French 102 in ADMN-209 (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 review the Chapitre préliminaire and Chapters 1-4.  The chief goal of this 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 French in some basic situations:  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.  It's always appropriate for you to say Comment dit-on « X » en français ? when you can't think of a word or an expression, or to say Qu'est-ce que « X » veut dire [en anglais] ? (or Que veut dire « X » ? ) when you don't understand a word or an expression.  Take a minute right now to practice saying these questions, and keep practicing them on a daily basis throughout the semester.

Intensive work with French at this level will give you interesting new perspectives on 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 phenomenon of language itself.

In the fourteen weeks of this course, you will 1) work through the second half of a second-year French textbook; 2) do exercises on the iLrn website; 3) view a video series in French called Les Stagiaires ('The Interns'); (4) write and turn in every other Monday a short composition, which you'll then revise during the following week; (5) study a popular French song every Friday; and (6) take a midterm and final exam.

Activities in class will follow a predictable routine.  We'll spend five or, more often, six class sessions on each chapter.  Each of the first four classes dealing with a chapter will each cover what the textbook calls a Compétence (i.e. an intra-chapter unit).  The last classes for each chapter will review this material and use it 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 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 some of the exercises in the textbook.  After class, you'll do some assigned online exercises in the Student Activities Manual (not the textbook!).  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 exercises should be completed 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 are both to do the exercises for the preceding section and prepare the next section.  Ideally, you'll do these tasks on different days.  

Again, all the assigned homework exercises are in the Student Activities Manual.  It is in class that we'll work on the exercises in the textbook.  You therefore need to have your copy of Horizons with you in class.

Beginning on Feb. 22, 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

Mon., Feb. 8

  • (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, in English, for the sake of clarity.  (3) Review of early episodes of Les Stagiaires.  (4) Review exercises.  

Wed., Feb. 10

  • Prepare before class: Chapter 5, Compétence 1, pp. 182-87. 

Fri., Feb. 12

  • Prepare before class: Chapter 5, Compétence 2, pp. 188-93.   Song: Zaz, « Je veux ».       

Mon., Feb. 15


Wed., Feb. 17

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

Fri., Feb. 19

  • Prepare before class: Chapter 5, Compétence 4, pp. 200-05.   Les Stagiaires, Épisode 5, pp. 206-07.   Chapter 5, Comparaisons culturelles, pp. 210-11.  Song: Louane, « Jour 1 ».

Mon., Feb. 22

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

Wed., Feb. 24

  • Prepare before class: Chapter 6, Compétence 2, pp. 230-35.   

Fri., Feb. 26

  • Prepare before class: Chapter 6, Compétence 3, pp. 236-41.  Song: Renan Luce, « La lettre ».

Mon., Feb. 29

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

Wed., Mar. 2

  • Les Stagiaires, Épisode 6, pp. 246-47.  

Fri., Mar. 4

  • Chapter 6, Comparaisons culturelles, pp. 250-51.  Song: « A la claire fontaine » (traditional).

Mon., Mar. 7

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

Wed., Mar. 9

  • Prepare before class: Chapter 7, Compétence 2, pp. 270-77.  

Fri., Mar. 11

  • Prepare before class: Chapter 7, Compétence 3, pp. 278-83.  Song: George Bizet, « L'amour est un oiseau rebelle », from Carmen.

Mon., Mar. 14

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

Wed., Mar. 16

  • Les Stagiaires, Épisode 7, pp. 288-89.  

Fri., Mar. 18

  • Chapter 7, Comparaisons culturelles, pp. 294-95.  Song: Lisa Leblanc, « Ma vie c'est de la marde ».

Mon., Mar. 21

  • Review for midterm.

Wed., Mar. 23


Mon., Apr. 4

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

Wed., Apr. 6

  • Prepare before class: Chapter 8, Compétence 2, pp. 314-21.

Fri., Apr. 8

  • Prepare before class: Chapter 8, Compétence 3, pp. 322-27.  Song: George Brassens, « Les amoureux du banc public ».

Mon., Apr. 11

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

Wed., Apr. 13

  • Les Stagiaires, Épisode 8, pp. 334-35.

Fri., Apr. 15

  • Chapter 8, Comparaisons culturelles, pp. 338-39.  Song: Jacques Brel, « Madeleine ».

Mon., Apr. 18

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

Wed., Apr. 20

  • Prepare before class: Chapter 9, Compétence 2, pp. 356-61.

Fri., Apr. 22

  • Prepare before class: Chapter 9, Compétence 3, pp. 362-67.  Song: Joe Dassin, « Aux Champs-Élysées ».   

Mon., Apr. 25

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

Wed., Apr. 27

  • Les Stagiaires, Épisode 9, pp. 372-73.

Fri., Apr. 29

  • Chapter 9, Comparaisons culturelles, pp. 376-77.   Song: Zaho, « La roue tourne ».

Mon., May 2

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

Wed., May 4

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

Fri., May 6

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

Mon., May 9

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

Wed., May 11

  • Les Stagiaires, Épisode 10, pp. 410-11. 

Fri., May 13

  • Chapter 10, Comparaisons culturelles, pp. 414-15.  Review for final exam.  Song: Édith Piaf, « Non, je ne regrette rien ».
Mon., May 16
  • Review & Fauteuils d'orchestre (1st part).
Wed., May 18
  • Review & Fauteuils d'orchestre (2nd part).
Fri., May 20
  • Review & Fauteuils d'orchestre (3rd part).

Tues., May 24, 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 (XBGDRT944).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.  Note that 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 by the end of the day before the next class.  

Schedule of compositions

You'll write six 100-word compositions for this class.  The first drafts are due on Feb. 22, Mar. 7, Mar. 21, Apr. 11, Apr. 25, and May 9.  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 counts.  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., Feb. 22:  Subject: Answer Compréhension question 2 (Horizons, p. 211).
  • Mon., Mar. 7:  Subject:  Answer Compréhension question 1 (Horizons, p. 251). 
  • Mon., Mar. 21:  Subject:  Present answers to Compréhension questions 1-5 in a single paragraph that summarizes Ionesco's story (Horizons, pp. 290-93). 
  • Mon., Apr. 11:  Subject:  Answer Compréhension question 2 (Horizons, p. 339).
  • Mon., Apr. 25:  Subject:  Answer Compréhension question 5 (Horizons, p. 377).
  • Mon., May 9:  Subject:  Answer 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 (May 24 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.  Participation will be evaluated after every class.  You will receive either 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4 for each class: 0 for an unexcused absence; 1 if  you did not bring needed materials or did not participate; 2 if  you only participated minimally or were inadequately prepared; 3 if you participated in “ordinary” fashion in class activities; 4 if you were well prepared and made notable efforts to communicate in French.  At the end of the course the mean of these scores will be your participation grade.
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, play 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 placed in my mailbox in ADMN-220, preferably before 5:00 p.m. on the day they're due.  Compositions will be returned with a grade, but only the grade of the final version counts.
Comprehensive tests
There will be a mid-term exam on Mon., Mar. 23, covering grammar and vocabulary in chapters 5, 6, and 7 of Horizons.  The exam will also have an oral component.  Your grade on this exam will count for 10% of your final grade.  There will be a final exam  on Tues., May 24, at 8:00 a.m., covering Chapters 5-10 of Horizons.  The exam will also have an oral component.  Your grade on the final will count for 20% of your final grade.
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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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