Master the best pronunciations by simply clicking on a word to hear it spoken
  • Travel with more confidence as you learn how to effectively speak and understand French

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-led or self-paced online course
  • 6 Weeks or 3 Months access
  • 24 course hours

In this first lesson, you will learn the basics of pronunciation. Good pronunciation will help you communicate with native speakers. First, you will learn how to pronounce vowels. French uses the same alphabet as English, and the vowels are the same. This lesson wraps up with consonants, stressing syllables, and linking words together.

In your second lesson, you will use all that pronunciation in real sentences. You will start with some basic information and a few rules. This lesson will move to common words and some easy sentences. Finally, you will try out these new skills to talk about weather and basic numbers.

Time is important to travelers, so this lesson focuses on numbers. Prior to diving in, you will review reviewing what you learned. After, you will learn how to pronoun the teens, twenties, then hundreds, thousands, and beyond. You will also learn the days and months. Calendars are a little different in France, and you will need to read them.

Welcome to France! In this lesson, you will learn all about transportation. You will start out at the airport. Then you will learn words about taxis, buses, trains, and the subway.

This lesson discusses hotel language.

This lesson covers food. First, you will learn about different types of French restaurants. Then you will learn general vocabulary about food and eating out. You will also learn words for various beverages.

In the seventh lesson, you will learn about currency and different types of communication. First, you will learn about money in France. Then you will move on to telephones, the mail, and technology.

This lesson will teach you how to talk about shopping in French. First, you will learn words that are used in all stores and about souvenirs. Next, you will learn words for clothing, including names for colors and different types of stores.

In Lesson 9, you're going to learn French for different forms of entertainment starting with the radio. This lesson will also teach you how to talk about television and movies, sports and beaches, and circus and fairs. Finally, you will learn about zoos and amusement parks.

This lesson continues the conversation about entertainment. You will learn about cultural spots like museums, castles, and cathedrals. France is famous for its castles. Next, you will learn how to talk about the theater. You will learn words for plays, musicals, operas, and concerts.

This lesson is about communicating during emergencies. Hopefully, you won't need to use this lesson, but life is unpredictable. It's helpful to familiarize yourself with these words and French phrases. You will learn exclamations, as well as a few French proverbs and idioms.

The final lesson is a review. First, you will review a few key points, such as pronunciation and linking words. Then, you will practice making your own simple sentences. All you will need to do is plug in the word you need. Next, you will learn how to ask questions, and simple sentence structure. Finally, you will learn some fun slang.

Sara Hardin is an educator with a focus on special education and language studies. She has taught special education at the elementary level for over a decade. Sara holds a BA in French, and lived in France to study at the university level. In 2000, she earned her master's degree in special education.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • You must have working speakers or headphones.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.

Instructor-Led: Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have 3 month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.

Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within the allotted access period.

Instructor-Led: The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.