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For questions about French courses at PCC contact:
Stephanie Whitney, swhitney@pcc.edu
(503) 977-8008


French at PCC:

PCC offers a two-year program in French, as well as a variety of special interest classes such as French Conversation, French Cinema, and Introduction to Literature.  All French classes offered at PCC Sylvania are based on the following model:
    · All French courses emphasize oral proficiency and help students gain conversational skills that will enable them to communicate with native speakers and to survive in Francophone countries. 
    · All courses are conducted in French. 
    · A relaxed environment for learning and practicing French is provided through a variety of oral activities. 
    · Writing, reading, listening comprehension and culture are fully integrated at every level. 
    · Free French tutors are available to students enrolled in the program to provide individualized help and oral practice. 

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How French can help fulfull your degree requirements:

· All French courses taught at PCC transfer to four-year institutions.
· First year level French courses meet part of the Arts and Letters requirement for the AA degree, and completion of second year level courses meet the two-year language requirement for a BA.

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Why Study French?

Although many would argue that French is one of the most beautiful (and romantic!) languages there is, there are also many practical reasons why you should consider studying French as a second language; for example, did you know that French is the 1st or 2nd language in more than 40 countries and is spoken by 125 million people around the world, on every continent?  For more reasons why French is a great choice, check out one of the following articles:

 French - The Most Practical Foreign Language

See how French can help you in many career fields, including business, high-tech, travel and tourism, government and legal professions, among others.  Visit one of the following career websites, and enter "French" in the keyword search, and see what you come up with!

Excite:  Careers
Careercity
Yahoo:  Classifieds

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This year's schedule of French classes (at Sylvania campus):
 

 Click here for this year's schedule (subject to change)


  Placement Questions/Concerns:
Question:
Answer:
I'm a native speaker, can I take French at PCC to earn language credit?                                                                   
Because our classes are designed for first and second year students, we do not allow native speakers to take classes in their own language unless there are extenuating circumstances (i.e.:  they have lived in the US so long they are forgetting their French, they are a heritage speaker that does not know the grammar, etc) which must be evaluated by the head of the French department prior to enrolling.  Please contact Stephanie Whitney-Bradley (503) 977-8008, swhitney@pcc.edu, CT 219 cubicle #5.
I've had 2-3 years of High School French but it was more than 2 years ago or I didn't do well in the class or it was taught entirely in English.  Can I still take FR 101?
Normally yes, but if it is determined by the instructor that you are too advanced for the class during the first week of class you may be asked to switch to another class.  If you are unsure of your placement, please see the instructor before the term begins or at the very beginning of the term to determine the appropriate course level for you.  You are encouraged to complete a placement interview as well.
I've had 3 years of High School French recently and did well, but I want an easy A.  Can I take FR 101?
No.  FR 101 is for beginners or students having completed less than 2 years at the HS level.  Students who are deemed to advanced for the class will be asked to switch to FR 102 or FR 151.  Please note that FR 151 is offered in the fall, whereas FR 102 is only offered in the winter. If you are unsure of your placement, please see the instructor before the term begins or at the very beginning of the term to determine the appropriate course level for you.  You are encouraged to complete a placement interview as well.
I've done some studying with a private tutor or taking non-credit classes or using a program such as Rosetta Stone.  How do I know what class to take?
Most often, unless you lived abroad or took college classes for credit, you will need to start with a FR 101 course.  If you are unsure of your placement, please see the instructor before the term begins or at the very beginning of the term to determine the appropriate course level for you.  You are encouraged to complete a placement interview as well.
I'm on the waitlist for a class.  What should I do?
Show up the first week of classes and the instructor will try to accommodate as many students as possible up to 35-37 (at the instructor's discretion).  Please note that students who are enrolled but who do not show up the first day may be replaced by a student on the waitlist, and oftentimes students are signed up for the wrong level class so openings often occur the first week.
I have to miss the first class but do not want to be dropped.  What should I do?
Inform the instructor prior to the first class, otherwise you may be dropped from the class.  Please note that you will be counted absent.
I have a question that is not listed on this page.  What should I do?
Please contact your instructor prior to the first class if possible or at the beginning of the first week of classes to consult with them, or you may contact the head of the French Department:  Stephanie Whitney-Bradley, 503-977-8008, swhitney@pcc.edu, CT 219 cubicle #5.
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Placement Interviews:

Students unsure of placement can:  review the course content outcome guides for the course in question, send in answers to the interview questions for the course in question via email (swhitney@pcc.edu), and/or conduct an oral interview in person.  Contact Stephanie Whitney-Bradley at 503-977-8008 to conduct an oral interview.

To determine if you can skip FR 101 and place into FR 102 : 
Students entering FR 102 should be able to answer the following questions in sentence format using a subject + verb + complement (please do not use a dictionary or refer to a textbook for accurate placement):


  • Comment vous appelez-vous?
  • Quel âge avez-vous?
  • Est-ce que vous travaillez?
  • Comment est votre famille?  Grande ou petite? 
  • Avez-vous un frère ou une sœur ?
  • Est-ce que vous êtes marié(e), divorcé(e), remarié(e)?
  • Est-ce que vous venez de Portland ?
  • Quelles activités aimez-vous ?  Faites-vous du sport ? 
  • Comment êtes-vous de physique ?  Avez-vous les cheveux bruns ou blonds ?                                                                                                  
To determine if you can skip FR 150 and place into Fr 151:
Students entering FR 151 should be able to answer all of the following questions plus the following in complete sentence format using a subject + verb + complement (please do not use a dictionary or refer to a textbook for accurate placement):
  • Comment vous appelez-vous?
  • Quel âge avez-vous?
  • Est-ce que vous travaillez?
  • Comment est votre famille?  Grande ou petite? 
  • Avez-vous un frère ou une sœur ?
  • Est-ce que vous êtes marié(e), divorcé(e), remarié(e)?
  • Est-ce que vous venez de Portland ?
  • Quelles activités aimez-vous ?  Faites-vous du sport ? 
  • Comment êtes-vous de physique ?  Avez-vous les cheveux bruns ou blonds ?   
  • Qu’est-ce que vous allez faire ce week-end?
  • Est-ce que vous irez au restaurant ce week-end ?
  • Qu’est-ce que vous avez fait hier ?
  • A quelle heure est-ce que vous vous êtes levé(e) ce matin ?
  • Est-ce que vous savez parler une autre langue ?
To determine if you can skip first year French (FR 101-102-103 or FR 150-151) and place into FR 201 or FR 250:
Students entering FR 201 or 250 should be able to answer all of the above questions, but more importantly should feel comfortable discussing the following questions in a more open-ended paragraph format using complete sentences (subject + verb + complement), using an appropriate verb tense such as the present, past (passé composé or imparfait) or future (futur proche or futur simple) (please do not use a dictionary or refer to a textbook for accurate placement):
  • Décrivez-vous (vos origines, votre famille, votre travail, vos intérêts, etc.)
  • Décrivez votre passé (votre enfance, vos études, ce que vous aimiez faire, etc).
  • Décrivez votre futur (vos désirs professionnels/personnels, etc).