More Information on Foreign Service Institute French Courses
Using this FSI French Phonology course, if you are willing to put in many hours of hard work reading, listening to, and imitating French sounds, words, and utterances, you can succeed in attaining a high degree of competence in French pronunciation and a basic knowledge of how French sounds correspond to the writing system.
The material that you are about to work with is divided into ten chapters. Each chapter has three parts.
: Presentation of a short dialogue for memorization.
: Manipulation, correction, and reinforcement of the sounds presented in the... Read Full Description
Le Monde Francophone, like other publications of the FSI School of Language Studies, is the result of a felt need. A significant proportion of the Foreign Service students enrolled in French are preparing for assignments in French speaking areas other than France. Yet there are few texts available to give the student a wide ranging sample of information about the French speaking areas of the world. The articles in this text touch on the geography, civilization and personalities of 28 countries in the Francophone world. Le Monde Francophone is a reader intended for students who are ready for material at about the R-2 leve... Read Full Description
The French language training in all the FSI French courses has been tailored to the special needs of US government personnel serving abroad. One special feature of each French program is the periodic occurrence of work-related language-use exercises. These exercises are known as Bridges. because they help bridge the gap between the study of the language in the classroom and its use after training on the job. Bridges are an integral part of your language training, providing you with practice during training at using the language to accomplish job-like tasks. ... Read Full Description
The FSI French Headstart for Belgium program consists of an introduction to French pronunciation, five modules with accompanying tapes, and a Cultural Notes booklet. The Phonology section gives you some hints on French sounds and the French writing system. The emphasis has, of course, been put on differences between English and French and not on similarities. In addition to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcription of French sounds, you'll find examples of how they are commonly written. Each of the five modules is divided into units (three to four units per module). The units of Modules IV and V are further d... Read Full Description
The FSI French Basic Course Volume 1 has been designed to help students reach a level of proficiency which will enable them to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations. The dialogues, drills, situations and narrations have been tape-recorded unless otherwise indicated in the text.
For beginning students, the twenty-four units are designed for a six-month intensive training program of six hours of class per day, plus outside preparation. Each unit presents a situational topic introduced in a dialogue, and usually five grammar points. Each grammar point is preceded by grammar notes which... Read Full Description
This FSI French Basic Course Volume 2 is the second and final part of this course. This course covers units 13-24.
For beginning students, the twenty-four units are designed for a six-month intensive training program of six hours of class per day, plus outside preparation. Each unit presents a situational topic introduced in a dialogue, and usually five grammar points. Each grammar point is preceded by grammar notes which generally are expressed in non-technical terms.
The course include materials of the following kinds.
1. A dialogue to provide a body of natural French con... Read Full Description
The field test version of FSI Sub-Saharan French, Familiarization and Short-Term Training was prepared in February 1981 under the direction of James A. Snow. Marcellin Hepie and Laura Weygand assisted in this effort. The field test version was revised in April 1982.
Revisions were based on observation of student performance and comments of both students and instructors at FSI, as well as on comments by students, instructors, and other members of the foreign service community at francophone posts in Africa. While we realize that some questions regarding vocabulary, style, usage, and cultural matters may alway... Read Full Description
Is a FSI Metropolitan French Familiarization Short Term (FAST) course just another language course? We don't think so. FAST courses have been welcomed by teachers and students alike for characteristics which are designed to meet specific kinds of language use needs.
This course is not designed for self-instruction. A resourceful and imaginative instructor will be a big help in rapid and successful mastery of the material presented. FAST courses are for those individuals for whom approximately 300 hours of active well-targeted French instruction can mean a more successful living and working experience in the ho... Read Full Description