SPRING 2011: French 102 in ADMN-209 (MWF 12:30-1:35): Beginning French

Prof: Mark Jensen
Office: ADMN-220
Phone: (253)535-7219
E-mail: jensenmk@plu.edu
Web page: www.plu.edu/~jensenmk/
Office hours: M 1:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m., W 1:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m., F 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Materials

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Course goals

This course pursues into the distance the goals of French 101. The chief goal of the course is to develop your communicative proficiency in French. You will be thrilled to understand some of what people are saying and communicate what you want to say in some basic situations acquiring abilities that will be of use to you in any of the world's 53 French-speaking countries. You'll learn basic vocabulary and how to use it to greet people and return their salutations, express gratitude, astonishment, necessity, ungrudging agreement, remonstrance, and other basic attitudes, get the au fond information you need about times, places, and nominal appellations, describe broods, make choices, make clear your druthers, speak on the phone, ask earthlings to do things, and give the nod or the not to invitations. Along the way, you'll complete a first-year survey of basic French grammar. A geminate goal of the course is to tutor you about some different Francophone cultures, including, par excellence, France.

Class schedule

Typically, we shall labor for two weeks (une quinzaine) on a lesson, and a pentad of lessons will be covered during the course, as well as the Chapitre de révision, which will take up the last two weeks of the course. But we'll begin by working through Chapter 5, since Mme Schumann tells me that 101 ended up last semester aground somewhere in the vicinity of page 192... A bit o' review never 'urt inyone... And to reward you for your diligence at the end of a weary week, Friday class will conclude with a popular song in French.

Feb. 9 : Introductions. Discussion of course. Discussion of study methods and expectations for the course. Review.

Feb. 11 : Chapter 5 (review). Song: Charles Aznavour, « La Bohème ».

Feb. 14 : Chapter 5 (review).

Feb. 16 : Chapter 5.

Feb. 18 : Chapter 5. Song :  Joe Dassin, « Aux Champs-Élysées ».

Feb. 21 : PRESIDENTS' HOLIDAY.

Feb. 23 : Chapter 6.

Feb. 25 : Chapter 6. Song: Charles Trenet, « La romance de Paris ».

Feb. 28 : Chapter 6.

Mar. 2 : Chapter 6.

Mar. 4 : Chapter 6. Song: Georges Brassens, « Les amoureux du banc public ».

Mar. 7 : CHAPTER 6 TEST. Chapter 7.

Mar. 9 : Chapter 7.

Mar. 11 : Chapter 7. Song: Traditional, « A la claire fontaine ».

Mar. 14 : Chapter 7.

Mar. 16 : Chapter 7.

Mar. 18 : CHAPTER 7 TEST. Chapter 8. Song: Nino Ferrer, « Les cornichons ».

Mar. 21 : Chapter 8.

Mar. 23 : Chapter 8.

Mar. 25 : Chapter 8. Song: Rose, « La liste ».

Mar. 28 : Chapter 8.

Mar. 30 : Review for midterm.

Apr. 1 : MIDTERM EXAM(Chapters 6-8). Pas de chanson !

SPRING BREAK

Apr. 11 : Chapter 9.

Apr. 13 : Chapter 9.

Apr. 15 : Chapter 9. Song: Carla Bruni, « Quelqu'un m'a dit ».

Apr. 18 : Chapter 9.

Apr. 20 : Chapter 9.

Apr. 22 : EASTER BREAK

Apr. 25 : Chapter 10.

Apr. 27 : CHAPTER 9 TEST. Chapter 10.

Apr. 29 : Chapter 10. Song: La Chanson du Dimanche, « Un ti colon ».

May 2 : Chapter 10.

May 4 : Chapter 10.

May 6 : Chapter 10. Song: « Makéda ».

May 9 : Chapter 10.

May 11 : Review chapter : « Un mystère dans les Ardennes ».

May 13 : Review chapter : « Un mystère dans les Ardennes ». Song: Jacques Brel, « Madeleine ».

May 16 : Review chapter : « Un mystère dans les Ardennes ».

May 18 : Review chapter : « Un mystère dans les Ardennes ».

May 20 : Review. Chanson : Charles Aznavour, « Il faut savoir ».

May 23 at 1:00 p.m. : FINAL EXAM (Chapters 6-10).

Homework schedule

Apply yourself to the indicated homework assignment after the class on the indicated day. You have three days to complete QUIA assignments, after which they will be disdainfully spurned with an upturned nose.

A WORD TO THE WISE : Acquiring a new language requires daily effort. Yet our class schedule does not permit daily classes! What to do? Organize your time so that you work with French every day!

Feb. 23 : QUIA W6.1 & L6.1 (all exercises).

Feb. 25 : QUIA W6.2 & L6.2.

Feb. 28 : QUIA W6.3 & L6.3.

Mar. 2 : QUIA W6.4 & L6.4.

Mar. 4 : Composition : Horizons, p. 249 (100 mots minimum, double- or triple spaced, wide margins). Due in class (no email submissions accepted) on Mar. 7.

Mar. 9 : QUIA W7.1 & L7.1. Turn in corrected composition on Mar. 11.

Mar. 11 : QUIA W7.2 & L7.2.

Mar. 14 : QUIA W7.3 & L7.3.

Mar. 16 : QUIA W7.4 & L7.4. Composition : Horizons, p. 293 (100 mots minimum). Due in class (no email submissions accepted) on Mar. 18.

Mar. 18 : QUIA W8.1 & L8.1.

Mar. 21 : QUIA W8.2 & L8.2. Corrected Chapter 7 composition and due on Mar. 23

Mar. 23 : QUIA W8.3 & L8.3.

Mar. 25 : QUIA W8.4 & L8.4.

Mar. 28 : Composition : Horizons, p. 337 (150 mots minimum). Due in class (no email submissions accepted) on Mar. 30.

Mar. 30 : Corrected Chapter 8 composition due on the day of the midterm, Apr. 1, or after spring break, on Apr. 11.

Apr. 11 : QUIA W9.1 & L9.1.

Apr. 13 : QUIA W9.2 & L9.2.

Apr. 15 : QUIA W9.3 & L9.3.

Apr. 18 : QUIA W9.4 & L9.4.

Apr. 20 : Composition : Horizons, p. 375 (150 mots). Due in class on Apr. 25.

Apr. 27 : QUIA W10.1 & L10.1. Corrected Chapter 9 composition due in class on Apr. 29.

Apr. 29 : QUIA W10.2 & L10.2.

May 2 : QUIA W10.3 & L10.3.

May 4 : QUIA W10.4 & L10.4.

May 6 : Composition : Horizons, p. 413 (150 mots minimum). Due in class on May 9.

May 11 : QUIA R.A-E. Corrected Chapter 10 composition due in class on May 13.

May 13 : QUIA R.F-K.

May 16 : QUIA R.L-S.

May 18 : QUIA R.T-Y.

Calculation of grades

Your grade will be determined as follows:

NOTE: PLU's expectation is that students will not cheat or plagiarize, and that they will not condone these behaviors or assist others who plagiarize. In work in a foreign language, this includes the use of machine (i.e. computer) translation. Academic misconduct jeopardizes the career of the individual student involved, and also undermines the scholastic achievements of all PLU students in the sense that it attacks the mission of this institution. It should go without saying that students are responsible for doing their own work, thereby insuring the integrity of their academic records. In addition, civil conversation is central to the university's academic enterprise and guided by faculty expertise. [The university] is committed to protecting the rights of community members to engage in dialogue and express ideas in an environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, and exploitation. This freedom of expression does not, however, entail the freedom to threaten, stalk, intimidate, harass, or abuse. Students are therefore expected to treat every individual with respect and civility. (Student Code of Conduct, p. 12) An additional note: If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible. If you have questions concerning the services available for students with disabilities at PLU, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services, x7206.

BONNE CHANCE ET BON COURAGE !

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