Foreign Languages Department
Dr. Sarah du Plessis
knowledge and skills are important to develop in order to communicate in French?
How is French
like and unlike English?
learning another language broaden students’ understanding of themselves and the
French II is a continuation
in beginning conversation, grammar, oral comprehension, reading, and writing.
Language is presented as a means of communication with French-speaking people
and as a way to understand more fully the
literature, history and culture of French-speaking
people all over the world.
In this course, students will
- develop their ability to speak French in both a
formal and informal capacity,
- develop their listening and reading comprehension
- develop their writing skills focusing on
organization, grammatical accuracy and use of rich vocabulary,
- explore the works of French-speaking writers and
artists in their historical context,
- learn about contemporary issues in the French-speaking
world in relation to current local, national and international events, and
- improve their abilities of expression regardless of
In this course, students are expected to try to the best of
their ability to understand and use the French language.
In order to do this, students should
to class prepared each day with all of their required materials,
participate in class by
carefully and respectfully to the teacher and their classmates, and
in French as much as possible,
homework assignments thoroughly by
thoughtfully and creatively to prompts,
the textbook to check their vocabulary and grammar, and
help outside of class before assignments are due,
vocabulary and grammar topics nightly regardless of whether or not there
is homework assigned by
over class materials,
Students are encouraged to take initiative in their own
learning process by exploring topics of particular interest to them and by
seeking out opportunities to experience French outside of the classroom through
music, films, art, books, magazines, and/or conversations with French-speaking
All graded assignments will be evaluated using the North
Cross grading scale with percentage values contributing to the overall
percentage grade. For example, each students’ grade (total of 100%) will
include tests (40%), quizzes (45%), homework (15%). During each term, students will also be given
short-term and long-term projects to complete which will count as test grades. The
trimester grade will be the percentage of the total points earned out of the
total possible points. Two exams will be
given, per North Cross policy, one in November at the end of the first
trimester and one in June at the end of the third trimester. The first exam will count as 20% of the first
trimester grade and the second exam will count as 20% of the third trimester
Continued language learning requires constant practice, and students should
expect homework every night. Homework
will be checked for completion at the beginning of class each day, and students
will have the opportunity to check their work in class. Students may work together on daily homework
assignments, but graded assignments should be completed alone. Students are expected to carefully complete
their homework each night. If a student
comes to class with an incomplete or missing assignment, she or he will be
required to attend an afternoon study hall until 4pm.
Tests and Quizzes
– There will be periodic tests and quizzes (and occasionally pop quizzes), in
order to monitor students’ comprehension of vocabulary, grammatical concepts,
cultural topics and class readings. Dictees are included within this category.
Cross Grading Scale
97-100 B+ 87-89 C+ 77-79 D+ 67-69 F
A 94-96 B
84-86 C 74-76 D 64-66
A- 90-93 B- 80-83 C- 70-73 D- 60-63
Make-up work—Students should make up any missed work by the following class meeting
unless other arrangements are made with the instructor. Students will receive weekly homework
assignment sheets. They may e-mail the
instructor, consult the course website or bulletin board (all homework
assignments will be posted), and/or consult classmates for missed assignments. Graded assignments will be deducted 5% (half
a letter grade) for each day they are overdue unless prior arrangements are
made with the instructor.
All members of the North Cross
community agree to respect and uphold the North Cross Honor Code: I will not
lie, I will not cheat, and I will not steal.
In addition the pledge: Je vous
jure que le travail est le mien (I pledge that this work is mine) should be
written in full and signed on all work to be handed in. Any use of Internet or electronic resources
for translating phrases, paragraphs or entire assignments is prohibited and is
in violation of the North Cross Honor Code.
Use of on-line dictionaries to look up single words is permitted.
Texts: Espaces. by Cherie Mitschke,
Cheryl Tano, and Valierie Theirs-Thiam,
501 French Verbs,