French 202 Intermediate Composition And Conversation
Created: 1/17/97 Updated: 1/10/03


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Sur le vif by Tufts and Jarausch (Heinle and Heinle 2001, 3rd edition)
Sur le vif Cahier d'exercices et de laboratoire by Tufts and Jarausch (Heinle and Heinle 2001, 3rd edition)


The course seeks to develop the four language skills ( listening, speaking, reading and writing) that are part of learning a language. Students will get acquainted with some French culture and literature. Several short stories will be read and discussed in class. We will study some grammatical points like the passé simple, the interrogative form, the relative pronoun, the subjunctive, the adverb, the comparisons, and the demonstrative and possessive adjectives and pronouns. The course will be conducted in French but the difficult points of grammar will be explained in English, if necessary.
Class time is primarily used to develop listening and speaking skills. Class activities are in French and. Accuracy is essential in oral and written work.


Students have to come to class well prepared. The new vocabulary should be memorized, the grammar studied, the written assignments written and the readings read at least three times.
Compositions should be given back on the stipulated day. There will be a composition every other week and the lowest grade will be dropped when the average is calculated. Oral participation is necessary and extremely important. A grade reflecting the student's preparation and performance will be given every day.

Attendance in class is mandatory. A maximum of 5 absences is allowed before the final grade is lowered. Any absence will lower the weekly grade given for oral participation and performance. Absences due to illness and/or emergency may be excused with appropriate documentation.

At least four fifty-minute long exams will be held during the semester. There are no make-ups. If sick, (appropriate documentation is needed), students should call me the same day the exam is given so that an exam is rescheduled for them.
There will be plus and minus grades. For example, B+ will correspond to 87 to 90, B to 83 to 87, and B- to 80 to 83.
The final examination is comprehensive and will include a composition. It will be held during exam week.


Oral participation and performance 25%
Compositions (homework) 10%
Exams 40%
Final exam 25%


In coordination with the Academic Support Center (ASC), reasonable accommodations are provided for qualified students with disabilities. Please make every attempt to meet with me within the first week of class so that your accomodations can be provided in a timely manner.

Mrs. Goodisman
Office: Grewen Hall, 127
Tel.: 445-6034
Office hours: M.W.F. 10:30-11:30 and by appointment

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