In this Level I course, students begin to develop proficiency in five language skills: reading, writing, aural comprehension, speaking, and cultural understanding. Students learn to express themselves in a variety of social situations using appropriate expressions and grammar. The following four general categories of language functions are presented in the first year: seeking and imparting factual information, asking for and expressing attitudes and opinions, interacting with others, and socializing.  Discussions, readings, and projects present the culture of France and other Francophone countries.