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					                          Syllabus: French 212
                                Spring Quarter, 2009
                      Sections: A02/A03, Call Numbers: 03265/03266
                                Professor: Christopher Coski
                                  Office: Gordy Hall 125
                                   Phone: 740-593-0857
       Office Hours: Monday & Tuesday 9:30-10:00 and 12:00-12:30, or by appointment

                         Introduction to the Course
Course Description:
French 212 will focus on an intensive review of grammar, intermediate-level conversation,
readings in French, short-essay writing, and cultural material. We will cover chapters 5, 6, and
7 of the Grammar Book along with selected short literary texts from the Reader.

French 211 at Ohio University, or the equivalent. Students must complete French language
courses in sequence: if you've already taken and passed a French class at a higher level than 212,
you may not enroll in 212 this quarter.

Textbooks: You will need the following textbooks

1. Grammar: Imaginez (and accompanying workbook and key). Mitschke, C. Vista Higher
Learning, 2008.

2. Reader: Ensemble Littérature. Comeau, Lamoureux. Sixth Edition (only the cover is
different, the content is the same). Wiley & Sons, 2003.

It is also recommended that you purchase an English/French-French/English dictionary to help
you complete compositions.

Graduate Credit: If you are taking this course for graduate credit (511, 512, 513), a CR will
appear on your transcript if you earn a grade of B or higher. The letter grade will appear for B-
or below.

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       The Goals and Philosophies Behind the Course
Goals: French 212 is the second course in the three-quarter sequence of second-year French.
During this year-long course of study, you will improve your proficiency in the four language
skills (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) as well as acquire further insight into the study
of language and literature as a subdiscipline of the humanities.

Speaking: Students will improve their ability to converse, provide and obtain information,
express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions through intensive practice in class. All
conversations with classmates as well as questions for the instructor will be in French.

Reading: At home and in class, students will practice reading intermediate-level literary
passages to attain a level of fluency permitting them to read without resorting to word-for-word

Writing: Students will learn to express ideas in writing by applying structures and vocabulary
from the textbook without resorting to word-for-word translation. In class, students will engage
in a number of informal writing activities including writing lists, sentences, short paragraphs and
dialogues. In daily homework, informal writing may involve both sentence- and paragraph-
length expression. In addition, three formal, electronically-printed, one-page compositions offer
students the opportunity to practice carefully editing their writing for content and organization,
tone and style, grammar, and mechanics

Listening: Students will improve their ability to comprehend spoken French through listening to
classmates and the instructor in class. In addition, laboratory assignments offer practice with
comprehension of more extended oral discourse.

Language and Literature as a Humanities Discipline: The humanities include those academic
disciplines that offer insight into human experience. Through the study of French language and
of French and Francophone literature, students will acquire an understanding of viewpoints and
ideas that characterize the French and Francophone world.

Your Role and Responsibilities as a 200-level French Student: Ohio University limits
enrollment in foreign language classes in order to provide each student high levels of interaction
with classmates and with the instructor. Recent research in second-language acquisition
identifies a high correlation between opportunities for meaningful interaction and successful
acquisition of language skills. In class, you must always speak French. In order to participate
meaningfully and thus acquire language skills, you must come to class each day having prepared
the homework. You should expect to complete eight hours of homework per week (two hours
for each hour spent in class).

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                                   Course Policies
Evaluation: Your performance will be evaluated according to the following criteria.

45%    Tests (3)
15%    Compositions (3)
10%    Speaking Exam (1)
5%     Homework/Lab
5%     Participation/Preparation
20%    Final Exam

Tests: You will take a test on each chapter covered in the grammar book. The tests will
potentially cover listening comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, composition and reading. Tests
missed cannot be made up. If you are absent on an exam day and your documentation for your
absence satisfies your instructor your final exam grade will replace the grade for the missed
exam. If you do not have valid documentation for the absence, your final exam grade will replace
the grade for the missed exam but with a penalty of 30%. (See attendance policy below).

Compositions: You will be required to write three formal, electronically printed, one-page,
double-spaced compositions. Compositions may be turned in late, but for each class day they are
late, they suffer a penalty of 10% (i.e., if you score an 84%, but turn in your composition a day
late, it becomes a 74%. On the second class day it is late, it becomes a 64% and so on). You
will also have the opportunity to complete a rewrite of each composition.

When writing your compositions, you may NOT consult other students, the teacher, a tutor, a
native French-speaker, a more advanced student, any online or computerized translation service
or device. You may not copy portions of your composition directly from other sources. Any of
the above will be considered plagiarism.

Speaking Exams: The speaking exams will be given in our classroom on the days indicated on
the class schedule. Each student will be assigned a specific day and time for his/her exam. Your
specific day/time is the only time you need to come to class during the speaking exam days. You
will be graded on the following criteria:
        1. Understanding of the question / giving an appropriate response.
        2. Pronunciation (relative to what a normal 212 student should be able to do)
        3. Grammatical correctness (relative to what a normal 212 student should be able to do)
        4. Elaboration (relative to what a normal 212 student should be able to do)

Participation/Preparation: Class time is practice time. In order to practice, you must come to
class prepared. This means having completed the assigned readings in the reader, having
completed grammar readings in the grammar book, and having completed the homework
activities in the workbook, PRIOR to coming to class. Participation requires that you
VOLUNTEER. Being in class every day but never volunteering to talk will only get you a
mediocre participation grade of 60% (D-) for the quarter. Good participation also means being
respectful of your classmates and your teacher. Raising your hand is good. Blurting out answers

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before other students get the chance to even think about it is bad, as is interrupting other people.
Be active AND courteous, and you will do well.

Homework/Lab: Your workbook contains both "homework" and "lab" activities.

The homework and lab activities in the workbook will be COLLECTED AT RANDOM,
typically about once per week. You are expected to complete the assigned activities NIGHTLY,
and correct them yourself using the answer key to the workbook. Always write your answers
with BLUE or BLACK ink or PENCIL. To correct your answers, you must use a RED pen. If I
do not assign a specific homework or lab activity in the workbook, you are not required to
complete it. Since I may collect your homework/lab activities at any time, DO NOT write your
answers directly in your workbook. ALWAYS write your answers on a sheet of NOTEBOOK
PAPER that you can HAND IN.

Since homework/lab activities are meant to prepare you for the next day’s class, turning them in
late means a -50% penalty for each class day they are late (i.e., you get half credit if they are one
class day late, and no credit if they are later than that).

Final Exam: The final exam is cumulative. The final exam for our class this quarter is:

Thursday, June 11, at 4:40 p.m. (Room TBA)

If you have a conflict with another final exam, you will be granted a make-up if required by the
O.U. policy stated in the Schedule of Classes. Our final is a "Combined Sections Examination"
and is listed on the Combined Sections Examination Schedule (not the same schedule as regular
sections). Documented EMERGENCY hospitalization on the exam date will also entitle you to a
make-up. Make-ups will not be given for any other reason whatsoever—this means I will not
give you a make-up for weddings, graduations, travel, job interviews, or anything else. Check
your schedule on the first day of the quarter – if you have such an event planned for our exam
date, you need to DROP this class while you still can.

Attendance policy: Your goal should be perfect attendance. You are allowed 3 unexcused
absences. Starting with a 4th unexcused absence, your grade will be lowered by 1 point per
unexcused absence. For an absence to be considered excused, it must be documented. Absences
that can be excused are the following: Illness (with doctor's note), Funeral (with obituary
announcement), University Sponsored Activities (with note from administrator), Religious

The following are NEVER excused: dates, chance encounters, marriages, birthday parties,
divorces, vacations, plane tickets, oversleeping (even if the electricity goes off), your sibling's
graduation, job interviews, internship interviews, routine medical check-ups.

Note 1: Arriving late, leaving early or leaving class for more than a "reasonable" bathroom break
will add a partial penalty.

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Note 2: If you must miss class for several days at a time for exceptional circumstances
(hospitalization for example), please confer with your instructor.

Academic Misconduct (including cheating and/or plagiarism): be aware of the policy in your
OU catalog. Cases of academic dishonesty will in this course may be met with the MAXIMUM
degree of severity allowed by university policy. Remember that compositions you do outside of
class must be your own work. IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO COPY ALL OR ANY PART OF
YOUR COMPOSITION FROM ANOTHER SOURCE (not even sentences or parts of
sentences). It is also unacceptable to write in English and have a computer program or online
service translate your work into French. It is further unacceptable to have your composition
proof-read by a tutor, more advanced student, teacher, TA or native speaker prior to handing
them in. Any of these will be considered plagiarism, and at the MINIMUM will earn an
automatic zero for the assignment.

Final Grade Calculation:
100-92 = A          91-90 = A-
89-88 = B+          87-82 = B                81-80 = B-
79-78 = C+          77-72 = C                71-70 = C-
69-68 = D+          67-62 = D                61-60 = D-
59-0 = F

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                                                       Course Schedule
Listed below, you will find the material that will be covered in class each day. The Grammar Book is listed as "G", the Workbook is listed as
"W", the Reader is listed at "R", and the Supersite online Audio Files are listed as ―A.‖ The numbers following the letters are the page numbers of
the material to be covered. Unless otherwise noted, "G" and "R" pages involve reading only and "W" pages involve written activities. "A" items
involve listening (to files available online at the Supersite) and written activities in the "lab" part of the workbook. You are REQUIRED to
read/listen to the material listed and complete any assigned written exercises on that material the night BEFORE coming to class. Dates are
subject to change, so you are REQUIRED to bring BOTH the Grammar book and the Reader to class EVERY day.

Note: The last day to drop a course this quarter without a grade of WF/WP is April 13.


30. Introduction
31. Crises et Horizons (G: 156-157; W: 41 #1,2; A: "Leçon 05 - Pour Commencer - Activité 1"
        + W: 125 #1)
2. Partitives (G: 170-173; W: 44-45 #1,2,3; A: "Leçon 05 - Structures 5-1 - Activité 1" + W: 126
3. Object Pronouns (G: 406-407 et écrivez G: 407 activité 1, phrases 2, 3, 5)

6. Object Pronouns (G: 406-407 et écrivez G: 407 activité 1, phrases 1, 4)
7. Marcel Pagnol, "La Vie au lycèe" (R: 10-14)
9. Pronouns y/en (G: 174-177; W: 46-47 #1,2,3; A: "Leçon 05 - Structures 5-2 - Activité 1" +
       W: 127 #1)
10. Pronoun Order (G: 178-181; W: 48 #2; A: "Leçon 05 - Structures 5-3 - Activité 1" + W:
       128 #1); Hand in Composition I

13.   Past Participle Agreement (G: 408-409, et écrivez G: 409 #1)
14.   Jacques Prévert, "La Grasse Matinée" (R: 86-89)
16.   Instructor away at Conference: NO CLASS THIS DAY
17.   Instructor away at Conference: NO CLASS THIS DAY

20. Review/Culture
21. Exam Chapter 5
23. En Famille (G: 196-197; W: 51 #1; [notez que "soutenir" = "to support"]; A: "Leçon 06 -
       Pour Commencer – Activité 1, Leçon 06 - Pour Commencer - Activité 2" + W: 131 #1,2)
24. Subjunctive Forms (G: 210-213; W: 54-55 #2,4; A: "Leçon 06 - Structures 6-1 - Activité 1"
       + W: 132 #1)

27. Subjunctive with Impersonal Expressions, etc. (G: 210-213; W: 54-55 #1,3,5; A: "Leçon 6 -
        Structures 6-1 – Activité 2, Leçon 06 - Structures 6-1 - Activité 3" + W: 132 #2,3)
28. Demonstrative Pronouns (G: 214-217; W: 56 #1,2,3; A: "Leçon 06 - Structures 6-2 -
        Activité 1 + W: 133 #1)
30. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "L'Homme d'affaires" (R: 106-110)
1. Irregular –re Verbs (G: 218-221; W: 58 #1,2,3; A: "Leçon 06 - Structures 6-3 - Activité 1" +
        W: 134 #1)

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4.   Disjunctive Pronouns (G: 410-411, et écrivez G: 411 #1); Hand in Composition II
5.   Possessive Pronouns (G: 412-413, et écrivez G: 413 #1)
7.   Michel Tremblay, "Le Diable et le champignon" (R: 152-157)
8.   Review/Culture

11. Exam Chapter 6
12. Progrès et recherche (G: 234-235; W: 61 #1,2; A: "Leçon 07 - Pour Commencer - Activité
       1, Leçon 07 - Pour Commencer - Activité 2" + W: 137 #1,2)
14. Comparative and Superlative of Adjectives and Adverbs (G: 248-251; W: 64 #1,2,3; A:
       "Leçon 07 - Structures 7-1 - Activité 1" + W: 138 #1)
15. Futur Simple (G: 252-255; W: 66 #1,2,3; A: "Leçon 07 - Structures 7-2 - Activité 1" + W:
       139 #1)

18. Subjunctive: Expressions of Doubt and Conjunctions (G: 256-259; W: 68 #1,2; A:
       "Leçon 07 - Structures 7-3 - Activité 1" + W:140 #1)
19. Marie de France, "Le Laüstic" (R: 180-184)
21. Past Subjunctive (G: 256-259; W: 68-69 #3,4; A: "Leçon 07 - Structures 7-3 - Activité 3" +
       W: 140 #3)
22. Past Participles as Adjectives (G: 414-415, et écrivez G: 415#1)

26. Expressions of Time (G: 416-417, et écrivez G: 417 #1); Hand in Composition III
28. François Truffaut, "Patrick pousse son pion" (R: 224-228)
29. Review/Culture


1. Exam Chapter 7
2. Speaking Exams*
4. Speaking Exams*
5. Final Review

*In addition to the speaking exams held during regular class time on June 2 and June 4, speaking exams will also be held outside of class
from June 2 through June 5, to make up for the two class days cancelled due to the instructor's planned absences earlier in the quarter.

Thursday, June 11, at 4:40 p.m. – FINAL EXAM (Room TBA)

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