French Through Film 206


Jardin de l'artiste à Vétheuil par Claude Monet


Cinéma For French Conversation by Anne-Christine Rice
Focus Publishing and Pullins 2007 (3rd edition)


  • Improve communication skills in French (listening, speaking, reading and writing), so as to be able to converse in French, or write letters in this language
  • Deepen an awareness of, and appreciation for, the cultures of the French-speaking world
  • Learn to understand and appreciate French film
  • Make connections between the study of French and the study of other disciplines
  • Develop an understanding of the benefit that knowledge of French has for the student, according to his (her) personal circumstances, goals, and desires


    1. The student will learn to understand French movies and to discuss them in French.
    2. The student will see and understand the differences between French and American civilizations and cultures.
    3. The student will show an ability to carry on the following communicative and grammatical skills in both oral and written forms:
    - narrate and describe events in the past, present and future
    - ask and answer questions appropriately
    - express negation
    - express volition through the use of the imperative and subjunctive moods
    - express suggestions and advice through the use of the conditional mood
    - use relative pronouns
    - express possession with possessive pronouns and adjectives
    - use demonstrative pronouns and adjectives in an appropriate way


    1. Classwork
    The course will be conducted in French, but the fine points of grammar will be explained in English, if necessary. Students are expected to participate very actively. Accuracy is essential in oral and written work. Students must come to class well prepared: the movies must be seen before coming to class, the new vocabulary should be memorized, the readings read at least three times, the grammar studied, and the written assignments written and handed in on the stipulated day.

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

    3. Speaking, listening and reading objectives will be assessed by in-class oral participation, small presentations, dialogue between students (group work), and dialogue between students and teacher. Oral participation is necessary and extremely important. A grade reflecting the student's preparation and performance will be given every class day.

    4. Writing, listening and reading objectives will be assessed by written homework, four fifty-minute long class exams, and the final exam.
    - Compositions should be handed in on the stipulated day. There will be a composition every other week, and the lowest grade will be dropped when the average is calculated.
    - Exams will be given testing the knowledge the students acquired when seeing the movies and studying a particular point of grammar. 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. There are no make-ups, except in emergencies. 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.
    - The final examination is comprehensive, and it will include an oral presentation about a movie chosen by each student. The written part of the exam will be held on Wednesday May 8 from 12:00 to 2:30 P.M.


    The final grade is made up as follows:
    Oral participation and performance in class 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 accommodations can be provided in a timely manner.

    Mrs. Goodisman
    Office: Grewen Hall, 127
    Tel.: 445-4222
    Office hours: M.W.F. 11:30-12:20 and by appointment

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    Updated: 1/15/13