Français 201 — Intermediate French
Professeur : D. Kress
Notre Dame de Paris (soundtrack). Luc Plamomdon.
In addition, you will need a full size hardbound French-English dictionary.
In this course you will build on the French that you learned in high school or in your typical first year French course on the college level. The goal of this program is to help you more efficiently process basic concepts and move toward more fluency, independence, and subtlety in listening comprehension, oral and written expression, and reading. A language course is different from other courses at college because you actively 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. When you finish this course you should be able to carry on conversations in basic French and be able to read comfortably with the aid of a dictionary.
1. 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
2. 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.
Students who have 3 absences will have their final grade lowered one full letter. For additional absences there will be a penalty of 2 points per day before the letter grade is dropped.
*Including the final there will be 3 major tests. Note my policy on makeups.
*Make ups: No make-ups for an unexcused absence are given. In case of excused absences, I may choose not to give a make-up; instead I may choose to count that quiz or examination as a grade to be dropped.
*I am willing to give extra credit if you are willing to work for it. 1 point on the final grade for each French novel or play you read (in English translation). If you are interested in this option, come see me before you choose a novel. Not all works are acceptable for credit.
I. Semaine du 21 au 23 août
II. Semaine du 26 au 30 août
III. Semaine du 2 au 6 septembre
IV. Semaine du 9 au 13 septembre
V. Semaine du 16 au 20 septembre
VI. Semaine du 23 au 27 septembre
VII. Semaine du 30 septembre au 4 octobre
VIII. Semaine du 7 au 11 octobre
IX. Semaine du 14 au 18 octobre
X. Semaine du 21 au 25 octobre
XI. Semaine du 28 octobre au 1 novembre
XII. Semaine du 4 au 8 novembre
XIII. Semaine du 11 au 15 novembre
XIV. Semaine du 18 au 22 novembre
Semaine du 23 novembre au 1er décembre, Thanksgiving Break
XV. Semaine du 2 au 6 décembre