Français 101A

Automne 2015
D. Kress (101-A)

Heures de bureau : Kress, 2:30-3:30, lundi et mercredi

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Texts: Vis-à-vis : Beginning French, 5th ed. Amon, Muyskens and Hadley. McGraw Hill, (New York: 2011). ISBN: 978-0-07-338644-7.

In this course you will undertake the study of a language that is the vehicle of communication of one of the world's great cultures. You will learn to communicate in basic French and to read French texts. Even if French is not your major this course can be of great benefit to you. You may use it in your business, in your personal relations, or as a research tool in graduate school. After all, a study of French entails not only knowledge of the language, but an awareness of the history, culture and literature of France and the Francophone world.

Policies

1. Make ups: No make-ups for an unexcused absence are given. In case of excused absences, your professor may choose not to give a make-up; instead he may choose to count that quiz or examination as one of the grades to be dropped.

2. You are expected to come to class prepared every day. Study the material specified on the syllabus or in class! There may be a quiz even though there is not a written assignment.

3. Every quiz and examination will stress oral comprehension. Keep in mind that all class work will be conducted orally in French and your attendance and participation will have a definite impact on your grade. The activities of listening to a language, speaking a language, and writing a language all demand active skills. This class will require your active participation.

A language course is different from other courses at the college because you work on oral communication skills. The only place you can work on these skills is in your French class. Other classes may not require your attendance because you can learn the material from the book; however, there is no substitute for the dynamic interaction that takes place between you and your teacher--a trained language acquisition specialist. For this reason this course has a strong policy on absences. Students who have 5 absences will have their final grade lowered one full letter. For additional absences there will be a penalty of 2 points per day subtracted from the final grade before the letter grade is dropped.

4. Your grade in this class will be given as follows:

40% In class exams, including the final
10% Homework
20% In-class quizzes
30% On line exercises--https://www.eztestonline.com/514121/index1.tpx

The use of cell phones or any electronic media device is not allowed during this class. Use of such devices during a quiz or exam will constitute an honor code violation and will be reported to the honor court.

*Extra Credit*

You may earn extra credit if you are willing to work for it. 1 point will be added to the final grade for each French novel or play you read (in English translation). If you are interested in this option, see me before you choose a novel. Not all works are acceptable for credit. Works you have previously read are not acceptable.

Here are a few suggestions that are acceptable:

Sartre, No Exit, The Dirty Hands, or The Flies
Camus, The Stranger, Caligula, The Plague
Ionescu, The Bald Soprano
Racine, Phèdre, Andromaque
Corneille, Horace

EMPLOI DU TEMPS:  SEMESTRE D'AUTOMNE

I. Semaine du 31 août au 2 septembre

lundi:

Introduction, Chapitre 1

mercredi:

Chapitre 1

II. Semaine du 7 au 9 septembre

lundi:

Labor Day: No classes

mercredi:

Chapitre 1 On line exercises for Chapter 1 due!

III. Semaine du 14 au 16 septembre

lundi:

Quiz on Chapitre 1, Begin chapitre 2

mercredi:

Chapitre 2

IV. Semaine du 21 au 23 septembre

lundi:

Chapitre 2, On line exercises for Chapter 2 due!

mercredi:

Quiz on Chapitre 2, Begin Chapitre 3

V. Semaine du 28 au 30 septembre

lundi:

Chapitre 3

mercredi:

Chapitre 3, On line exercises for chapter 3 due!

VI. Semaine du 5 au 7 octobre

lundi:

Quiz on Chapitre 3, Chapitre 4

mercredi:

Chapitre 4, On line exercises for chapter 4 due!

VII. Semaine du 12 au 14 octobre.

lundi:

MIDTERM EXAM!

mercredi:

Chapitre 5

VIII. Semaine du 19 au 21 octobre.

lundi:

Chapitre 5

mercredi:

Chapitres 5, On line exercises for chapitre 5 due!

IX. Semaine du 26 au 28 octobre

lundi:

Quiz on Chapitre 5, Begin Chapitre 6

mercredi:

Chapitre 6

X. Semaine du 2 au 4 novembre

lundi:

Chapitre 6, On line exercises for chapitre 6 due!

mercredi:

Quiz Chapitre 6, Begin Chapitre 7

XI. Semaine du 9 au 11 novembre

lundi:

Chapitre 7

mercredi:

Chapitre 7, On line exercises for chapitre 7 due!

XII. Semaine du 23 au 25 novembre

lundi:

Quiz on Chapitre 7, Begin chapitre 8

mercredi:

Thanksgiving!

XIII. Semaine du 30 novembre au 2 décembre

lundi:

Chapitre 8

mercredi:

Chapitre 8, On line exercises for chapitre 8 due!

XIV. Semaine du 7 au 11 décembre

lundi:

Chapitre 8

mercredi:

Review

vendredi:

  Last Day of Class