French 302 in INGR-122 (MWF 11:15-12:20): Advanced 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:

  • Batchelor, R.E. & M.H. Offord, Using French: A Guide to Contemporary Usage. Third edition.  Cambridge University Press, 1993.  ISBN 9780521645935,
  • Leroy-Miquel, Claire & Anne Goliot-Lété. Vocabulaire progressif du français avec 250 exercices : Niveau intermédiaire. CLE International, 2007; ISBN 9782090338720.
  • Rochat, Denise. Contrastes : Grammaire du français courant. Second edition. Prentice Hall, 2009; ISBN 9780205646999.
  • Rochat, Denise Workbook for Contrastes : Grammaire du français courant. With Catherine Bloom. Second edition. Prentice Hall, 2009; ISBN 9780205628483.
  • Sadoul, ed. La dimension fantastique - 3 : Dix nouvelles de Gustave Flaubert à Alexandro Jodorowsky. Librio, 1999; ISBN 9782290334706.

Course goals

This course is part of a sequence that includes French 301, offered in the fall semester.

The goals of French 302, like French 301, are:  1) improving your understanding of the elements of grammar you've been working on for several years now; 2) enlarging and refining your vocabulary in French in a systematic way; 3) developing your ability to speak and write effectively in ways that French-speaking people actually use; (4) deepening your understanding of the mysterious ways of the French language, as well as the ways of language itself; 5) to interest you in the cultural, social, and intellectual dimensions of French.

Second, French 302 seeks to give you glimpses of both the historically important and allegedly universal values associated with French culture at a time that they are being severely tested in their country of origin.

Third, this course aspires to instill in you a desire to: 1) better analyze and compare ideas and opinions; 2) deepen your relationship to imaginative works; and 3) probe assumptions — your own and those of others —, reflect upon different perspectives, evaluate and explain different viewpoints on complex issues, and defend judgments. 

During the fourteen weeks of this course, you will 1) work through about half of a rigorous presentation of French grammar and workbook at an advanced level ; 2) study a classic French film (Les enfants du paradis); 3) read a series of short stories in the genre of le fantastique; (4) make presentations in French; and 5) talk with the class about a half-hour conversation you had with a French-speaker from another country.

This semester I've decided to give to each student a copy of the Collins French Concise Dictionary (5th U.S. ed., 2010), which you may keep.  The lexicographical material in the dictionary is also available online.  I hope you'll keep this dictionary at your side as your read and write.  It includes an extensive grammatical apparatus that you will find useful.

Activities in class will conform to a weekly routine.

Almost every class will begin with a attention to Vocabulaire progressif and Batchelor & Offord's Using French; you should review the day's pages beforehand, prepare the exercises, and bring the books to class every day.  

On Mondays and Wednesdays, this will be followed by grammatical material.  You'll have assigned pages to study in the grammar text in preparation for the class.  Every Wednesday and Friday, five workbook exercises will be due, covering the sections discussed in previous class.  In addition, on Mondays a short written composition (or, on the following week, the revision of the previous week's composition) will be due in class.

Fridays will be devoted to works of literature and a few minutes of film: one of the short stories in the assigned anthology, followed by two "chapters" (about 15 minutes) of Les enfants du paradis, often proclaimed to be the best French film ever made..  

Another element in the class is an all-in-French conversation with a native French speaker who lives abroad. This will be conducted through a web-based service called Talk Abroad, which started up some years ago and is used by many universities. You'll be required to pay for a half-hour conversation during the tenth week of the class with an individual you'll choose and at a time that you'll schedule on your own at the beginning of April. You should have this conversation during the week of April 20-24. You'll discuss your conversation with the class on April 27 or 29. The Section Code you should use on this website for our course is Jense2015-335578.  The theme of the conversation will be the meaning of life and reasons for living.  You should register on the Talk Abroad website and schedule your first conversation as soon as you can, but at least a month before. The cost to you should be $15. Conversations no longer involve logging into Skype. You'll only need to log into your TalkAbroad account using the Google Chrome browser, and you'll be prompted to enter a conference room. Your partner will record the conversation and later upload it to the website, so that I can have access to it. You can cancel and reschedule your conversation up to 12 hours before the conversation time.

Class schedule

Wed., Feb. 4

(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. Some English, for the sake of clarity. (3)  Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 46-47.  (4) Review of the notion of register as it affects vocabulary and grammar (read or reread on your own pp. 1-12 in Using French, explaining the concepts of registre familier, registre normal, and registre soutenu). (5) Review exercises.   

Fri., Feb 6

(1)  Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 48-49.  (2) Victor Hugo, Le diable chiffonnier, pp. 41-47 in La dimension fantastique - 3.  (3) Les enfants du paradis, directed by Marcel Carné, screenplay by Jacques Prévert : Première époque : Chapter 1 (Les crédits) and Chapter 2 (Le Boulevard du crime)

Mon., Feb. 9

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 50-51.  (2) Using French, pp. 31-34. (3) Rochat, §§7.1-5, L'appartenance, pp. 91-95. 

Wed., Feb. 11

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 52-53.  (2) Using French, pp. 35-37.  (3) Rochat, §§7.6-8, L'appartenance (suite), pp. 96-99.

Fri., Feb. 13

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 54-55.  (2) Using French, pp. 37-38.  (3) Alexandre Dumas, Le bracelet de cheveux, pp. 49-56 in La dimension fantastique - 3. (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 3 (Lacenaire et son ange gardien) and Chapter 4 (Baptiste sauve Garance).

Mon., Feb. 16


Wed., Feb. 18

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 56-59.  (2) Using French, pp. 38-44.  (3) Rochat, §§10.1-4, Le participe présent, pp. 128-33.

Fri., Feb. 20

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 60-63.  (2) Using French, pp. 44-51.  (3) Oscar Wilde, Le prince heureux, pp. 57-66 in La dimension fantastique - 3.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 5 (Les coulisses des Funambules) and Chapter 6 (Chaos sur la scène).   

Mon., Feb. 23

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 64-65.  (2) Using French, pp. 129-30.  (3) Rochat, §§10.5-10, L'accord du participe passé, pp. 133-38.

Wed., Feb. 25

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 66-67.  (2) Using French, pp. 131-32.  (3) Rochat, §§12.1-10, Le subjonctif, pp. 155-63.

Fri., Feb. 27

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 68-69.  (2) Using French, pp. 133-34.  (3) Claude Farrère, Les deux masques de cire, pp. 67-71 in La dimension fantastique - 3.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 7 (Baptiste et Nathalie) and Chapter 8 (Frédéric Lemaître).

Mon., Mar. 2

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 70-71.  (2) Using French, pp. 134-40.  (3) Rochat, §§12.11-17, Le subjonctif (suite), pp. 164-69.

Wed., Mar. 4

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 72-75.  (2) Using French, pp. 141-46.  (3) Rochat, §§13.1-9, L'infinitif, pp. 170-80.

Fri., Mar. 6

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 76-77.  (2) Using French, pp. 146-53.  (3) Marcel Brion, La corne de corail, pp. 73-87 in La dimension fantastique - 3.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 9 (Chez Madame Hermine) and Chapter 10 (Baptiste et l'aveugle).  

Mon., Mar. 9

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 78-79.  (2) Using French, pp. 153-54.  (3) Rochat, §§15.1-3, Le discours indirect au passé, pp. 192-200.

Wed., Mar. 11

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 80-83.  (2) Using French, pp. 155-56.  (3) Rochat, §§15.4-7, Le discours indirect au passé (suite), pp. 200-04.

Fri., Mar. 13

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 84-85.  (2) Using French, pp. 156-57.  (3) Arthur Porges, 1 dollar 98, pp. 89-94 in La dimension fantastique - 3.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 11 (Rouge gorge) and Chapter 12 (Baptiste combattif).

Mon., Mar. 16

(1) Student presentations.  (2) Midterm review.

Wed., Mar. 18

(1) Student presentations.  (2) Midterm review.

Fri., Mar. 20


Mon., Mar. 30

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 124-27. (2) Using French, pp. 157-63.  (3) Rochat, §§16.1-7, Les pronoms relatifs simples et composés, pp. 205-16.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 13 (L'amour est si simple) [4:50].

Wed., Apr. 1

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 128-31. (2) Rochat, §§16.8-13, Les modes dans la subordonnée relative and Les pronoms démonstratifs dans la subordonnée relative, pp. 216-22.  (3) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 14 (Baptiste perd courage) and Chapter 15 (Paris est petit) [5:05].

Fri., Apr. 3


Mon., Apr. 6

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 132-33.  (2) Using French, pp. 167-69. (3) Rochat, §§17.1-7, L'expression du temps, pp. 226-35.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 16 (Sur la scène aux Funambules) [5:50].

Wed., Apr. 8

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 134-37.  (2) Using French, pp. 167-69.  (3) Rochat, §§17.8-13 L'expression du temps (suite), pp. 236-41.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 17 (Nathalie parle) [4:45]. 

Fri., Apr. 10

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 138-39.  (2) Fredric Brown, Du sang!, pp. 95-96 in La dimension fantastique - 3.  (3) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 18 (L'espoir perdure) and Chapter 19 (Frédérick et Garance) [7:10].

Mon., Apr. 13

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 140-41.  (2) Using French, pp. 169-72.  (3) Rochat, §§18.1-4, La voix passive, pp. 242-47.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 20 (Le comte de Montray) [4:45].

Wed., Apr. 15

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 142-45.  (2) Using French, pp. 172-74.  (3) Rochat, §§18.5-12, Autres moyens d'exprimer le passif tout en l'évitant, pp. 248-54.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 21 (Un homme plein de haine) [3:20].

Fri., Apr. 17

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 146-47.  (2) Using French, pp. 174-75.  (3) Ray Bradbury, Le vent, pp. 97-108 in La dimension fantastique - 3.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 22 (Des criminels au travail) and Chapter 23 (Une erreur judiciaire) [7:10] (end of the Première époque).

Mon., Apr. 20

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 156-57.  (2) Using French, pp. 175-76.  (3) Rochat, §§19.1-10, Le comparatif ; le superlatif, pp. 256-67.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Deuxième époque, Chapter 3 (L'homme en blanc) [5:00].

Wed., Apr. 22

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 158-61.  (2) Using French, p. 177-78.  (3) Rochat, §§19.11-17, Les comparatifs et superlatifs irréguliers ; autres façons d'exprimer la comparaison, pp. 267-76.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 4 (Répéter avec les auteurs) [4:10].

Fri., Apr. 24

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 162-63.  (2) Using French, pp. 178-79.  (3) Alejandro Jodorowsky, Les frères siamois, pp. 109-13 in La dimension fantastique - 3.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 5 (Improvisation de première) and Chapter 6 (Frédérick rencontre Lacenaire) [11:00].   

Mon., Apr. 27

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 164-65.  (2) Using French, pp. 179-82.  (3) Rochat, §§20.1-5, Les indéfinis, pp. 276-82.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 7 (Duel) and Chapter 8 (Garance a changé) [6:15].

Wed., Apr. 29

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 166-67.  (2) Using French, pp. 182-88.  (3) Rochat, §§20.6-12, Les indéfinis (suite), pp. 282-88.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 9 (Baptiste joue) [4:35].

Fri., May 1

(1) Vocabulaire progressif, pp. 168-69.  (2) Using French, pp. 188-91.  (3) Gustave Flaubert, Rêve d'enfer, §§ I-V, pp. 9-28 in La dimension fantastique - 3.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 10 (Frédéric est jaloux) and Chapter 11 (Réunion en coulisse) [9:00].  

Mon., May 4

(1) Using French, pp. 191-92.  (2) Student presentations.  (3) Rochat, §§20.13-18, Les indéfinis (suite), pp. 288-96.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 12 (Oui, je suis toute seule) [2:45].

Wed., May 6

(1) Using French, pp. 193-94.  (2) Student presentations.  (3) Rochat, §§20.19-21, Les indéfinis (suite), pp. 296-303.  (4) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 13 (Une visite de Lacenaire) [7:05].

Fri., May 8

(1) Using French, p. 194.  (2) Gustave Flaubert, Rêve d'enfer, §§ VI-X, pp. 28-39 in La dimension fantastique - 3.  (3) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 14 (Garance et le comte) and Chapter 15 (Baptiste se cache du monde) [8:35].

Mon., May 11

(1) Review for final exam.  (2) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 16 (Frédérick joue Othello) and Chapter 17 (Baptiste et Garance réunis) [7:10].

Wed., May 13

(1) Review for final exam.  (2) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 18 (Tout le monde est jaloux) and Chapter 19 (Garance avait raison) [7:30].

Fri., May 15

(1) Review for final exam.  (2) Les enfants du paradis : Chapter 20 (Au bain), Chapter 21 (Nathalie intervient) and Chapter 22 (Perdue au carnaval) [11:40].



Workbook exercise schedule

Five workbook exercises should be turned in in class on the Wednesdays and Fridays (and the Monday after Easter) indicated below.  You'll get the most out of them if you attempt them only after carefully studying the relevant sections in Contrastes.  Only five exercises are required per assignment; the others are optional, but are worth doing, especially if you find the grammatical point it focuses on difficult.  If you do additional exercises, turn them and I'll be happy to correct them.  (NOTE: My preference is that you write out the answers to the exercises in complete sentences and turn them in on notebook paper, rather than filling in the blanks.  This takes more time, but is better for your learning and allows you to do the exercises again to review.  However, I'll also accept torn-out workbook pages.  Not acceptable, however, are lists of the answers to the exercises.)

Wed., Feb. 11. Turn in exercises 7-1, 7-2, 7-3, 7-4, and 7-6.

Fri., Feb. 13. Turn in exercises 7-7, 7-8, 7-9, 7-10, and 7-11..

Fri., Feb. 20. Turn in exercises 10-2, 10-5, 10-6, 10-7, and 10-9.

Wed., Feb. 25. Turn in exercises 10-10, 10-12, 10-13, 10-15, and 10-18.

Fri., Feb. 27. Turn in exercises 12-2, 12-5, 12-7, 12-13, and 12-15.

Wed., Mar. 4. Turn in exercises 12-20, 12-22, 12-24, 12-25, and 12-27.

Fri., Mar 6. Turn in exercises 13-3, 13-4, 13-7, 13-9, and 13-13.

Wed., Mar. 11. Turn in exercises 15-1, 15-3, 15-5, 15-6, and 15-8.

Fri., Mar. 13. Turn in exercises 15-9, 15-10, 15-14, 15-16, and 15-18.

Wed., Apr. 1. Turn in exercises 16-6, 16-7, 16-9, 16-11, and 16-19.

Mon. Apr. 6. Turn in exercises 16-23, 16-24, 16-25, 16-26, and 16-29.

Wed., Apr. 8. Turn in exercises 17-1, 17-2, 17-4, 17-7, and 17-8.

Fri., Apr. 10. Turn in exercises 17-13, 17-14, 17-15, 17-16, and 17-17.

Wed., Apr. 15. Turn in exercises 18-3, 18-4, 18-5, 18-8, and 18-9.

Fri., Apr. 17. Turn in exercises 18-12, 18-13, 18-14, 18-15, and 18-17.

Wed., Apr. 22. Turn in exercises 19-1, 19-2, 19-3, 19-6, and 19-8.

Fri., Apr. 24. Turn in exercises 19-9, 19-10, 19-11, 19-12, and 19-13.

Wed., Apr. 29. Turn in exercises 20-1, 20-2, 20-3, 20-4, and 20-5.

Fri., May 1. Turn in exercises 20-6, 20-7, 20-8, 20-9, and 20-11. 

Wed., May 6.  Turn in exercises 20-12, 20-13, 20-14, 20-15, and 20-16.

Wed., May 8. Turn in exercises 20-17, 20-18, 20-19, 20-20, and 20-22.

Schedule of compositions

NOTE: The first drafts of these compositions are due in class (no email submissions accepted) on the day indicated. The final, corrected version is due in class one week later (except for the first composition, which is due two weeks later). Compositions should be 300-400  words in length.  Triple-space and leave margins on all sides of at least one inch (2.54 centimeters).

Mon. Feb. 9 : Faites votre autoportrait (physique, intellectuelle, moral, ou métaphorique).  

Mon., Mar. 2 : Quel est l'animal le plus important de votre pays ?

Mon., Mar. 16 : Créez une explication humoristique d'une expression idiomatique française.

Mon., Apr. 6 : Est-ce que le père Noël existe ?

Mon., Apr. 20 : On passe beaucoup de temps à discuter des événements sportifs.  Est-ce du temps perdu ?.

Mon., May 4 : D'accord ou pas d'accord : Tout le monde devrait apprendre à jouer d'un instrument de musique.

Calculation of grades

Your grade will be determined as follows:

  • 15% Participation
  • 20% Workbook exercises
  • 20% Six compositions
  • 15% Oral: Two class presentations and one discussion of a Talk Abroad conversation.
  • 10% Midterm exam
  • 20% Final exam

  • Obiter dicta on each of these components:
  • Class participation
  • Faithful attendance and painstaking participation are requisite if you want to make the grade. I will quantify my assessment of your participation 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 arrived noticeably late, or did not bring needed materials, or could otherwise not participate; 2 means that you were present but did not significantly participate, or were not adequately prepared; 3 means that you participated "normally" in class activities; and 4 means that you appeared to be well prepared and made adequate 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
  • T
    he workbook exercises should be handed in on the date indicated in class, or placed in my mailbox by 5:00 p.m. should you need to be absent that day.   Lateness will affect your grade, and workbook exercises more than a week late will encounter a chilly reception indeed.
  • Compositions
  • Each of the six compositions should be triple-spaced, with ample margins on all sides of the page.   They will be handed back with partial corrections.  A corrected revision is due on Monday of the following week. No email submissions of compositions or any other assignments will be accepted in this class.
  • Presentations en groupe and of a passage analyzed for register
  • You'll work with another student on an all-in-French presentation to the class on Les enfants du paradis.  On your own, you'll make a presentation on a subject of your own choosing.  And you'll also discuss your Talk Abroad conversation with the class.  
  • Comprehensive tests
  • T
    here will be an in-class mid-term exam on Wednesday, Mar. 20, which will cover chapters 7, 10, 12, 13, and 15 in Rochat and the stories read so farwhich will determine 10% of your grade. A 110-minute final exam on everything we've studied on a date TBA will determine 20% of your final grade.

University academic policies

Academic Integrity
PLU's expectation — alas! sometimes disappointed! — is that students will not cheat or plagiarize, and that they will not condone these behaviors or assist others who plagiarize.
This includes the use of machine translation in the preparation of assignments. Academic misconduct not only jeopardizes the career of the individual student involved, but also undermines the scholastic achievements of all PLU students and attacks the mission of this institution. Students are inherently responsible to do their own work, thereby insuring the integrity of their academic records.

Respectful and Civil Conduct
"Civil conversation is central to the university's academic enterprise and centrally 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" (Student Code of Conduct, p. 12).

Accomodations for Sudents with Disabilities
If you require 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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