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					FR 201 : Intermediate French I          hiver 2012               Prof : Madame Young

Jour/Heure : mardi/jeudi/vendredi                                Salle de classe : 2110

Tél : 833-1010 ext. 4460                                         E-mail :

Heures de consultation : 8h20-9h10 /11h45-1h40/après l’école

Objectives : The purpose of French 201 is to review and build upon the grammar and vocabulary learned in 101-103,
and to increase your proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, speaking, cultural understanding, and listening
comprehension. All classes will be conducted in French to enhance your strength and success in these areas. Your
active participation will give you increased confidence as you strengthen areas in which you may be somewhat weak;
class discussions and activities will enrich your understanding of French and francophone cultures.

Manuel obligatoires : Imaginez: le français sans frontières
                       Textbook and Student Activities Manual, leçons 1-3

Ressources suggérés:    Un bon dictionnaire anglais-français (Larousse, Harper-Collins)
                        Un dictionnaire en ligne (par exemple,
                        Bescherelle : livre de conjugaison
                        Morton, Jacqueline. English Grammar for Students of French.

MP3 files for the lab manual are located on the Imaginez website:
Class documents may be posted on my website:

Le français à WSU :


Répartition de la note:
20% Participation/Divers
20% Devoirs, 1 composition
20% Récit de poésie/chanson, entretien
20% Épreuves
20% Examen final

Participation: This grade will be based on your contribution to class and to partner or group discussions, (un)announced
quizzes, dictées, and attendance (see policy below). Always participate willingly and to the best of your ability in these
activities. Class will be conducted in French—you may not always understand every word, but if you understand the
general content, you are learning. Always try to say things, including asking questions, in French. Your questions are a
very important part of the class. Please do not hesitate to ask. Always bring your textbook and SAM to every class.

Devoirs: Imaginez is organized such that you will need to carefully study the pages listed in the syllabus before doing
your web and textbook homework. Please come to class prepared—you have understood the concepts and have
completed the assignments. There are many great exercises (too many to assign!) on the web site and in the SAM as
well as on the supplemental web sites listed below.

Web work must be submitted by 10:15am on the due date. You will not receive credit for late work. All work is graded;
multiple-choice and true and false give you 1 try, otherwise you have 2 tries.

Textbook written homework will be collected: write your homework on paper to hand in.
SAM homework may be corrected in class or handed in. The Student Activities Manual (SAM) assignments include
workbook and lab manual exercises. SAM Lab Manual activities are to be used with the Imaginez Lab Audio Program
MP3s accessible through the Imaginez website. Answer keys will be distributed weekly.

Composition: Voir page 78 du texte, #4 Rédaction et Plan qui l’accompagne.
First Draft: In class; handwritten; able to use dictionary, text, and notes

Final Draft: Typed in MLA format; 250 words; able to use dictionary, text, and notes; be sure to have an introduction,
body, and conclusion; staple the grade sheet on top of the final draft with the first draft on the bottom

Récit d’un poème/d’une chanson: Memorize and recite in class! Or you may film yourself and we’ll watch it in class;
just make sure to recite it from memory. “Le Pont Mirabeau” P37 or another 20-25 line poem by one of our previously
studied poets or a singer such as Jacques Brel or Renan Luce.

Entretien: You’ll be visiting me in my office to discuss a job that you are interested in (radio, journal, cinema, télé).
You’ll want to tell me what your qualifications are, what you’ve done, how your personality makes you the best
candidate! You’ll have a few questions to ask me, too. I’ll give you details about the interview later.

Épreuves : There will be 3 chapter tests, one after each leçon 1, 2, 3. The will cover all the material that we study
including vocabulary, grammar, culture, and literature. Lowest grade or absence will be dropped. No make-ups.

Examen final: Comprehensive exam over leçons 1, 2, 3.

Suggestions for optimal language learning: Attend class and do the homework every day. Language learning requires a
progressive acquisition of skills. You will not be able to “cram” successfully in a language course. You will need to spend
time every night doing homework and practicing listening, speaking, and reading in French. You will learn only by
constant practice. Come to class prepared and ready to participate. Get yourself into a French “mood” by watching
your favorite DVD in French (simply change the language track to French if available) or listening to French radio
( Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, open your mind to new ways of thinking and be quick to laugh. On va

Fun with French: Join Cercle français for French fun, excursions, food and drink, French films, guest speakers, Internet
fun, etc. Attend events at your convenience. Meetings occur 1-2 times/month. Check the announcements or see the
flyers for upcoming dates and activities.

Websites: Here are some good websites for extra practice.
Learning French and French Grammar online
Le Conjugueur
Tennessee Bob’s Famous French links
Tex’s French Grammar
French Language Exercises
French Grammar Central
Le Crime Intermédiaire

Tutoring Services: Should you need extra help with this class, see me during office hours.

Attendance Policy: The policy adopted by the Department of Modern Languages states that in courses meeting three
times a week, seven absences—for whatever reason—will result in an F for the course, regardless of your grade up to
that point (This translates into 10 days at the HS level). In addition, six absences will reduce your final grade by a full
letter grade (8-9 at the HS level). Please keep in mind that six (8) absences constitute two weeks—that is one-fifth—of
the quarter. Foreign language acquisition requires active, participatory attendance in class. Students absent for more
than two weeks cannot adequately fulfill this requirement.

Any absences will negatively affect your grade, but you can reduce your stress by (1)achieving perfect attendance
(2)saving your absences for true emergencies (3)contacting the professor for help (4)asking a fellow student, friend, or
relative to hand deliver homework assignments on the due date (5)keeping up with the syllabus and homework sheet.

Academic Integrity Policy: Plagiarism is the copying of language and/or ideas from any outside source without proper
attribution or documentation, including translations. The direct presentation of anyone else’s translation, or of the
output of a computer-based ‘translator,’ as if the translation were your own, is plagiarism.

For more information, see the Wright State Office of Student Judicial Affairs website, at .

(At the HS level, the World Language Department also has a policy against plagiarism and using translators for anything except
looking up single words like a dictionary)

WSU e-mail accounts: In accordance with University policy, all students will be required to obtain and regularly check
their WSU e-mail account. All students are welcome to contact me at

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