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French 101 (Spring 2014)

French 101: Elementary French

Spring Semester 2014
MWF 9:15-10:20 — ADMN 221

Prof: Mark Jensen 
Office: ADMN 220 
Phone: 253.535.7219 (office); 253.756.7519 (home) 
E-mail: jensenmk@plu.edu 
Web page: www.plu.edu/~jensenmk/ 
Office hours: M 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. and W & F 1:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

This syllabus is available on the web: https://sites.google.com/a/plu.edu/french-101-spring-2014/

Materials

                        Required purchase:

  • Manley et al. Horizons. 6th ed. (Heinle/Cengage Learning, 2014).  Includes three text audio CDs.
  • Horizons 6th edition iLrn Heinle Learning Center.  Requires course code (BAXXCP884) and book key.  If you do not have a book key, one can be purchased at ilrn.heinle.com.

Course goals

The primary goal of this course is to develop your communicative proficiency in some basic situations in French.  You will strive to gain an ability to understand what people are saying and to communicate what you want to say — abilities of use to you in any French-speaking country. You'll learn to greet people in French and return their greetings, tell about your activities, your schedule, and your plans, give your contact information, say what you do and don't like to do, ask how others spend their time, order things in a café, express thanks, surprise, necessity, agreement, disagreement, and other basic attitudes, get basic information you need about times, dates, places, and names, talk about things you own, describe people and their personalities, explain basic family relationships, make choices, express preferences, speak on the telephone, ask people to do things, and accept or refuse invitations, say what you have done and where you went, discuss the weather, buy clothes, and talk about what to wear.  

A secondary goal of the course is to acquaint you with some French-speaking cultures—primarily, but not exclusively, metropolitan France (l'hexagone, as the French often call it).  Given recent events, it's an interesting time to be learning French.  But then it's always an interesting time to be learning French!  See my campus web page (address above) for why I think French culture is so interesting and what inspired me to devote my professional life to teaching French language and literature.

Class schedule

Typically, we'll spend two weeks on each chapter in Horizons, and cover five lessons during the course, in addition to the Chapitre préliminaire.  Plan on taking French 102 in the Fall 2014 semester, using the same course materials.

Each lesson or chapter is divided into four « compétences » and has a section of the Student Activities Manual devoted to it.  In general, we'll cover one « compétence » in each class period.  You should do the corresponding exercises in the online Student Activities Manual before the next class, the date of which is posted as the « due date » of the exercises.  You'll need to register on the ilrn.heinle.com website, using (1) your book key and (2) the course code (BAXXCP884).

5 février : Introductions.  Discussion of course.  Discussion of study methods and expectations for the course.  After class, do assigned online workbook exercises.

7 février : Chapitre préliminaire.  After class, assigned online workbook exercises in iLrn (Horizons 6e eSAM).  — La chanson du vendredi : Juli Powers, « Comment ça va ? ».  

10 février : Chapitre préliminaire. After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

12 février : Chapitre préliminaire. After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

14 février : Chapitre préliminaire: review. — La chanson du vendredi : Gregg Lerock, « Mon sac à dos ».

17 février : Presidents' Day holiday.

19 février : Chapter test: Chapitre préliminaire.  Chapitre 1. After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

21 février : Chapitre 1. After class, assigned online workbook exercises. — La chanson du vendredi : Pink Martini, « Sympathique ».

24 février : Chapitre 1. After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

26 février : Chapitre 1. After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

28 février : Chapitre 1: review. — La chanson du vendredi : Joe Dassin, « Aux Champs-Élysées ».

3 mars : Chapter test: Chapitre 1.  Chapitre 2.  After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

5 mars : Chapitre 2. After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

7 mars : Chapitre 2. After class, assigned online workbook exercises. — La chanson du vendredi : Anna Marly & Emmanuel d'Astier de la Vigerie, « La complainte du partisan » (1943) [version Leonard Cohen (1969)].   

10 mars : Chapitre 2. After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

12 mars : Chapitre 2. After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

14 mars : Chapitre 2: review. — La chanson du vendredi : Rose, « La liste ».

17 mars : Review for midterm.

19 mars : Review for midterm.

21 mars : Midterm exam.

22-30 marser avril : Vacances de printemps.

31 mars : Chapitre 3. After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

2 avril : Chapitre 3. After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

4 avril : Chapitre 3. After class, assigned online workbook exercises. — La chanson du vendredi : Lisa Leblanc, « Ma vie c'est d'la marde ».

7 avril : Chapitre 3.  After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

9 avril : Chapitre 3: review.

11 avril : Chapitre 3: review. — La chanson du vendredi : Rufus Wainwright, « A la claire fontaine ».

14 avril : Chapter test: Chapitre 3.  Chapitre 4. After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

16 avril : Chapitre 4. After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

18 avril : Vendredi Saint [Good Friday].

21 avril : No class on April 21: Easter break ends at 11:15 a.m.

23 avril : Chapitre 4. After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

25 avril : Chapitre 4. After class, assigned online workbook exercises. — La chanson du vendredi : Benjamin Biolay, « Ton héritage ».

28 avril  Chapitre 4: review.

30 avril : Chapter test: Chapitre 4.  : Chapitre 5.

2 mai : Chapitre 5. After class, assigned online workbook exercises. — La chanson du vendredi : Yves Montand, « Sous le ciel de Paris ».

5 mai : Chapitre 5. After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

7 mai : Chapitre 5.  After class, assigned online workbook exercises.

9 mai : Chapitre 5. After class, assigned online workbook exercises. — La chanson du vendredi : Édith Piaf, « Je ne regrette rien ».

12 mai : Chapitre 5: review.  — BBC documentary on Jacques Brel (Part I).

14 mai : Review for final.  — BBC documentary on Jacques Brel (Part II).

16 mai : Review for final.  — BBC documentary on Jacques Brel (Part III). — La chanson du vendredi : Jacques Brel, « La quête ».

20 mai (8h00-9h50) : EXAMEN FINAL (Chapitre préliminaire & Chapitres 1-5).

Monday written assignments

In addition to the online exercises, every time we have class on Monday you'll rendre une copie (in French, the word copie means not only "a copy" but also has a special meaning that dates from the early nineteenth century:  a homework assignment that a student does on loose-leaf piece of paper and turns in to the teacher in class).  Here are the assignments for the semester.  

Please double-space or triple-space and leave margins on all sides of at least one and one-half inches (about 4 centimeters). 

10 février :     Copie 1 : Horizons, p. 9, ex. C.

24 fevrier :    Copie 2 : Read carefully L'accent grave by Prévert on Horizons, p. 56, and answer Compréhension questions 1-4 on p. 57.

3 mars :        Copie 3 : Horizons, p. 57, self-portrait (75 words). Follow the instructions.

10 mars :       Copie 4 : Horizons, pp. 96-97, study the text and the photos and answer questions 1-6.

17 mars :      Copie 5 : Read p. 94 in Horizons, and do exercises A, B, and C on p. 95, following the instructions.

31 mars :      Copie 6 : Following the instructions on the right side of p. 95 in Horizons, write a dialogue (75-100 words).

7 avril :         Copie 7 : Study carefully Horizons, pp. 132-33.  Write out sentences 1-5, adding a clause that explains your choice, e.g. « . . . parce que le rouge stimule l'appétit » or « . . . parce que le blanc est associé à la pureté. »

14 avril :      Copie 8: Read pp. 134-35 in Horizons, and write out the sentences in nos. 1-3, filling in the blanks appropriately.

28 avril :       Copie 9 : Study the poem on p. 168 of Horizons, then answer en français the four questions on p. 169.

5 mai :      Copie 10 : Following the instructions on the righthand side of p. 169 of Horizons, make a genealogical tree of your family and write a description of it.

12 mai :        Copie 11 : Read carefully Horizons, pp. 210-11, and answer questions 1-4.

Calculation of grades

Learning a new language requires sustained daily effort.  Our class schedule does not permit daily classes, but the availability of the iLrn system enables you to work with French every day. It's up to you to do so.

Your grade will be determined as follows:

         Participation                           14%

         Online exercises                     20%

         Monday written assignments  11%

         Four chapter tests                   20%

         Midterm exam                         10%

         Final exam                              25%

Comments on each of these components:

  • Class participation. Attendance and active participation are important to your success in learning and retaining French.  Your presence and your participation in class will be evaluated after every class.  You will receive 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4 for each class. Zero means you were absent; 1 means either that you arrived late, did not bring needed materials, or shirked participation; 2 means that you participated only minimally, or were inadequately prepared; 3 means that you participated "normally"; and 4 means that you made vigorous efforts at communicating in French.  At the end of the course these scores will be averaged, and 15% of your grade will be determined by the result.
  • Workbook exercises.  The workbook exercises, both written and oral, have been carefully designed to help you practice what you're learning about the French language.  You must keep up!  Due dates are posted online.  Each assignment is due before the next class and will not be accepted by the iLrn system after that date.  For each competence, eight online exercises are assigned; the others are optional.
  • Monday written assignments.  Every Monday a written assignment (une copie) is due and should be handed in to me in class.  Email submissions are not acceptable. See above for these assignments.
  • Chapter tests. There will be four chapter tests (the preliminary chapter and Chapters 1, 3, and 4); the first will be on Feb. 19. Each will test aural comprehension and vocabulary as well as the structures studied in the preceding week's lesson.  Each will contribute 7.5% of your final grade.
  • Midterm and final. There will be a midterm exam on Mar. 22 (10 % of your final grade), and a final exam (25% of your final grade).

BONNE CHANCE ET BON COURAGE !

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Golden rules for learning French

  • FOR EVERY HOUR IN CLASS, SPEND AT LEAST TWO HOURS STUDYING OUTSIDE OF CLASS.  For most people the most efficient foreign language study session is about 45 minutes.  Try to do at least three 45-minute sessions between classes.  Doing one of these sessions with a fellow student is recommended.
  • DO SOME FRENCH EVERY DAY.  Regular practice is important.  The best way to achieve this is to have a regular time when you study French.  
  • FORM A PRACTICE GROUP!  Meet for a study session every week or two.
  • GET EXTRA HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT.  Visit me during my office hours for extra help and practice.  You can also meet with the French tutor at the Academic Assistance Center.  In addition, your iLrn subscription comes with five hours of free online tutoring through NetTutor.
  • ASK ABOUT GRAMMAR.  If you don't understand a grammatical term, find out what it means.  If you want to buy a French grammar, I recommend Langenscheidt's Pocket French Grammar for beginners.  
  • STUDY ACTIVELY.  To develop communicative proficiency, be active!  Communication is action !  Don't just read and listen.  Open your mouth, repeat words, make notes, copy passages, invent mnemonic devices, memorize!  Try writing out the text of the lesson, saying it out loud as you do so.  The more active you are, the more you'll remember and the better you'll learn.
  • DO MORE THAN THE MINIMUM.  The more you put into the class, the more you'll get out of it.  Surfez le web en français!  Thanks to the Internet, it's never been easier to make French a part of your life.  For thousands of learning resources, go to my home page and click on "Tennessee Bob's French Links" and go from there.  Use the Language Resource Center. There are many more learning resources available there.  If you have a special interest in some aspect of French culture, let me know.