Français 201 — Intermediate French

Professeur : D. Kress
Tel. 869-5252
Courriel: dkress@centenary.edu
Heures au bureau: 3:30-4:30 lundi et mercredi

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Texts:

Notre Dame de Paris (soundtrack). Luc Plamomdon.
Octavia, Sidonie de La Houssaye
The Ultimate French Verb Review and Practice (UItimate Review & Reference Series) [Paperback Stillman and Gordon. Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1st edition. ISBN-10: 0071416722 ISBN-13: 978-0071416726

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.

Policies

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.

Grading:  

Homework 20%
Quizzes https://www.eztestonline.com/514121/index3.tpx 20%
Hour tests (3) 60%

I. Semaine du 21 au 23 août

mercredi: FVRP, Chapitre 1, Notre Dame de Paris, Introduction au cours 

II. Semaine du 26 au 30 août
lundi: FVRP, Chapitre 1, Notre Dame de Paris
mercredi: FVRP, Chapitre 1, Notre Dame de Paris

III. Semaine du 2 au 6 septembre
lundi: Labor Day!
mercredi: FVRP, Chapitre 2, Notre Dame de Paris

IV. Semaine du 9 au 13 septembre
lundi: FVRP, Chapitre 2, Notre Dame de Paris
mercredi: FVRP, Chapitre 2, Notre Dame de Paris

V. Semaine du 16 au 20 septembre
lundi: FVRP, Chapitre 2, Notre Dame de Paris
mercredi: Examen I

VI. Semaine du 23 au 27 septembre
lundi: FVRP, Chapitre 3, Notre Dame de Paris
mercredi: FVRP, Chapitre 3, Notre Dame de Paris

VII. Semaine du 30 septembre au 4 octobre
lundi: FVRP, Chapitre 3, Notre Dame de Paris
mercredi: FVRP, Chapitre 3, Notre Dame de Paris

VIII. Semaine du 7 au 11 octobre
lundi: FVRP, Chapitre 4, Notre Dame de Paris
mercredi: FVRP, Chapitre 4, Notre Dame de Paris

IX. Semaine du 14 au 18 octobre
lundi: FVRP, Chapitre 4, Notre Dame de Paris
mercredi: Examen II

X. Semaine du 21 au 25 octobre
lundi: FVRP, Chapitre 5, Octavia
mercredi: FVRP, Chapitre 5, Octavia

XI. Semaine du 28 octobre au 1 novembre
lundi: FVRP, Chapitre 5, Octavia
mercredi: FVRP, Chapitre 5, Octavia

XII. Semaine du 4 au 8 novembre
lundi: FVRP, Chapitre 5, Octavia
mercredi: FVRP, Chapitre 5, Octavia

XIII. Semaine du 11 au 15 novembre
lundi: FVRP, Chapitre 6, Octavia
mercredi: FVRP, Chapitre 6, Octavia

XIV. Semaine du 18 au 22 novembre
lundi: FVRP, Chapitre 6, Octavia
mercredi: FVRP, Chapitre 6, Octavia

Semaine du 23 novembre au 1er décembre, Thanksgiving Break

XV. Semaine du 2 au 6 décembre
lundi: FVRP, Chapitre 6, Octavia
mercredi: FVRP, Chapitre 6, Octavia
vendredi: Last day of class!