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FRENCH 201 INTERMEDIATE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION
Un café à Paris
Sur le vif by Hannelore Jarausch and Clare Tufts (Heinle 2011, 6th edition)
- Improve communication skills in French (listening, speaking, reading and writing), so as to be able to converse in French, or write short essays or letters in this language
- Deepen an awareness of, and appreciation for, the cultures of the French-speaking world
- Make connections between the study of French and the study of other disciplines
- Develop an understanding of the benefit that knowledge of French has for the student, according to his (her) personal circumstances, goals, and desires
- The student will improve his (her) understanding of French. By the end of the semester, the student should be able to understand a French-speaking native most of the time.
- The student will improve his (her) French reading.
- The student will improve his (her) French speaking ability, and his (her) French writing style. By the end of the semester, he (she) will show an ability to carry on the following linguistic functions in both oral and written forms:
- narrate and describe events in the past, present and future
- ask and answer questions appropriately
- express volition through the use of the imperative mood
- express suggestions and advice through the use of the conditional mood
- use the right personal pronouns when replacing different words
- The student will see and understand the differences between French and American civilizations and cultures.
The course will be conducted in French, but the fine points of grammar will be explained in English, if necessary. Students are expected to participate very actively. Accuracy is essential in oral and written work. Students must come to class well prepared: the new vocabulary should be memorized, the readings read at least three times, the grammar studied, and the written assignments prepared for the stipulated day.
Attendance in class is required. Any absence will lower the weekly grade given for oral participation and performance, and a maximum of five absences is allowed before the final grade is lowered. Absences due to illness and/or emergency may be excused with appropriate documentation.
- Speaking, listening and reading objectives will be assessed by in-class oral participation, dialogue between students (group work), and dialogue between students and teacher. Oral participation is necessary and extremely important. A grade reflecting the student's preparation and performance will be given every class day.
- Writing, listening and reading objectives will be assessed by written homework, four fifty-minute long class exams, and the final exam.
Students have to write a composition every other week, and the compositions should be handed in on the stipulated day. The form and content of these compositions must be strictly your own work, only from this present semester, solely for the purpose of this French course. Computerized translators are unacceptable and counterproductive to learning a language. A justified suspicion of plagiarism (which includes doing the above, as well as lifting sentences or ideas from printed or Internet sources) will be dealt accordingly and is a very serious matter. The lowest composition grade will be dropped when the average is calculated at the end of the semester.
- Exams will test the knowledge the students have acquired by their reading, their studying a topic of grammar, and their viewing a video. There will be plus and minus grades. For example, B+ will correspond to 87 to 90, B to 83 to 87, and B- to 80 to 83. There are no make-ups, except in emergencies. If sick (appropriate documentation is needed), students should call me the same day the exam is given so that an exam is rescheduled for them.
- The final examination is comprehensive and will include a composition. It will be held on Tuesday December 10 from 3:00 to 5:30 P.M.
The final grade is made up as follows:
|Oral participation and performance in class
| Compositions (homework)
In coordination with the Academic Support Center (ASC), reasonable
accommodations are provided for qualified students with disabilities. Please
make every attempt to meet with me within the first week of class so that your
accomodations can be provided in a timely manner.
Office: Grewen Hall, 102 F
Office hours: M.W.F. 10:45-11:20 and by appointment
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