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Junior College - French


Faculty - Dept. of French - Junior College

  • Ms. Alpana M Shroff - Teacher
    B.Com, L.L.B. & Delf A2 level and professor courses from the Alliance Francaise. 


French Syllabus

Encore en Échanges French for FYJC

Learning a language is embarking upon a life long relationship. The title of the text book indicates the inter-cultural aspect, which refers to the french people, their life, culture and their aspirations. This aspect of learning, when one relates to their own culture, their own language becomes an exchange. The objectives of FYJC study of the french language its to integrate the traditional grammar and translation method with the modern commnicative and interactive approach. This enables the students to stay social and culturally attuned to the European civilisation. Documents like train tickets, classified advertisements, menu cards, several photographs are used to explain concepts better. This aims at making french a memorial experience. With our heartfelt thanks to Neelima Reddy (ex head department of french, ferguson college Pune-4) Anjali Paranjpye( head department of french Navrozji Wadia college Pune 1).

The entire textbook has been divided into sixteen "dossiers" meaning files or folders since each chapter consists of several parts including the main text, grammar, vocabulary, activities, oral practice. There's also very useful dossier 0 (lesson zero) which introduces the debutant french students to the basics of french these include a map of france, days of the week, months of the year, cardinal and ordinal numbers, telling the time, seasons, parts of the body, fruits and vegetables, the house, the festivals as well as a section in "Getting by in French" which will help the students to understand simple instructions given in French in the classroom. Before starting with the lessons, students should get familiar with the basics( a list of all the francophone countries i.e. those countries in which french spoken is also given for the information of the student) 

1. Main text - in a variety of forms from posters, letters, post cards, conversation, questionnaire, e- mails, brochures, newspapers
2. Grammaire - To facilitate the understanding, explanations are given in English
3. Savoire Faire - English or know how communication skills in a variety of situations formal and informal eg. ordering a cup of coffee to preparing CV's for jobs for applying them in real life situations role play in ‘cést à vous = its your turn now.
4. Autour du thème is aimed at enlarging lexical field

5,Activities: Contains a wide range from drilling exercises for fixing grammar items and vocabulary ,to exercises of production communication and creativity. The answers to some ( Corigés) are at the end of the book.

6.Praqtique orale  or Oral practice is for students to read aloud so as to perfect the language and prepare for oral exams.

7.Language and Civilization are inseparable, and additional, and additional information about the country is given in English in Civilisation

8. Bilan: contains revision exercises based on preceding unit of 4 dossiers together. It contains list of key words 'Mots Clé' 'Détente' provides poems, songs, dialogues for relaxation.    

Dossier 1. Point de Départ or points of departure

This is the story of a cultural exchange between the students of the international centre of culture Chambry in France and the Vishwabhasha Kendra Pune India. The students are excitingly reading a Postel that a Quiz has been organised jointly and the winners will get a chance to visit India

Dossier 2. 'Dans la Bibliothèque' or In the Library

The French students visit the library in order to look for information on India and all its aspects its history, geography , politics etc ... The librarian also guides them on how to download information from various websites on India, from the computer.

Dossier 3. 'Un Quizz sur le France' or  A quiz on France

The Indian students have to participate in order to win a trip to France. Thanks to the 'Quizz' the students get to know alot of facts about France.

Dossier 4.  'Les Hereux Gagnants' or The Happy Winners

A French journalist , Jean Louise Sourdillat interviews the five Indian winners on France and ask them some personal questions, regarding their name, age, profession and also their reasons for learnin French and going to France.

FYJC Second Term Portion Dossiers 0-8

Dossier 5.  Une Lettre De France or A letter from France

In this lesson Bernadette Dubois writes a letter to her indian pen pal Meena Iyer describing her family in France, their name , age and the different jobs that the do .

Dossier 6. Les Couleurs du temps or The colours of the weather

Nikhil draws a beautiful poster in which he describes the seasons in India in FRANCE. What the weather is like in each season, a description of nature and all the activities and festivals that take place in each season.

Dossier 7. Préperatifs du voyage or Preparations for the trip

Sonali has a telephone conversation with a french friend Alice in which she asks for her advice as to what clothes to buy for her trip to France and what gifts to carry for her French hosts, meanwhile Rahul and his friend Armaan visit a mens clothing store in order to buy windhsheeter.

Dossier 8  Ětre bien dans sa peau or to be at peace with oneself

Renee and his friend watch a tv interview between the tv presenter and mr Damodaran from india who organises intensive training courses in Yoga at Marseilles, France. They talk about there activities and their meals.

For F.Y.J.C.

List of Grammar Topics – 1st Term  & 2nd Term.

1. The Articles in French (Definite and indefinite)
2. Common prepositions (including prepositions and Geographical Places)
3. Contraction of Argicles
4. Some Rules Governing Prepositions
5. Conjugation of Verbs (The Irregular verb –Ětre = To be)
6. Difference between voici, voilà and il y a
7. Present Tense of Regular verbs ending in er, cer, ger, in, re.
8. Present Tense of Slightly irregular or stem-changing verbs.
9. The four forms of a sentence.
10. Reflexive Verbs.
11. Irregular Verbs.
12. The Imperative Mood.
13. The Future Proche.
14. Summary of 3 tenses covered in lessons 0 to 8.
15. The Interrogatives (Asking Question in French).
16. Adjectives of Quality.
17. Types of Ajectives (Interogative, Possessive, Demonstnative, Infinite and Adjectives of Quantity).
18. Rules for making Nouns Plural.
19. The Gender of French Nouns.
20. Revision of 3 tenses covered in lessons 0 to 8 (Normal and Relexive)
21. Personal pronouns (including conjunctive, Subject, Direct Object and Disjunctive)
22. Writing Informal Letters (useful Phases and examples).
23. Complete List of Opposites.
24. Comprehension.

Topics for F.Y.J.C. & S.Y.J.C. Oral Exam. – 20 marks.

The Pronunciation  of some basic phrases.
All- Purpose phrases.
What would you say in the following situations ?
General Questions.
Short compositions.

S.Y.J.C. First Term – Dossier 9 to 13.
Dossier – 9 – In this lesson ‘Bon Appétit’ which means enjoy your meal. The Indian group who is leaving for France is invited for a typical French meal’,  by the director of the Alliance Francaise in Pune. During the course of the meal they learn about the order in which a French meal is served, how the table is laid and generally with which type of meal one drinks red wine and white wine.

Dossier 10 – ‘Enfin le Départ’ – Finally the depart. The Indian group leaves for France. All the formalities which they have to complete, before boarding the plane and their subsequent journey and arrival in Paris are dealt with in the course of the lesson.

Dossier 11 – ‘À la découverte de Paris: - Discovering Paris. The Indian students visit the city of Paris and with postcards to their friends and family members, in India describing all the ancient as well as modern monumens.

Dossier 12 – “Le melting pot Des Cultures”- The melting pot of cultures. The Indian students spend a morning in the Resto – U (restaurant on the university campus) and discuss with other students of different nationalities, about the different types of cuisines available, what opinions the foreign is have a Paris and the Parisians, and the Metro system of transport in Paris.

Dossier 13 – ‘Aur Quatre Coins de France’  – In the Four corners of France. The group of Indians learns that all the four corners of France have a lot to offer to the tourists which include not only the architectural masterpieces built during the Renaissance period but also the natural beauty of all the picturesque regions.

Preliminary Exam 0 to 16.

Dossier 14 – ‘Reflects de la Société’ - Reflections of society. The French students who have arrived in India give talks with the help of newspapers on the changes in the French lifestyle, the electronic devices and the household appliances which they possess. The students also learn how to write letters including their bio-data.

Dossier 15 – ‘Regards sur les Autres’ – A glance at the others both the Indian students and French group write about a French marriage ceremony that they have attended and different types of cultural shows (music, theatre, films) that France has to offer. The French group is struck by the fact that the Indians are very tolerant and also hospitable, but they find the traffic without any discipline and rather frightening.

Dossier 16 – ‘Vivre au XXIe Siecle – Living in the 21st  Century. A questionnaire which both the Indian and French students have been asked to fill.  They are asked their opinions regarding the criteria they would use to select a life partner, a job, what are the threats which face our planet and how they would go about solving them.

Grammar Topics Dealt with for S.Y.J.C. – 1st Term & 2nd Term.
1) Partitive articles.
2) Personal Pronouns – Conjunctive Subject, Direct and Indirect Objects.
3) Pronouns En and y
4) Disjunctive Pronouns
5) The Verb ‘Servir’
6) Different forms of Negation.
7) The Passé récent – The Recent past.
8) The passé Composé with (i) Avoir and with (ii) ětre.
9) The Comparative Superlative.
10) The Simple Future.
11) Relative Pronouns.
12) The present participle.
13) Adverbs.
14)  Possessive Pronouns
15) The ‘Imparfait’ Tense (Past continuous)
16) The ‘Present Conditional’.
17) Revision of Prepositions
18) Trouvez L’intru - Find the odd one out.
19) Complete list of opposites.
20) Conjugation of all irregular verbs (in present Tense)
21) Future stems and past Participles of irregular verbs.
22) List of all Regular and Irregular verbs and revision of Tenses , of normal and reflexive verbs.
23) Translate from English to French.
24) Informal Letters.
25)  Useful phrases and some specimen comprehensions.