- African Virtual University
- A course in Distance Education
- Elementary French for beginners
- Using "French in Action" by Pierre Capretz
- by Professor Nicole
- The total number of weeks of instruction
will be 26, corresponding to the 26 chapters of Part one of the
workbook. There will be 3 sessions from October to May corresponding
to three mini-semesters, with 8 weeks in the first mini-semester
and 9 weeks in the second and the third.
- Students will follow the same routine
- 4 hours in class with local teachers/
moderators. Each class will be one hour long, with a total weekly
number of four contact hours.
- 2 hours live via Satellite with US
teacher/coordinator. Each week students will have a 2-hour class
with US instructor to assess the work of the week, and introduce
the following chapter. Students and teachers will be able to
ask questions directly to the US coordinator by phone.
Program for each week of the semester:
- Day 1 (= Mondays) Viewing of video with instructor.
- The video consists of :
- "Le télé-play"
= 15 minutes of movie based on dialogues between actors playing
the part of Mireille, Robert, their family and friends in an
authentic Parisian context.
- "The talking head" = 15 minutes
of instruction by Professor Capretz who introduces the new vocabulary
and grammatical points of the lesson.
- This is not a passive activity. Each
teacher presents the new chapter toggling with his/her finger
on the "play" and "pause" buttons of the
VCR, and stopping at the end of each sentence or paragraph depending
on the meaning of the passage. They ask their students to repeat
systematically what they hear. The purpose of this method is
to make students listen and repeat every piece of information
given in the lesson. The teacher pauses to make sure that his/her
students repeat all vocabulary or grammatical points newly introduced.
The material used here is only the video. However use of flash
cards prepared in advance by each teacher is recommended. (verbs/
pronouns/etc.) This being an oral method, please us the blackboard
- The transcript of each lesson is in
- Day 2: Working on material in workbook
with audio-tapes and teacher.
- In class: Using the workbook,
(or photocopied pages of it), students listen in class to the audio-tapes and write the answers in their individual workbook.
The moderator goes over every exercise, making sure that they
have been answered correctly. This is time for a reinforcement
of the grammar as it appears in the the different tables. The
exercises covered are "Assimilation
of the text" ,"Toward communication", " Self
- At home: Each student will then go home with his/her
tape listening and practicing until the next day.
- Day 3: Working on questions and answers about the text
(text book + workbook)
- Oral exercises based on "Mise en oeuvre")
+ "Mise en question" to
be found at the end of each chapter in the text book.
- Students will write a composition using
the exercise "Reinvention
of the story" in the workbook".
- Day 4: Activities
- Moderators will encourage free oral
de l'expression") and make
students practice their speaking and writing skills through a
series of role playing activities in groups (dialogues, skits
reading and writing skills"
- Students will also write a composition
- Day 5: live session via satellite with US coordinator
- Presentation of general questions concerning
phonetics, grammar, and culture, as well as answers to specific
students' questions. Students who wish to send their questions
ahead of time can do it via
- Students will take a weekly quiz every
Friday, and an examen will be given at the end of each session.
for the course
- For teachers and students
- The Text book:
The Capretz Method, French in Action, a beginning course in
language and Culture, Yale University Press
- 26 videos corresponding to each lesson of "French in Action"
- The workbook,
- 26 audio-tapes to accompany
- For teachers only
- (not required in this course)
- The Instructor Guide/Part1
- The Study Guide/Part1
| Hardware material
- VCR (magnétoscope)
- Audiocassette player (magnétophone)