Français 101A-B

Automne 2014
D. Kress (101-A)

G. Tournebize (101-B)

Heures de bureau : Kress, 2:30-3:30, lundi et mercredi, Tournebize : 12-1:00 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 27 au 29 août

mercredi

Introduction, Chapitre 1

II. Semaine du 1er au 5 septembre

lundi:

Labor Day: No classes

mercredi:

Chapitre 1

III. Semaine du 8 au 12 septembre

lundi:

Chapitre 1

mercredi:

Chapitre 1, On line exercises for Chapter 1 due!

IV. Semaine du 15 au 19 septembre

lundi:

Chapitre 2

mercredi:

Chapitre 2

V. Semaine du 22 au 26 septembre

lundi:

Chapitre 2, On line exercises for Chapter 2 due!

mercredi:

In class exam I

VI. Semaine du 29 septembre au 3 octobre

lundi:

Chapitre 3

mercredi:

Chapitre 3

VII. Semaine du 6 au 10 octobre

lundi:

Chapitre 3, On line exercises for chapter 3 due!

mercredi:

Chapitre 4

VIII. Semaine du 13 au 15 octobre

lundi:

Chapitre 4

mercredi:

In class exam II, Fall break begins at 8 pm, On line exercises for chapitre 4 due!

IX. Semaine du 20 au 24 octobre

lundi:

Chapitre 5

mercredi:

Chapitre 5

X. Semaine du 27 au 31 octobre

lundi:

Chapitre 5, On line exercises for chapitre 5 due!

mercredi:

Chapitre 6

XI. Semaine du 3 au 7 novembre

lundi:

Chapitre 6

mercredi:

Chapitre 6, On line exercises for chapitre 6 due!

XII. Semaine du 10 au 14 novembre

lundi:

In class exam III

mercredi:

Chapitre 7

XIII. Semaine du 17 au 21 novembre

lundi:

Chapitre 7

mercredi:

Chapitre 7, On line exercises for chapitre 7 due!

XIV. Semaine du 22 au 30 novembre, Thanksgiving Break

XV. Semaine du 1er au 5 décembre

lundi:

Chapitre 8

mercredi:

Chapitre 8

XVI. Semaine du 8 au 12 décembre

lundi:

Chapitre 8, On line exercises for chapitre 8 due!

mercredi:

Chapitre 8,

vendredi:

  Last Day of Class