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French 102 Syllabus Drapeau Français

Madame Couliard

E-mail: couliardg@byui.edu
Office: Student Health Center (SHC) 275
Telephone: (208) 496 9370
Office hours: Right after class or by appointment
Website: http://www.byuigcfrench102.weebly.com

Course material:
- Mais Oui! Fourth Edition. The accompanying text for the course is available at the University Store or
on-line for a cheaper version (e.g. Amazon/used book). You don’t need to buy the workbook or the CD,
we will not use them.
- Additional worksheets and documents will be available on my website. This also includes any
information you need to know about the class (syllabus, presentation calendar, etc.)
- It will also be useful to have a good dictionary; you can either buy one at the University Store, use the
ones available at the library, or go online:

Bilingual dictionary: http://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais-anglais

Unilingual dictionaries: http://www.le-dictionnaire.com/

A very useful website that tells you how to pronounce French: http://www.acapela-group.com/text-to-
A website that gives you the conjugation of any verb: http://www.leconjugueur.com/
Online grammar: http://www.connectigramme.com/

In addition to those resources, class materials are on my website:

http://www.byuigcfrench102.weebly.com,but I will post your grades on I-learn (Canvas).
If I need to communicate with you as a group or individually, I will simply email you at your byui
address. Make sure to check your byui address daily. Feel free to email me as well.

Course goals and objectives: French 102 is for students who have completed FR 101 or are capable at
a 101 level. It is designed to develop continued language proficiency in French. The course will help
you progress toward further competency in speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as toward
knowledge of French and Francophone cultures. The course, above all, focuses on active language use.
You will interact meaningfully with classmates and develop communicative strategies. By the end of
this course, with reasonable effort, you should be able to perform intermediate communicative
functions in French such as talk in the past tense, simplify your speaking with the use of pronouns and
express opinions.

A typical class hour includes:

-Roll call
-Prayer (in French!)
- A two-minute oral presentation given by one of the students in the class.
- A quick review of what was done last time (some of you will go to the board for this
purpose and conjugate verbs…etc.)
- Lessons and activities.

Grade breakdown:
Short Oral presentations (Mini présentations orales) 10%
Oral evaluations (Évaluations orales) 20%
Class work and participation (Activités/exercices du livre et participation en classe) 25%
Film review and vocab (Commentaire de film et vocabulaire) 5%
Chapter Exams (Intérrogations écrites) 40%

Refer to I-learn grading schema to keep track of your points.

Short Oral presentation(s):

Each student will give at least one presentation in the semester. Each will last about two minutes.
In this presentation, you will introduce yourself to the class: Your name, where you come from, if you
are married or not, your hobbies, what you like or dislike in life, your personal qualities, something
unique about yourself…etc.
You will be graded on your pronunciation, your quality of vocabulary and grammar and your capacity
to talk to the class without reading a paper (you can glance at your notes, however).

The presentations must be given on the day when they are scheduled; they cannot be postponed, so
make sure you come PREPARED, otherwise you will have to improvise something quickly and your
grade might not be wonderful.

Oral Evaluations
Two oral evaluations will take place during the semester (one around midterm and one at the end of the
semester). These oral evaluations will take place in class in the form of little skits. These skits will be
about the subjects we will have studied in class and current events. You will work with a partner or two
and prepare a little conversation on one of these subjects. You will be graded individually on the
quality of your vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. You will not be allowed to read from a
paper, so you will have to know your dialogue by heart.

You will submit your skit in writing (typed) to your teacher right before you present.

Class work and participation:

At the end of each week you will be given a grade out of 10 for your classwork and participation during
that week: One point per day for showing up on time and staying the whole class period and the rest of
the points will represent your overall class participation/preparation (little, average, excellent). That
means first, you must be in class (if you are absent, come later after rollcall, or leave early, you don’t
get any point for that day), second, you must come prepared to class. Coming prepared means having
completed the assigned exercises/activities before coming to class so that you can promptly give your
answers. The semester is short and there is a lot to do in one hour; there is no time to wait for someone
taking three minutes to figure out their answer because they did not do the homework.
French or English? Except for essential class information, challenging grammatical concepts, and
other special items, the course will be mostly in French. You are expected to ask your questions and
offer comments in French. If you think you need to speak English, I may or may not let you; in any
case, you will get your needs met .

French film in French with subtitles (20 mots de vocabulaire).

Twice in the course of the semester, you will type and submit a 20-line composition in English about a
film in French you watched along with a list of 20 new (to you) French words and their translation, due
on the date specified on the calendar. You can find the instructions regarding the paper on the website.

Chapter Exams
In-class chapter exams will be given regularly on an announced basis (usually every two weeks). They
will cover the material contained in the chapters studied.

Please note your grades will be put regularly on I-Learn (Canvas) thus enabling you to keep track of
your progress. The link to I-Learn is on the website and vice-versa.

Attendance policy:
It is very simple: you must be in class every day there is class! The contact you have with the French
language in class, as well as the work we do in class are irreplaceable; there is no other way of
achieving these goals than by being there. Therefore, when it comes to attendance, and
evaluations/exams, no unjustified absence will be accepted.

However, if you do have to be absent for some good understandable reason, just let me know.
(e.g: “I have a 103°F temperature” is a good reason, “ My former missionary companion is getting
married”, “My family is visiting me, and we are going to Yellowstone for a long weekend”, “My
business teacher is asking us to go to a forum”, “I have to go to a dance rehearsal” or “I have a cheaper
plane ticket if I leave early” are not good reasons.)

A justified absence also means that I get an official note from the university (for an internship trip,
conference…etc.) or your doctor/parent/roommate that can vouch for you when ill.

In addition, you get a one-time “Life Happens Voucher” you can use as needed without having to
justify anything.

In summary, if your absence is justified, all you need to do is to email me and let me let me know what
your absence is about, provide a note if applicable, or use the “Life Happens Voucher.”so I can keep
track of your points.

When it comes to evaluations/exams only justified absences can be made up.

Honor Code
The instructors fully support the CES Honor Code and expect all students to be familiar with it and support it in every way.

Students with Disabilities

In compliance with applicable disability law, qualified students with a disability may be entitled to
“reasonable accommodation.” It is the student’s responsibility to disclose to the teacher any
special need she/he may have before the end of the first week of class.