Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:50
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.
Language of instruction: There is only one way of learning a language: total immersion. That is, to speak, listen, read, and write in the target language. That is our goal.
Oral participation 20%
Written work 15%
Final paper and presentation 20%
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.
Absence policy: 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 foe 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.
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.