French 102 (Fall 2013)

FALL 2013: 

French 102 in ADMN-209 (MWF 9:15-10:20): 

Elementary French

Prof: Mark Jensen 
Office: ADMN-220 
Phone: (253) 535-7219 
Web page: 
Office hours: 
M 2:50 p.m.-3:50 p.m., W 2:50 p.m.-4:50 p.m., F 2:50 p.m.-4:50 p.m.

This syllabus is available on the web:


Required purchase:

  • Manley, Joan H., Stuart Smith, John T. McMinn, and Marc A. Prévost.  Horizons — with iLrn Heinle Learning Center 3-Semester Printed Access Card.  5th ed.  Heinle/Cengage Learning, 2012; ISBN: 978-1-111-69948-2.  When registering online for the course, use the course code PRF497. You will also need a book code, which comes with your purchased materials.
  • Morton, Jacqueline.  English Grammar for Students of French: The Study Guide for Those Learning French.  6th ed.  Olivia & Hill Press, 2009; ISBN 978-0934034371. 
  • Cuthbertson verb wheels: French. Houghton Miffliin, 1935; ISBN 9780669266740.

    Course goals

    This course continues to pursue the goals of French 101, of which it is a continuation.  Those who didn't take French 101 last semester (as well as those who did) should spend some time reviewing the Chapitre préliminaire and Chapters 1-5.  The chief goal of the course is to develop your communicative proficiency in French. When you complete this course, you should have the ability to communicate what you want to say in some basic situations that will be of use to you in any of the world's fifty-odd French-speaking countries.  You'll learn how to invite someone to go out, talk about how you spend your time, talk about the past in simple narrations, describe your daily routine, talk about relationships, tell what you did yesterday and what you used to do back in the day, describe the traits and characteristics of people you know, order at a restaurant, buy food, talk about meals and healthy lifesyle choices, decide where to go for a trip, prepare for travel, buy tickets, decide where to stay, go to the doctor, run errands while on a trip, and give directions.  An additional goal of the course is to give you some familiarity with some different Francophone cultures, including, par excellence, France.

    Most work in this class will be in French. Consider the classroom a zone in which the French language has priority.  Remember that it's always appropriate to say Comment dit-on « blablabla » en français ? when you can't think of a word or an expression or Qu'est-ce que « blablabla » veut dire [en anglais] ?) when you don't understand a word or an expression.

    Intensive work with the French language at this level will also give you new perspectives on your own native language (especially if you use Jacqueline Morton's English Grammar for Students of French and will also stimulate your reflection on language itself.

    In the fourteen weeks of this course, you will 1) work through the second half of a popular second-year French textbook and half of a systematic review of practical French vocabulary; 2) do a lot of exercises on the iLrn website; 3) view a video series in French called Les Stagiaires ('The Interns'), write (and turn in on Mondays to the professor) five short compositions, which you'll revise for the following week; (4) take a midterm and final exam; and (5) enjoy (on Fridays) a weekly French song.

    Activities in class will follow a predictable routine.  We'll spend six class sessions on each chapter.  Mondays and Wednesdays will be devoted to work on the mechanics of the language, and Fridays to work on reading, writing, and listening.

    We'll cover the last five chapters (6-10) in Horizons, and a final review chapter that reprises the entire textbook.  After Monday's and Wednesday's classes focusing on language, you'll review the material in the textbook and go online to the iLrn website to do exercises from the Student Activities Manual  Our course website will present the exercises as "due" a few days later, but you should do them as soon as possible after the class, and certainly before the next class.  Some of these are written exercises with right and wrong answers, some demand a little writing, some require you to listen to and answer questions, and some require you to make a brief recording (some could be done with a partner, but you'll be doing these on your own, playing both speaking roles if appropriate).  If your own computer is not equipped with a microphone, you'll need to do those in the Language Resource Center (3rd floor of the library) or at some other appropriately equipped device.

    In addition to these exercises, there are exercises in the textbook that we'll work on in class.  You should bring your copy of Horizons to every class.

    Beginning on Sept. 23, every Monday, except in the week of the midterm exam and in the last week of the class, you'll turn in a French composition—either a first draft or a revision.  The subjects and due dates of these compositions or rédactions are listed below.

    Class schedule

    Mon., Sept. 9

    No class: Opening Convocation.

    Wed., Sept. 11

    Chapter 6, §1.

    Fri., Sept. 13

    Chapter 6, pp. 228-29.  Song : Charles Aznavour, « La Bohème ».

    Mon., Sept. 16

    Chapter 6, §2.

    Wed., Sept. 18

    Chapter 6, §3.

    Fri., Sept. 20

    Chapter 6, pp. 246-51.  Song : 
    Bizet, « L'amour est enfant de Bohème » (de Carmen).

    Mon., Sept. 23

    Chapter 6, §4.  First composition due in class.

    Wed., Sept. 25

    Chapter 7, §1.

    Fri., Sept. 27

    CHAPTER 6 TEST.  Chapter 7, pp. 268-69.  Song : Admiral T, « Les mains en l'air » feat. Diam's.

    Mon., Sept. 30

    Chapter 7, §2.  Revision of first composition due in class.

    Wed., Oct. 2

    Chapter 7, §3.

    Fri., Oct. 4

    Chapter 7, pp. 290-95.  Song: 
    Zaho (avec Tunisiano), « La roue tourne ».

    Mon., Oct. 7

    Chapter 7, §4.  Second composition due in class.

    Wed., Oct. 9

    Chapter 8, §1.

    Fri., Oct. 11

    CHAPTER 7 TEST.  Chapter 8, pp. 312-13.  Song: « A la claire fontaine ».

    Mon., Oct. 14

    Chapter 8, §2.
      Revision of second composition due in class.

    Wed., Oct. 16

    Chapter 8, §3.

    Fri., Oct. 18

    Chapter 8, pp. 334-39.  Song:  Charles Aznavour, « Il faut savoir ».

    Mon., Oct. 21

    Chapter 8, §4.

    Wed., Oct. 23


    Fri., Oct. 25

    No class: Fall break.

    Mon., Oct. 28

    Chapter 9, §1.  Third composition due in class.

    Wed., Oct. 30

    Chapter 9, §2.

    Fri., Nov. 1

    Chapter 9, pp. 354-55.  Song: Stromae, « Alors on danse ».

    Mon., Nov. 4

    Chapter 9, §3.
      Revision of third composition due in class.

    Wed., Nov. 6

    Chapter 9, §4.

    Fri., Nov. 8

    Chapter 9, pp. 372-77.  Song: Jacques Brel, « Je ne sais pas ». 

    Mon., Nov. 11

    CHAPTER 9 TEST.  Chapter 10, §1.  Fourth composition due in class.

    Wed., Nov. 13

    Chapter 10, §2.

    Fri., Nov. 15

    Chapter 10, pp. 390-91.  Song:  Les Nubians, « Makéda ».

    Mon., Nov. 18

    Chapter 10, §3.
      Revision of fourth composition due in class.

    Wed., Nov. 20

    Chapter 10, §4.

    Fri., Nov. 22

    Chapter 10, pp. 410-15.  Song: MC Solaar, « Sauvez le monde ».

    Mon., Nov. 25

    CHAPTER 10 TEST.  Chapitre de révision.  Fifth composition due in class.

    Wed., Nov. 27

    Chapitre de révision.

    Fri., Nov. 29

    No class: Thanksgiving break.

    Mon., Dec. 2

    Chapitre de révision.
      Revision of fifth composition due in class.

    Wed., Dec. 4

    Chapitre de révision.

    Fri., Dec. 6

    Chapitre de révision.  Song: Édith Piaf, « Milord ».

    Mon., Dec. 9

    Review for final. In-class presentations.

    Wed., Dec. 11

    Review for final. In-class presentations.

    Fri., Dec. 13

    Review for final. In-class presentations. Song: Georges Moustaki, « Ma solitude ».
    * * * Homework schedule iLrn Heinle Learning Center exercises from the textbook are optional.  Assigned exercises from the Student Activities Manual should be done within a day or two of the class on the related subject (due dates are posted on the iLrn website).  After that, the site will no longer accept your work. 

    Recommended:  As you do exercises, keep the Cuthbertson verb wheel by your side to review verbs you've forgotten or with which you're not familiar.

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    Schedule of compositions

    NOTE: Composition, written or printed out are due in class (no email submissions accepted) on the Monday indicated.  Tripe-space and leave margins on all sides of at least an inch and a half (about 4 centimeters).  A revision of the composition based on my suggestions will be due the following Monday.

    Sept. 23: LE MEILLEUR OU LE PIRE FILM DU CINÉMA CETTE ANNÉE.  Horizons, p. 249. (One paragraph with at least six sentences.)

    Oct. 7: LE MATIN CHEZ MOI.  Horizons, p. 293. (One paragraph with at least 100 words.)

    Oct. 28: UNE CRITIQUE GASTRONOMIQUE.  Horizons, p. 337. (One paragraph with at least 100 words.)

    Nov. 11: UN ITINÉRAIRE, Mon., Nov. 11.  Horizons, p. 375. (Three paragraphs with a total of at least 125 words.)

    Nov. 25: IL FAUT CHANGER LE MONDE!  Horizons, p. 413. (Three paragraphs with a total of at least 150 words.)

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    Calculation of grades

    Your grade will be determined as follows:

    • 15% Participation
    • 15% Workbook exercises (QUIA/iLrn)
    • 15% Five compositions
    • 10% In-class presentation
    • 15% Best three grades from four chapter tests (Ch. 6, 7, 9, & 10)
    • 10% Midterm exam
    • 20% Final exam (date and time TBA).
    Comments on each of these components:
    Class participation
    Faithful attendance and diligent participation are essential.  Your attendance and participation will affect your grade.  Your participation will be evaluated as follows.  Your presence and participation in class will be evaluated after every class.  You will receive either 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4 for each class.  Zero means you were absent; 1 means either that you did not bring needed materials, or would or could not participate; 2 means that you scarcely participated or were not adequately prepared; 3 means that you participated in 'ordinary' fashion in class activities; and 4 means that you were well prepared and made commendable efforts at communicating in French.  At the end of the course the average of these scores will be calculated, and 15% of your grade will be determined by the result, on a conventional 4-point scale.
      Workbook exercises
      The workbook exercises will be submitted online via the iLrn Heinle Learning Center on the iLrn website.  It is your responsibility to monitor the assignments on this site and to keep up with the exercises that are due.  Check back periodically for my corrections.
        Compositions may be handwritten or prepared on a word processor.  They should be triple-spaced, with one-and-one-half inch margins (4 cm) on all sides of the page.  A printed or handwritten physical copy must be handed in, in class (no email submissions accepted).  They will be handed back with partial corrections for revision, the revision being due in class on Monday of the following week.
          In-class presentations
          At the end of the semester you'll make an oral presentation to the class.  Your performance in this presentation will determine 10% of your grade.
            Chapter tests
            There will be four chapter tests (Chapters 6, 7, 9, and 10).  Each will test your listening comprehension and your knowledge of vocabulary as well as your assimilation of the structures studied in the preceding week's lesson. Your best three grades on these four tests will determine another 15% of your final grade.
            Comprehensive tests
            There will be a mid-term exam on Wednesday, Oct. 23, which will cover chapters 6-8 of Horizons.  This will determine 10% of your grade.  A final exam (date and time TBA) will determine 20% of your final grade.

            NOTE: Students must not cheat or plagiarize, and they must not condone these behaviors or assist others who plagiarize.  In work in a foreign language, this includes reliance on machine (i.e. computer) translation.  Academic misconduct jeopardizes the career of the individual student involved, and also undermines the scholastic achievements of all PLU students in the sense that it attacks the mission of this institution.  It should go without saying that students are responsible for doing their own work, thereby insuring the integrity of their academic records.  In addition, civil conversation is central to the university's academic enterprise and guided by faculty expertise.  The university is committed to protecting the rights of community members to engage in dialogue and express ideas in an environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, and exploitation.  This freedom of expression does not, however, entail the freedom to threaten, stalk, intimidate, harass, or abuse.  Students are therefore expected to treat every individual with respect and civility.  (See Student Code of Conduct, p. 12)  An additional note:  If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.  If you have questions concerning the services available for students with disabilities at PLU, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services, x7206.


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