FRENCH GRAMMAR & COMPOSITION 302
Giverny, les jardins de Monet
Le Pont Neuf by Edward Stack (Fourth Edition)
Le Pont Neuf (Workbook) by Edward Stack (Fourth Edition)
- Improve communication skills in French (writing and reading), so as to be able to write essays or letters competently in French
- Improve communication skills in French (listening and speaking), so as to be able to converse more adequately in French
- Deepen an awareness of, and appreciation for, the language and cultures of the French-speaking world
- 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
- A review of French grammar is done during the course. Basic French grammar is assumed to be known by everyone. By the end of the semester, the student should be able to express his (her) ideas in an acceptable style and a relatively correct French. He (she) will show an ability to carry on the following linguistic functions in written form:
- narrate and describe events in the past, present and future showing the interrelationship of events
- 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
- recognize literary tenses like the indicative passé simple and passé antérieur, or the subjunctive imparfait and plus-que-parfait
- know irregular verbs
- use relative pronouns adequately
- use the right personal pronouns when replacing different words
- use demonstrative and possessive pronouns and adjectives in an appropriate way
- express gender and number adequately with nouns, pronouns, adjectives and past participles
- The student will improve his (her) French reading.
- The student will improve his (her) understanding of French.
- The student will improve his (her) French speaking ability.
- The student will understand better the differences between French and American languages and cultures.
- Classwork The course is conducted in French and students' participation in French is encouraged. Rules or points of grammar unfamiliar to most students are explained in class and in English if necessary. Students may also use English for asking questions they feel unable to ask in French. The course will consist mostly of the explanation of specific points of grammar and the correction of exercises students will have prepared at home. A few short literary texts will be studied to illustrate some of the grammatical points. Students have to come to class well prepared. Before coming to class, students must have studied the required lesson in the book, done all the assigned exercises in the book and workbook, and memorized vocabulary expressions and irregular verbs when required. Each student will submit a new composition every two weeks. The form and content of these compositions must be strictly your own work, only from this present semester, solely for the purpose of this French course. Computerized translators are unacceptable and counterproductive to learning a language. A justified suspicion of plagiarism (which includes doing the above, as well as lifting sentences or ideas from printed or Internet sources) will be dealt accordingly and is a very serious matter.
- 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.
- Listening, speaking and reading skills will be assessed by in-class oral participation. Oral participation is necessary and extremely important. A grade reflecting the student's preparation and performance will be given every class day.
- The writing skill will be assessed by in-class oral participation, compositions, five exams, and the final exam. 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.
- Students will submit a composition every two weeks and hand in its corrected version the week following its original submission. Compositions and their corrected versions have to be handed in on the stipulated day. The lowest grade will be dropped when calculating the grade for compositions done at home.
- There will be five fifty-minute long class exams which will test the students on the grammar and vocabulary studied. Students will also write two compositions in class. 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 will include a composition. It will be held on Friday May 9 from 12:00 to 2:30 P.M.
The final grade is made up as follows:
Class preparation and performance in class 10% Compositions written at home 15% Exams and in-class compositions 50% 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.
Office: Grewen Hall, 102 F
Office hours: M.W.F. 10:45-11:20 P.M. and by appointment
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Created: 11/1/96 Updated: 1/14/14