Bienvenue! Welcome! In this course, native French speakers offer students a lively introduction to the language and rich culture of French-speaking countries. Join these French speakers in their everyday environment as they take students through different daily scenarios and give them the necessary skills to read, write, and speak French. Biblical and theological ideas are integrated throughout the course so students continue to grow in their faith while they learn the basics of French language and the relationship between language and Christianity.
After one semester, students will be able to engage in conversation in French including greeting people, introducing themselves, and exchanging basic information with others. Students learn to count from one to 1,000 and make simple sentences in both spoken and written French. Students continue to develop their French skills in semester two.
New words and phrases are introduced with pictures, audio clips, and examples. Students learn basic French grammar to help them build fluency and understand the structure of the French language. Students have many opportunities to practice what they learn through interactive practice activities in the form of games, written practice, and listening and speaking exercises.
Students also explore the cultures of France, Canada, and other French-speaking regions by learning about geography, foods, celebrations, and traditions from each place. Students are reminded that God is with them on this journey to learn the French language and are encouraged to press into Jesus, to listen to His voice, obey what He says, and experience life in all its fullness – just as He promised. John 10:10 NIV says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” In this course, students will think and reflect on the main themes of the Bible including the Creation, Fall, and Redemption. Bon voyage and God bless you all!
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- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA®)
- University of California (UC)
Course Types Available:
- 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
- ½ Credit – 1st semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
- ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
Biblical Integration Information:
Creation: God communicates His plan, purpose, and provision personally through both oral language (Jesus Christ, the Living Word) and written language (the Bible). He has also set patterns and guidelines for how humans are to communicate both with Him and with each other. God’s original purpose for language was for us to communicate with Him and with each other with truth and love (Ephesians 4:15), grace (Colossians 4:6), kindness and tenderness (Ephesians 4:32), care (Matthew 12:36), and encouragement (1 Thessalonians 5:11) and without anger, wrath, malice, slander, obscene talk (Colossians 3:8), or haste (Proverbs 29:20). God also intended for mankind to use language in order to live out the Greatest Commandment, to know and love our neighbors (Matthew 22:39). He also intended for language to allow us to live out the Great Commission, to disciple to and serve others, both at home and in our communities (Matthew 28:16-20).
Fall: Man’s fallen nature and innate sinfulness impact his ability to use language to communicate respectfully and gracefully with God and others. Sin leads to pride, confusion, and even frustration, and as a result, man often values forms and applications of language that are in opposition to God. These alternate forms and applications of language are destructive – cursing rather than blessing – and are often used for sinful purposes rather than truth.
Redemption: Rather than succumbing to our fallen nature and engaging in forms or subjects of communication that are in opposition to God, we should seek to grow in wisdom through our study and use of languages. We should allow the Holy Spirit to change our hearts in order to align our speech with the heart of Christ. As we mature in our faith, we become more aware of the positive power of language, to express truth, and of the negative power of language, to cause deceit. Receiving the Truth from Christ helps us to be discerning when we hear deceitful language. When language is used in a God-honoring way, it has a positive impact in all aspects of our daily life as well as on others (Proverbs 13:17). For example, learning another language will make us informed consumers, enabling us to be good stewards of our resources and to offer help to others. This is how we partially live out the Greatest Commandment and the Great Commission: through our study of foreign languages. When used for God’s glory, language can be used to build relationships between ourselves and speakers of other languages, as well as using this communication skill to share the Gospel and God’s faithfulness to others. Through language learning, we build the tools to speak of God’s redemption to all we encounter, even those who speak another tongue. We just have to be willing to step out of our own sphere and into that of other cultures around the world in order to share the Truth with all.
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