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Goals and Language of instruction: The goal of this course is to begin to be able to speak, understand, write, and read the French language. We gradually move towards total immersion as the semester progresses.. We will also study francophone (French-speaking) cultures. Further we will study the fundamental building blocks of all languages through the study of one particular language.
French at Midwestern:
1. There is a French Club open to anybody interested in francophone (French speaking) culture.
2. There is a French minor and a French area of concentration at Midwestern. You must take the four introductory semesters of language instruction and then a minimum of four advanced courses for the minor and six advanced course for the area of concentration. Those interested in teaching will take six advanced classes for a total of 32 hours. If you are interested, see me for details.
3. There is a 2,000 dollar scholarship given every year for a French minor to study/travel in a francophone country.
4. We have a chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the French National Honor society. To qualify for membership, you must have completed one advanced French course with an average of 3.00.
5. There are possibilities for studying French in another country over the summer. See me.
6. Midwestern participates in a program in France at which you can study for a full semester every spring. Courses are in English and cover a wide range of subjects. The program is open to all majors because courses are part of the core curriculum.
Required Texts: Vis-à-vis, 4th edition and accompanying 4th edition workbook
Lab homework: Each chapter has a lab assignment to be done in the language lab in Moffet Library . (It is not the lab assignment in the workbook.) The lab must be completed in one seating because you hand in your work when you leave. Skip the dictation at the beginning of the tape. The questions after the dictation are your assignment. You write the questions and then the answers to these questions/prompts in full sentences in French. You may listen to the tape as many times as you like. When you have finished, recopy your work neatly and hand it in to the lab assistant. The lab assistant is instructed to only accept work done in the lab. You should do the lab at the end of the second week of the chapter. I collect the lab work at noon following the day of the chapter test, which is the day we start the next chapter. Tests are generally on Monday; so your lab is due Tuesday. You should not consult with a classmate about any part of the lab.
Academic honesty: Any work that you submit that is not your own is reason for censure for all parties involved. Procedure for censure follows the academic dishonesty policy in the student handbook.
Students with disabilities:MSU provides students with documented disabilities academic accommodations. If you are a student with a disability, please contact me.
Homework rules and procedures:
1. Arrive in class with work completed. Do not do your homework in class or start doing your homework just before class starts!
2. Head your paper with your name, section (8am or 11am), and assignment (page and exercise numbers).
3. Write out everything in an assignment. For example, the whole paragraph or sentence in a fill-in-the-blank exercise should be written in full.
4. We go over homework each class, and you are responsible for properly grading your own paper. Bring a red pen to mark errors and/or make corrections.
6. You should keep a French folder into which you put your returned homework assignments, quizzes, and test study sheets. You can refer to these at test times, and you have a record of your work in case there is some discrepancy between a grade I have for you and what you have as the actual grade.
Extra Credit:You can do something related to French for extra credit to replace or add to a poor grade for homework, quiz, or lab. It can be just about anything such as going to a museum with French art, reading a French novel, or watching a French movie. Write up what you've done and submit it. The bigger the project, the more it's worth. You may do a maximum of two extra credit projects. Talk to me to clear project before you do it.
Please help create and maintain MSU as a tobacco-free campus.
Turn off and put away all phones.
Grade: Lab 10%
Daily work (25% of this grade is your oral work) 10%
Homework: Homework is due at the beginning of class; no work is accepted after class. If you are absent, turn in assignment the day you return. Please submit neat work and follow rules about homework procedures clearly outlined in syllabus. Sloppy work or work that does not follow homework procedures will be returned with a zero.
Quizzes: Quizzes are administered at the beginning of class. In general, no make-up quizzes are given for late students. Quizzes are usually announced; however pop quizzes will also be administered. If you are absent, you may make up your quiz, but you must be ready to do it at the beginning of the class to which you return. It is your responsibility to follow through on making up the quiz
Attendance is mandatory. A student will be dropped after six unexcused absences. Only an excused absence, defined as a university-sponsored event, is not counted as an absence. Attendance grades are as follows: zero or one absence, 110; two absences, 90; three absences, 85; every absence thereafter is fivepoints off your attendance grade per absence. Repeated late arrival will count as an absence. I will try to warn you when you are approaching the limit, but you are responsible for knowing how many absences you have