Planned in two volumes, French Basic Course (Revised) 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
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.
other units include materials of the following kinds.
1. A dialogue to provide a body of natural French conversation as a
source for subsequent drills and exercises. (At FSI these dialogues
are commonly memorized.)
2. UsefUl words to supplement the vocabulary with a limited number of
additional words, usually related to the topic of the dialogue.
3. Vocabulary awareness to enable the student to better identify the
elements of the utterances he learned as a whole and to regroup and
4. Drills of six different kinds, each type designed for a specific
a. Lexical drills to manipulate already acquired vocabulary and
Learning drills to introduce new grammar points (with reference
lo the corresponding grammar notes).
Practice drills to give the student an opportunity to illustrate
In sentences the grammar point he just covered.
An 1 drills to prepare the student for normal conversation.
f. Review drills
(Drills preceded by an (*) have been included for
optional use with fast-moving students.)
5. Situations to improve comprehension and serve as a basis for
questions and elementary conversation.
6. Narrations to provide reading material and introduce a very limited
number of vocabulary items.
7. Written exercises to offer to the student opportunity to relate the spoken language to the writing system.
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