Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:50
The title of the course is its primary purpose: to emphasize compositional and oral skills. The basis for our reading to generate conversation and provide subjects for composition will be Le Petit Nicholas. Review of grammar is also part of this course. To work on oral comprehension, scenes from films will be studied and discussed.
There is only one way of ultimately learning a language: total immersion. That is, to speak, listen, read, and write in the target language. That is our goal.
Student must have completed French 1134-1234 and 2133-2233.
Homework: Due at the beginning of class; no work is accepted after class. Please submit neat work. Sloppy work will be handed back ungraded. Make sure to make up your work if you are absent. Below, I have given a fairly detailed list of assignments, but things can be added to it. You are responsible for knowing entirety of the assignment, so check with me if you absent from class.
Quizzes: Quizzes are administered at the beginning of class. No make-up quizzes are given for late students. Quizzes are usually announced; however pop quizzes will also be administered. Make sure to make up quizzes if you are absent.
Make-up work: Turn in work and take quizzes when you return to class
Attendance is mandatory. A student will be dropped after four unexcused absences. Only an excused absence, defined as a university-sponsored event, does not affect your grade or is not counted as an absence. After first absence, attendance grade is lowered ten points per absence. Repeated late arrival will count as an absence as well. If you are absent for two consecutive classes, please let me know why you are not in class. Perfect attendance or one missed class gets ten points added to attendance grade.
Office: Bea Wood 110. Telephone: 397-4857, where you can leave a message. Please leave your number so that I can return your call. You can also e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office Hours: M: 9-11 and 1-3; T, Th, and F 9-11, and by appt. I am often in my office outside of office hours, and you are welcome if I am there.
Required Texts: Reprise, special printing only available at MSU bookstore; Le Petit Prince, special printing only available at MSU bookstorespecial printing only available at MSU bookstore
Oral participation 20%
Written work 25%
Final paper and presentation 15%
Language of instruction: There is only one way of ultimately learning a language: total immersion. That is, to speak, listen, read, and write in the target language. That is our goal.
Goals of the course: The title of the course is its primary purpose: to emphasize compositional and oral skills. The basis for our reading to generate conversation and provide subjects for composition will be Le Petit Nicholas. Review of grammar is also part of this course.
Poem: Everyone will memorize a French poem to deliver in class. Consult with me for your choice if you want. Get started on this early.
Final project: Everyone will choose a film from a list I will provide. You will answer questions that I provide about this film and write a summary of it. You will also summarize the film as your oral presentation. Then you will pick a scene, show it, and discuss it.
Extra Credit:You can do up to two extra credit projects to replace a poor grade for homework, quiz. It can be just about anything like 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. See me for details
Academic honesty: Any work that you submit (homework, lab work, quizzes, or tests) 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.
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 a minimum of four advanced courses for the minor and six advanced course for the area of concentration. Those interested in teaching will do the area of concentration. If you are interested, see me for details.
3. There is a $2,000 scholarship given every year for a French minor. Those planning to use scholarship to study French or travel in a francophone country are given priority.
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. There are scholarships for study in France and Canada for members.
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.
Homework schedule :
1. A chapter from Le Petit Nicholas will always be the first part of homework. Read the chapter so that you can summarize it orally in class. I will call on a student each class to summarize the chapter. Because you have more time between Thursday’s and Tuesday’s classes, you will write a summary of the chapter due for that Tuesday of about one page. Prepare this using word processor. You must use the computer for accents. (See below for how to do accents.) We will use the text for other purposes such as reading rhythm, pronunciation, grammar rules, vocabulary enhancement, and translation. Quiz for every three chapters of vocabulary.
2. You will generate at least five of your own sentences each class that you will type out and submit. I will not put this on the hw sheet because you do it every class.
3. To improve your ear, we will watch a French film over the course of the semester. You will be responsible for talking and writing about scenes we have seen. We will try to show a scene or two once per week.
There will be other assignments added to this schedule.
Date indicates day homework assigned. It is due the following class.
le 24.8: Un Souvenir qu’on va chérir. Review formation of the présent du conditionnel. Petit examen de formation reg et irreg. Your 5 sentences should be with the conditional.
le 26.8: Les cow-boys. Write summary of this chapter. Review imparfait. Conditional and imparfait assignment.
le 31.8 Le Bouillon. Quiz on vocabulary of first three chapters. Plus que Parfait et le passé du conditionnel. Assignment for Plus que Parfait et le passé du conditionnel due le 9.9.
le 2.9 Le football. Paragraph on this chapter. Plus que Parfait et le passé du conditionnel assignment due.
le 7.9 On a eu l’inspecteur. Translation
le 9.9 Rex. Paragraph on this chapter. Quiz on vocabulary of three chapters
le 14.9 Djodjo. Translation. Champs-Elysées tape and questions due le 25.9.
le 16.9 Le chouette bouquet. Paragraph on this chapter.
le 21.9 Les carnets Quiz on vocabulary of three chapters
le 23.9 Louisette. Paragraph on this chapter.
le 28.9 On a répété pour le ministre. Animal vocabulary.
le 30.9 Je fume. Paragraph on this chapter. Quiz on vocabulary of three chapters
le 5.10 Le petit poucet
le 7.10.Le vélo. Paragraph on this chapter. Memorized poem in class.
le 12.10 Je suis malade. Quiz on vocabulary of three chapters
le 14.10 On a bien rigolé. Paragraph on this chapter.
le 19.10 Je fréquente Agnan. Memorized poem in class.
le 21.10 M. Bordenave n’aime pas le soleil. Paragraph on this chapter.
le 26.10 Je quitte la maison. Quiz on vocabulary of last four chapters
le 2.11 Oral presentation of film summaries slang, expressions, and acronyms
le 4.11 map of Paris subway. Travel vocabulary. Memorized poem in class.
le 9.11 Quiz on slang, expressions, and acronyms.
le 11.11 Quiz on travel vocabulary and Paris subway map.
le 18.11 Written Film summaries due. Oral presentation of summaries
le 23.11 Oral presentation of film summaries