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[Sep. 8th, 2011|05:19 pm]
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I'm a masters student in a bilingual program where students have to take a course in their second language. My french education is kind of a jumble. Core French (Grade 3 - 6), AP French (Grades 7-12), one intro class in university and the J'Explore Programme (Niveau 3). I haven't taken a class in 3 years but I've been living and working in Montreal, which made me reasonably comfortable speaking in a casual environment without worrying about all the terrible grammar mistakes I'm making. I still mess up my gender pronouns and I can't use the conditional properly in a conversation. But I can type a reasonably correct email and read teen novels.

I've got one year to get my fluency to a level where I can function in a french graduate class (albeit submitting papers in english). Basically I need to be able to understand a lecture and read graduate level assignments. I was placed in FLS2511 and sat in on a class today. The prof spoke 50% english (though he says that will change) and most of the students were uncomfortable putting a sentence together. The OBLI is giving me a choice of either FLS2511 or FLS2512 this term.

Can anyone weigh in on the difference between the two? Is 2512 substantially harder then 2511?

[User Picture]From: x_patti_x
2011-09-09 02:41 am (UTC)
I've taken both courses a few years ago and there really isn't much difference, since they are both intermediate/practice courses. The grading for french courses is really on how much you improve rather that the same stick across the board-if that makes sense. I would suggest doing 2511- only because everyone in 2512 will have taken 2511 and will all be on the exact same page and have the same knowledge base. 2511 will be more of a mixed crowd, coming from different levels and you will be able to be more flexible and focus on what you need to do for you. good luck!
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[User Picture]From: x_patti_x
2011-09-09 02:44 am (UTC)
also, have you considered taking the fls 3500- this is the bilingual exam with an OPTIONAL practice component (aka weekly coursework). This might be more what you are looking for because you can come and go as you please, only focus on the areas you want to and will be with other people who really want to practice because the class time is not mandatory (like it is with all other FLS courses). and, at the end, you get a french proficiency certificate.
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From: calumnia
2011-09-09 11:58 am (UTC)
Very good advice, thank you!

I have looked into 3500 but I don't think I'm ready yet. Its a good idea for next year though.

My biggest concern is vocabulary. Every french class I've taken in the last few years teaches THE SAME vocabulary. Where what we all really need is a review of grammar at that level and NEW vocabulary, because we've all taken these courses before. Otherwise I'm just stuck at the same level I'm at now but with slightly improved grammar.
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