Autumn Quarter 2002
FRENCH 101 D 5cr
Monday & Wednesday
Office: A140 Hours: daily by appointment
Telephone: (425)564-2743 messages
REQUIRED TEXT & MATERIALS:
Vis-à-vis, 2nd ed, Amon et al, with student audio tape.
Vis-à-vis, Workbook/Lab Manuel, 2nd ed, Branon et al.
English Grammar for Students of French, Morton, recommended.
French-English pocket dictionary.
One or more blank audio cassette tapes, TDK or ATP.
CD-ROM, optional supplementary study aid.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: French 101 is the first quarter of the three quarter sequence (101, 102, 103). This is a coordinated beginning program of class, text, and language laboratory material identical in all sections offered each quarter. No prior foreign language
experience is necessary for enrollment in 101, although it can be helpful. French 101 will cover units 1-5 of the text. Cultural material is often the focus of class discussion and work content.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: The presentation of this material is designed so that students will confidently master the basic elements of French pronunciation and grammar in the context of practical conversational French. Students will accomplish this first through extensive aural-oral modeling of logical, basic sentence structures and useful vocabulary in a communicative context. All new material will be introduced orally in this way and second, reinforced by written exercises, dictation, group work, video, and personalized use in order to give the student a solid knowledge of the language and its functional parts. Third, the student will read dialogues and short passages derived from the conversational and cultural material presented in the course. Thus, development of the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be encouraged in a natural way. Students will use French in class regularly.
1. Students are expected to attend and use French in class daily in order to receive credit for class participation.
2. Students are to be prepared for class ahead of time by studying the assigned text material and listening to the lab tapes. Plan generally on two hours of study for each hour of class.
3. Students are to complete and hand in exercises in the lab manual prior to chapter tests. Text exercises are to be done orally or written as assigned. No late material accepted without penalty. Extra credit will not exceed 10% of the final grade. Discuss ideas for acceptable extra credit with teacher.
4. There will be an exam at the completion of each chapter, and a final. Each exam will cover material from the text and lab with emphasis on the communicative and grammatical elements in each chapter. The final exam will stress oral proficiency on topics practiced during the quarter.
5. The instructor may add assignments periodically like verb quizzes, dictations, short paragraph writing, note-taking, etc.
6. Makeup chapter exams are, as a rule, not permitted, and can be scheduled only if a student has a valid reason for being absent and upon mutual consent with the instructor. No make-ups are given on any in-class oral work or oral tests.
7. Students are expected to take every opportunity to review and practice regularly the material presented in each lesson. The instructor or tutors are available upon request to provide extra help if needed. Always communicate with the instructor by written notes or phone messages. Students are encouraged to form study groups, use optional study aids, etc. for review.
8. If you require accommodation based on a documented disability, have medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case of emergency evacuation, see teacher as soon as possible. To inquire about becoming a DSS student call (425) 564-2498, or go in person to DSS(Disability Support Services)in Student Services.
QUARTER SCHEDULE (subject to change): 1st week Chapitre 1, Etapes 1-2 7th week Chapitre 4, Etapes 1-2
2nd week Etapes 3-4 8th week Etapes 3-4
3rd week Chapitre 2, Etapes 1-2 9th week Chapitre 5, Etapes 1-2
4th week Etapes 3-4 10th week Etapes 3-4 5th week Chapitre 3, Etapes 1-2 11th week Wrap-up, review
6th week Etapes 3-4 12th week ORAL FINAL EXAM
NO CLASS: Monday, November 11 or Monday, December 9th;
& Wednesday, November 27th
FINAL EXAM: Wednesday, December 11th, as scheduled
EVALUATION CRITERIA: Final grades will be determined as follows:
Lab manual(written exercises & tape activities with notes) 10%
Chapter exams, verb quizzes, any written work 60%
Class participation & oral assignments (based on attendance
& use of French in class) 20%
Overall oral proficiency (based on knowledge of structure, pronunciation & vocabulary) 10%
TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS 100%
Conversion to grade-point scale:
90-100%=A=3.5-4.0 70-79%=C=2.0-2.9 59-below=E
80-89% =B=3.0-3.4 60-69%=D=1.0-1.9
The key to success in this course is consistent and conscientious practice of the material--both orally and in written form. Also, there are bound to be students of many levels of language proficiency in our college classes. So, it is important for you to remember that you are evaluated on your individual progress-not as you compare to all the others. Therefore, your willingness to volunteer and take part in class recitations, etc. is of prime importance in how fast and how confidently you will master the basic principles. Oral drill is really an opportunity to "exercise" and improve. Be willing to try, to be corrected, and to learn from others. Don't be afraid to learn, even if it means making a few mistakes. We all do. Bonne chance et bon courage!