French 102 in INGR-122 (MWF 9:15-10:20): Elementary French

Prof: Mark Jensen
Office: ADMN-220
Phone: (253) 535-7219
E-mail: jensenmk@plu.edu
Web page: www.plu.edu/~jensenmk/
Office hours: MWF 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


Required purchase:

  • Manley et al. Horizons. + iLrn Printed Access Card.  6th ed.  Cengage, 2015; ISBN 9781305121690.

Course goals

This course is a continuation of French 101, and completes the first-year sequence in French.  Students who didn't take French 101 last semester should spend some time reviewing the Chapitre préliminaire and Chapters 1-4.  The chief goal of the course is to develop your communicative proficiency in French.   When you complete this course, you'll be able to communicate what you want to say in some basic situations in a way 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 do something, talk about how you spend your time, describe the past in a simple narration, 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 food in a restaurant or buy food in a store, talk about meals and healthy lifestyle 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.  In the classroom, the French language has priority, though English will be used now and then.  At any time it's appropriate for you to say Comment dit-on « X » en français ? when you can't think of a word or an expression or Qu'est-ce que « X » veut dire [en anglais] ? (or Que veut dire « X » ? ) when you don't understand a word or an expression.

Intensive work with French at this level will also give you new perspectives on your relation to your own native language (especially if you consult Jacqueline Morton's English Grammar for Students of French, though this is not required) and will also make you think about the amazing phenomenon of 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 every other Monday to the professor six short compositions, which you'll then revise during the following week; (4) study a popular French song every Friday; and (5) take a midterm and final exam.

Activities in class will follow a predictable routine.  We'll spend six class sessions on each chapter.  The first four classes dealing with a chapter will each deal with a Compétence, the word our textbook uses for an intra-chapter unit.  The last two classes for each chapter will review this material and put it to use in more realistic contexts, both in the video series Les Stagiaires and in discussion of cultural comparisons.

We'll cover the last six chapters (5-10) in Horizons.  For each of the Compétence, you should study the material indicated in the Class Schedule below before class, using the eText version of the textbook to hear and practice pronunciation.  In class we'll go over the material and work through the exercises in the textbook.  After class, you'll do some assigned online exercises in the Student Activities Manual (not the textbook).  These exercises will be due before the next class.  Note that between classes covering Compétence 1 and Compétence 2, between Compétence 2 and Compétence 3, and between Compétence 3 and Compétence 4, you'll be required both to do exercises for the preceding section and prepare the next section.  Preferably, you should do these tasks on different days.  Some of these are written exercises with right and wrong answers, some require a little writing, and some require you to listen to and answer questions.  

These assigned homework exercises are all in the Student Activities Manual.  We'll work on the exercises in the textbook in class.  You need to have a copy of Horizons available in every class.

Beginning on Sept. 14, every Monday, except in the week of the midterm exam, you'll turn in a French composition—either a first draft or a revision.  The subjects and due dates of these compositions or rédactions derive from exercises in the textbook and are listed below.

Class Schedule

Wed., Sept. 9

(1) Introductions and what sociologist Erving Goffman (not French) would call presentations of self.  (2) Discussion of course, study methods, and expectations for the course—yours and mine—in English, for the sake of clarity.  (3) Review of early episodes of Les Stagiaires.  (4) Review exercises.  

Fri., Sept. 11

Prepare before class: Chapter 5, Compétence 1, pp. 182-87.   Song: Zaz, « Je veux ». 

Mon., Sept. 14

Prepare before class: Chapter 5, Compétence 2, pp. 188-93.       

Wed., Sept. 16

Prepare before class: Chapter 5, Compétence 3, pp. 194-99.

Fri., Sept. 18

Prepare before class: Chapter 5, Compétence 4, pp. 200-05.   Song: Louane, « Jour 1 ».

Mon., Sept. 21

Les Stagiaires, Épisode 5, pp. 206-07.   
Chapter 5, Comparaisons culturelles, pp. 210-11.

Wed., Sept.. 23

Prepare before class: Chapter 6, Compétence 1, pp. 224-29.

Fri., Sept. 25

Prepare before class: Chapter 6, Compétence 2, pp. 230-35.   Song: Renan Luce, « La lettre ».

Mon., Sept. 28

Prepare before class: Chapter 6, Compétence 3, pp. 236-41.

Wed., Sept. 30

Prepare before class: Chapter 6, Compétence 4, pp. 242-45.

Fri., Oct. 2

Les Stagiaires, Épisode 6, pp. 246-47.  Song: « A la claire fontaine » (traditional).

Mon., Oct. 5

Chapter 6, Comparaisons culturelles, pp. 250-51.

Wed., Oct. 7

Prepare before class: Chapter 7, Compétence 1, pp. 262-69.

Fri., Oct. 9

Prepare before class: Chapter 7, Compétence 2, pp. 270-77.  Song: George Bizet, « L'amour est un oiseau rebelle », from Carmen.

Mon., Oct. 12

Prepare before class: Chapter 7, Compétence 3, pp. 278-83.

Wed., Oct. 14

Prepare before class: Chapter 7, Compétence 4, pp. 284-87.

Fri., Oct. 16

Les Stagiaires, Épisode 7, pp. 288-89.  Song: Lisa Leblanc, « Ma vie c'est de la marde ».

Mon., Oct. 19

Chapter 7, Comparaisons culturelles, pp. 294-95.

Wed., Oct. 21

Review for midterm

Fri., Oct. 23

No class — Mid-semester break.

Mon., Oct. 26


Wed., Oct. 28

Prepare before class: Chapter 8, Compétence 1, pp. 304-13. 

Fri., Oct. 30

Prepare before class: Chapter 8, Compétence 2, pp. 314-21.  Song: George Brassens, « Les amoureux du banc public ».

Mon., Nov. 2

Prepare before class: Chapter 8, Compétence 3, pp. 322-27.

Wed., Nov. 4

Prepare before class: Chapter 8, Compétence 4, pp. 328-33. 

Fri., Nov. 6

Les Stagiaires, Épisode 8, pp. 334-35.  Song: Jacques Brel, « Madeleine ».

Mon., Nov. 9

Chapter 8, Comparaisons culturelles, pp. 338-39.

Wed., Nov. 11

Prepare before class: Chapter 9, Compétence 1, pp. 350-55.

Fri., Nov. 13

Prepare before class: Chapter 9, Compétence 2, pp. 356-61.  Song: Joe Dassin, « Aux Champs-Élysées ».

Mon., Nov. 16

Prepare before class: Chapter 9, Compétence 3, pp. 362-67.   

Wed., Nov. 18

Prepare before class: Chapter 9, Compétence 4, pp. 368-71.

Fri., Nov. 20

Les Stagiaires, Épisode 9, pp. 372-73.   Song: Zaho, « La roue tourne ».

Mon., Nov. 23

Chapter 9, Comparaisons culturelles, pp. 376-77.

Wed., Nov. 25

Film: Le ballon rouge (1956) by Albert Lamorisse.  

Fri., Nov. 27

No class ; Thanksgiving break.

Mon., Nov. 30

Prepare before class: Chapter 10, Compétence 1, pp. 386-91.

Wed., Dec. 2

Prepare before class: Chapter 10, Compétence 2, pp. 392-97.  

Fri., Dec. 4

Prepare before class: Chapter 10, Compétence 3, pp. 398-405.  Song: Nolwenn Leroy, « Juste pour me souvenir ».

Mon., Dec. 7

Prepare before class: Chapter 10, Compétence 4, pp. 406-09.    

Wed., Dec. 9

Les Stagiaires, Épisode 10, pp. 410-11.  Review for final exame.

Fri., Dec. 11

Chapter 10, Comparaisons culturelles, pp. 414-15.  Review for final exam.  Song: Édith Piaf, « Non, je ne regrette rien ».

Tues., Dec. 15, 8:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m.


Workbook exercise schedule

The Student Activities Manual for Horizons is online at the iLrn website.  You should create a Heinle Learning Center Account (if you do not already have one) on the website http://ilrn.heinle.com, then enter the book key and course code for this class (CAN787).to complete the enrollment process.  See the sheet handed out on the first day of class for details.  The dashboard of your Heinle Learning Center Account presents the schedule of exercises to be completed.  Some exercises call for working with a partner; instead, please perform all roles yourself.

About four exercises have been assigned for each Compétence ; to receive credit, students must complete them before the next class.  

Schedule of compositions

You'll write six 100-word compositions for this class.  The first drafts are due on Sept. 14, Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Nov. 2, Nov. 16, and Dec. 7.  I'll hand these back with indications to help you correct and improve them, and you'll turn in the revised composition on the following Monday, one week later.  Both the first draft and the final composition will be graded, but only the second grade contributes to your final grade.  The compositions must be turned in as a physical object in class; compositions may not be submitted via email.

Triple-space your work and leave large margins of at least three centimeters on each side.  Leave a margin of six centimeters at the top of the first page of your text. 

Mon., Sept. 14.  Subject: Comprehension question #4 (Horizons, p. 211).

Mon., Sept. 28.  Subject:  Compréhension question #3 (Horizons, p. 251). 

Mon., Oct. 12.  Subject:  Composition (Horizons, p. 293) : Décrivez votre routine du matin. 

Mon., Nov. 2:  Subject: Compréhension question #1 (Horizons, p. 339).

Mon., Nov. 16:  Subject:  Compréhension question #8 (Horizons, p. 377).

Mon., Dec. 7:  Subject:  Compréhension question #1 (Horizons, p. 415).

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Calculation of grades

Your grade will be determined as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 30% Workbook exercises
  • 20% Six compositions
  • 10% Midterm exam
  • 20% Final exam (Dec. 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:50 p.m.)
Comments on each of these components:
Class participation
Attendance and participation are essential.  Your attendance and participation will affect your grade.  Your participation 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 didn’t participate much or were inadequately prepared; 3 means that you participated in “ordinary” fashion in class activities; and 4 means that you were well prepared and made notable efforts to communicate in French.  At the end of the course the average of these scores will be calculated.
    Workbook exercises
    The workbook exercises will graded online.  It is your responsibility to monitor the assignments on the iLrn website, to keep up with the exercises that are due, and to check the corrections.  To facilitate your work, do all roles in recording exercises designed for partnering.  NOTE: Your work on workbook exercises is the most heavily weighted factor in calculating your grade!
      Your compositions may be handwritten or printed from a computer.  In either case, they should be submitted triple-spaced, with wide 1.2-inch margins (3 cm) on all sides of the page.  NOTE: A printed, physical copy must be handed in, in class. Email submissions are NOT acceptable.  If for some reason you are unable to hand in a composition in class, late submissions should be place in my mailbox in ADMN-220, preferably before 5:00 p.m. on the day on which they are due.  Compositions will be returned with a grade that will contribute to the total composition grade, as explained above.
        Comprehensive tests
        There will be a mid-term exam on Mon., Oct. 26, which will cover the grammar and vocabulary in chapters 5, 6, and 7 of Horizons  There will also be an oral component.  This exam will count for 10% of your final grade.  A final exam (Dec. 15 at 8:00 a.m.) will cover Chapters 5-10 of Horizons.  There will also be an oral component of this exam.  The final exam will count for 20% of your final grade.

        NOTE: Students must not cheat or plagiarize, and they must not condone these behaviors or assist others who plagiarize.  This includes reliance on machines (i.e. computers) to translate sentences from English to French.  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.  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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