DEPARTMENT OF EUROPEAN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES AND CULTURES
FRENCH 101-502: BEGINNING FRENCH 1 Fall 2005 Course Code: XNBGCT889
Instructor: Guillaume CHAVANNE
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday 09:00AM-10:00AM
Bragger & Rice: Je Veux Bien, Manuel de classe, Second edition, Heinle & Heinle
Je Veux Bien, Manuel de préparation on line (QUIA passcard) Heinle and Heinle
As well as the Student Viewer’s Handbook to accompany Le Chemin du retour, Siskin, Williams-Gascon & Field, McGraw-Hill, 2003.
All sections of FR 101 at Texas A&M will use the two Je Veux Bien textbooks as their basic program of instruction.
In this program, classroom time is devoted to communication (Manuel de classe) with preparation and follow-up done outside of class, mostly on line (Manuel de preparation). The course meets for three class periods per week, with two hours of lab added, and approximately 5-8 hours of on line homework per week. One of the lab sessions will be centered on the movie “Le Chemin du Retour”, while the other will be devoted to individual on line work in French under the supervision of a lab assistant.
The course focuses on the development of the four skills: listening, speaking, writing, reading, as well as the integration of language and culture.
By the end of the semester, students should be able to do the following in French: greet people, make introductions, order food and beverages, buy clothing, talk about home and family, describe daily routine, and talk about plans in the near future and activities in the past. They should also be aware of cultural attitudes and issues in the French speaking world about food, families, education, among others.
Students are expected to come to class prepared: to succeed, you will need to study and prepare daily. For example, in the Manuel de preparation, you will have read the grammar lesson slated for the day by the instructor (explanations are in English), and will have started to put it in practice. Thus time in class will be focused on using the new material to communicate. Expect to engage in pair or group work. After each class, students will continue the learning process and apply their new knowledge in a number of online exercises assigned on the syllabus. Manuel de Préparation exercises are timed and graded: although students have the option to correct mistakes to improve results. Exercises have to be completed by midnight before the following class. Not doing an exercise on time results in a zero for that exercise.
In order to complete their assignments,
students can work at home, in the
Students need to be aware that having someone else do their on line homework would not only go against the purpose of the homework, which is preparing and teaching them, but would also be cheating. An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do.
Preparation: Quia homework, pop-quizzes, paragraphs
Given the fact that most Quia homework assignments are timed and graded, students preparation should be optimum. However, if the instructor deems it necessary, pop quizzes or quizzes can be administered to test understanding and preparedness.
To develop writing skills, students will turn in at least one written assignment per chapter. Each exam will include a writing section.
The following grading criteria will be used:
A (90-100) the writing is very good to excellent, uses a wide range of the expressions learned, is well organized and developed with very few mistakes.
B (80-89) the writing is good, rather well organized, but marred by some grammatical and lexical mistakes or by the simplicity of words, structures, and ideas used.
C (70-79) the writing is average, with many mistakes, a limited vocabulary, and very simple structures and ideas.
D (60-69) the writing is not intelligible, and/or riddled with mistakes; but still with an "embryo" of French alive at its core.
F (59 and under) the student was obviously unable to accomplish the task, with most of the assignment unintelligible.
Three hour-long exams will be given during the semester: Each exam will cover any previous material not yet tested, through reading and listening comprehension exercises as well as more purely grammatical ones. At the end of the semester, students will demonstrate their oral skills by staging skits in French (oral test). The final exam will be comprehensive.
Practice, and thus, participation, is of the utmost importance in the acquisition of a foreign language. Attending classes is mandatory, and after 3 absences without University accepted excuses, each new unexcused absence will delete 5 points off the student's participation grade.
The student's participation will be evaluated using the following criteria:
A (90-100) the student is very well prepared, always volunteers to answer questions or write on the blackboard, shows a genuine interest in the work, participates actively in the class activities, is not afraid to experiment with the language, never uses English to communicate with his peers or the instructor in situations where French is called for.
B (80-89) the student is prepared, sometimes volunteers to answer, but participates moderately, is less vocal than an "A" student and more afraid to experiment. He or she almost never uses English.
C (70-79) the student is not always prepared, rarely volunteers to answer questions, participates only occasionally and/or occasionally uses English to communicate with his/her peers or the instructor in situations when he/she should have used French.
D (60-69) the student is rarely prepared, is very passive, very rarely volunteers to answer questions, rarely participates and/or relies mostly on English to express herself/himself.
F (59 and under) the student is never prepared, never volunteers to answer questions, is extremely passive and silent in class and/or relies on English to communicate.
- Exams, oral test: Students with a valid University accepted excuse have to contact the instructor by the end of the next working day after the missed test ( see Student Rules, Attendance, p 7) to schedule a make-up; make-up work should be done within a week of the student's return to class; beyond, points missed will be reassigned without penalty to the student.(ex: if an exam was missed, the next one would count double; if the end of the semester has been reached, the percentage of points missed is transferred to the final).
-For homework, at the instructor's discretion, students with a University accepted excuse may not have to take a make-up, but in any case will not be penalized.
Class participation 10 %
Preparation 30 % (=on-line work, writing assignments, quizzes...)
Tests 40 % (=3 exams + 1 oral test)
Final exam 20 %
REMEMBER: An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do. For more information, see http://www.tamu.edu/aggiehonor/
French 101-502, Fall 2005. Programme de travail.
August 29-31 Chapitre préliminaire « Je veux bien » p 3-21
Cours # 1: JVB manuel de cours p 4-11 (A faire= AF=Homework to do online) "A faire!-do exercises CP 1.1.a to CP 1.5 to review/extend the material
covered the first day; do also the "prononcez-bien!" sections about the vowels
and consonants in French
August 30: lab#1: intro to Quia with your instructor.
Cours # 2: JVB p 12-21
CP 2.6 to 2.10. Review the testable vocabulary of the chapter with the Lexique
(To do at the end of each chapter)
September 2-16. Chapitre 1 « Je veux bien » p 22-63
Cours # 3: JVB p 22-31
AF1.3a-4, contrôles 1A et 1B ( AF=A faire, homework to do) pour le 4
Cours # 4: JVB p 32-36, up to ex N
AF1.2.5-6-7-8a-9b pour le 6
See spelling of numbers in French, JVB p 36
Cours # 5: JVB p 36-41b
AF1.2.10b, contrôle 2 et 1.3.10 Paragraphe # 1 pour le 8
Cours # 6: JVB p 42-45
AF1.3.11-12-13-14-15 contrôle 3 pour le 11
Cours # 7: JVB p 46-51
AF 184.108.40.206 pour le 13
Cours # 8: JVB p 51-53, Branchez-vous: Histoire.
AF 1.4.18 et 1.5.21-22-23 pour le 15
Prepare MP, Branchez-vous,"activité écrite: trois amis"
Cours # 9: JVB, p 53-54, Branchez-vous: aperçu culturel, Paris
AF 1.BV.1 exercice d'écoute pour le 18
September 19 Test # 1
September 21- October 12. Chapitre 2 "Je veux bien" P 64-117
Cours # 10: JVB p 64-70
AF 2.1.2-3-4 pour le 22
Cours # 11: JVB p 71-75
AF 2.1.5-6-7 contrôle 4 pour le 25
Cours # 12: JVB p 76-81(up to Qu'est-ce que vous en pensez)
AF 2.2.8-9-10-11-12, contrôle 5 pour le 27
Cours # 13: JVB p 81-86
AF: paragraphe # 2 pour le 29
Cours # 14: JVB p 87-90
A.F.2.3.14a/b-13-15, contrôle 6 pour le 2 octobre
Cours # 15: JVB p 91-93
AF.2.4.18b-19-20-21-22 pour le 4
Cours # 16: JVB p 94-97
AF.2.4-23-24 contrôle 7pour le 6
Cours # 17: JVB p 98-101
AF.2.5-25-26 (do, print & take to class) pour le 9
Cours # 18: JVB p 102-104,
AF.2.5-27-28-29 pour le 11
Cours # 19: Branchez-vous: le Québec
October 14 Test # 2
October 17- November 7. Chapitre 3 "Je veux bien" p 118-165
Cours # 20: JVB p 118-124
AF 3.1.2-3-4-5-6-7, contrôle 8 pour le 18
Cours # 21: JVB p 125-127 + lecture p 132-133
Cours # 22: JVB p 128-131 + lecture p 134-135
AF 3.2.9, AF 3.3.12-13 pour le 23
Cours # 23: JVB p 136-137
AF 3.3.10-14-15, contrôle 9 pour le 25
Cours # 24: JVB p 138-143
AF 3.4-16-17-18 paragraph # 3 pour le 27
Cours # 25: JVB p 144-149, exercice Y
AF 3.4-19-21, AF 3.5.22 pour le 30
Cours # 26: JVB p 149-153
AF 3.5.23-24-26, do, print & take to class 3.5.25 or 27 pour le 1er Novembre
Cours # 27: JVB p 154-156,
AF 3.5-28-29-30 pour le 3 novembre
Cours # 28: Branchez-vous
November 7 Test # 3
November 9-30 Chapitre 4 p 166- 209
Cours # 29: JVB p 166-174
AF 4.1.1-2-3-4-5 pour le 10
Cours # 30: JVB p 175-179
AF 4.1-6, contrôle 10, et 4.2.7-8-9 pour le 13
Cours # 31: JVB p 180-185
AF 4.3.11 paragraphe # 4 pour le 15
Cours # 32: p 186-189
AF 4.3-13-14-15, contrôle 11 pour le 17
Cours # 33: JVB p189-193
AF 4.4.16-17-18 pour le 20
Cours # 34: JVB p193-196
AF 4.4.19, contrôle 12; do, print & take to class 4.5.22 pour le 27
*cours # 35: Branchez-vous: la famille française ; « familiale » de Jacques
(Thanksgiving vacation; November 24-27)
Cours # 36: JVB p 196-198
AF 4.5-20-21-23 pour le 29
November 30-December 2: Oral skits.
December 5-6: last days. Review for Final.
See Final Examination Schedule on Texas A & M web page,