section 01 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8-8:50
section 02 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00-11:50
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 year 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.
Office Hours: M,T, Th, F 9-11am and Tuesday/Thursday 2-3 and by appt.
Further, I am often in my office outside of office hours, and you are welcome if I am there.
Required Texts: Vis-à-vis, 4th edition and accompanying 4th edition workbook
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.
Grade: Lab 10%
Daily work (25% of this grade is your oral work) 10%
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 9/7.) You do not consult with anyone about any part of the lab.
Extra Credit:You can do something related to French for extra credit to replace a poor grade for homework, quiz, or lab (not a test). 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. See me for details.
Absence policy: 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. After second absence, attendance grade is lowered five points, then five points per absence after for the next three absences. Attendance grade will then be dropped ten points for each absence beyond the fifth. Repeated late arrival will count as an absence as well. I will try to warn you when you are approaching the limit, but 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.
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.