Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:50
The goal of this course is to continue to speak, understand, write, and read the French language. We move towards total immersion from the beginning. 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.
Daily work (25% of this grade is your oral work) 10%
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 that is legible, without cross-outs, and on one side of paper. Sloppy work will be returned with a zero.
Attendance is mandatory. A student can be dropped after four unexcused absences. Only an excused absence, defined as a university-sponsored event, 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. You are responsible for knowing how many absences you have. A student with perfect attendance or one absence is given an extra ten points on his/her attendance grade.
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. 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.
Goals and Language of instruction: The goal of this course is to continue to speak, understand, write, and read the French language. We move towards total immersion from the beginning. 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.
Lab homework: Each chapter has a lab assignment made up of two parts to be done in the language lab in Moffett Library . (It is not the lab assignment in the workbook.) The two parts must be completed in one seating because you hand in your work when you leave. The first part is a dictation (dictée). You listen to the tape and write in French the paragraph that is spoken. The second part of the lab tape is made up of questions or prompts. You write 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 paragraph and answers neatly and hand them 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. (Chapter 1 lab is due 9/6.) You do not consult with anyone about any part of the lab when you are in the lab, nor should you consult your text.
Extra Credit: You can do something related to French for extra credit to replace 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. Clear your project with me before you do it.
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: In accordance with the law, MSU provides students with documented disabilities academic accommodations. If you are a student with a disability, please contact me.
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 courses 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 money 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. MSU has a four-week program in Tours, France starting May 26 for which you can get credit for six hours of French. A presentation about this program will be made early in this semester.