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Course Syllabus: French Culture 101


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Course Description

Welcome to our course on French culture. Throughout this course, we'll offer students a brief introduction to the country and its people. We'll cover necessary issues for your travel preparations to France, including the need for visas or passports.  We'll show you ways to stay healthy and safe in France, as well as how to deal with emergencies.

Whether you're traveling to France for business or pleasure, it's important to follow French customs and etiquette. Business travelers should understand how business meetings are approached, and the protocols involved in business meeting and negotiations in order to foster positive business relations.

We'll also introduce students to a brief history of France and its people, French holidays and important dates to remember. France is known as the culinary capital of the world, but it's also a very diverse and interesting country, whose regions offer a variety of culinary specialties and dining experiences. In France, visitors can enjoy anything from street food to gourmet delights in every region of the country.

Major cities in France offer a variety of highlights, entertainments and venues, including Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux and Brittany. Whether you want to visit the D-Day beaches of Normandy or spend a few days exploring French cathedrals, you'll find what you're looking for in France. When it comes to transportation, learn the basics, including how to purchase tickets for major train networks or what you need to do to rent a car or ride a bus.

We'll also discuss French lifestyle, including social behavior, common traditions, and French morals and values. We'll also offer students some fun and interesting facts about France, its culture, and geography. Understanding the political landscape of France today is important for business travelers and vacationers, as are highlights of French men and women who have left an indelible mark on the history and culture of France.

We hope this course will help students avoid stereotyping France or its people, and serve to offer tips and suggestions on how to gain the most benefits, memories and experiences from your journey to France.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

 

Lesson 1: Welcome to France! - An Introduction to the Country and its People

Lesson 2: Preparing to Travel to France

Lesson 3: Doing Business in France

Lesson 4: A Brief History of France and it's People

Lesson 5: French Holidays and Dates to Remember

Lesson 6: Dining in France

Lesson 7: Things to Do in France

Lesson 8: Dealing with Transportation

Lesson 9: French Morals and Values

Lesson 10: French Lifestyle

Lesson 11: Interesting Things about France

Lesson 12: Political Landscape of France Today

Lesson 13: Frenchmen (and Women) Who Left Their Mark: Past and Present

Lesson 14: Avoiding Stereotypes

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with a Final assignment. Students will successfully complete this course with an overall average of 70% or higher.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe preparing to travel to France.
  • Describe doing business in France.
  • Know the history of France and it's people.
  • Know French holidays and dates to remember.
  • Describe dining in France.
  • Know things to do in France and dealing with transportation.
  • Identify French morals and values.
  • Describe French lifestyle and the political landscape.
  • Know French men and women who left their mark: past and present.
  • Know avoiding stereotypes, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

An Introduction5
Lesson 1: Welcome to France! – An Introduction to the Country and its People9
Preparing to Travel100
Lesson 2: Preparing to Travel to France9
Doing Business In France100
Lesson 3: Doing Business in France8
History of France100
Lesson 4: A Brief History of France and it's People10
Holidays100
Lesson 5: French Holidays and Dates to Remember10
Dining in France100
Lesson 6: Dining in France10
Things To Do100
Lesson 7: Things to Do in France8
Transportation100
Lesson 8: Dealing with Transportation10
Lesson 9: French Morals and Values10
Diversity100
Lesson 10: French Lifestyle10
Interesting Facts100
Lesson 11: Interesting Things about France9
Political Landscape100
Lesson 12: Political Landscape of France Today9
Famous French Women100
Lesson 13: Frenchmen (and Women) Who Left Their Mark: Past and Present10
The Final Assignment100
Lesson 14: Avoiding Stereotypes10
The Final Exam65
New Things100
Total Points:1502
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