French 102 in ADMN-204B (MWF 12:30-1:35): Beginning French

Prof: Mark Jensen
Office: ADMN-220
Phone: (253)535-7219
Web page:
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.


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Course goals

This course continues French 101. The primary goal of the course is to develop your communicative proficiency in some basic situations in French. You will develop an ability to understand what people are saying and to communicate what you want to say in some basic situations abilities that will be of use to you in any French-speaking country. You'll learn basic vocabulary and how to use it to greet people and return their greetings, express thanks, surprise, necessity, agreement, disagreement, and other basic attitudes, get basic information you need about times, places, and names, describe families, make choices, express preferences, speak on the telephone, ask people to do things, and accept or refuse invitations. In doing so, you'll complete a first-year survey of basic French grammar. A secondary goal of the course is to teach you something about some different Francophone cultures, including, especially, France.

Class schedule

Typically, two weeks will be spent on a lesson, and five lessons will be covered during the course, as well as the Chapter de révision, which will take up the last two weeks of the course.

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

Sept. 11 : Review. Song: Charles Aznavour, « La Bohème ».

Sept. 14 : Chapter 6.

Sept. 16 : Chapter 6. Before class, do QUIA W6.1 & L6.1 (all exercises).

Sept. 18 : Chapter 6. Song :  Joe Dassin, « Aux Champs-Élysées ». Do QUIA W6.2 & L6.2.

Sept. 21 : Chapter 6. Do QUIA W6.3 & L6.3.

Sept. 23 : Chapter 6. Do QUIA W6.4 & L6.4.

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

Sept. 28 : Chapter 6 test. Chapter 7.

Sept. 30 : Chapter 7.

Oct. 2 : Chapter 7. Song: Georges Brassens, « Les amoureux du banc public ». Do QUIA W7.1 and L7.1.

Oct. 5 : Chapter 7. Do QUIA W7.2 & L7.2.

Oct. 7 : Chapter 7. Do QUIA W7.3 & L7.3.

Oct. 9 : La belle et la bête (fin). Do QUIA W7.4 & L7.4.

Oct. 12 : Chapter 7.

Oct. 14 : Chapter 7 test. Chapter 8.

Oct. 16 : Chapter 8. Song: Nino Ferrer, « Les cornichons ».

Oct. 19 : Chapter 8. Do QUIA W8.1 & L8.1.

Oct. 21 : Chapter 8. Do QUIA W8.2 & L8.2.

Oct. 23 : Mid-semester break.

Oct. 26 : Chapter 8. Do QUIA W8.3 & L8.3..

Oct. 28 : Chapter 8 and review. Do QUIA W8.4 & L8.4.

Oct. 30 : Mid-term exam (Chapters 6-8).

Nov. 2 : Chapter 9.

Nov. 4 : Chapter 9. Do QUIA W9.1 & L9.1.

Nov. 6 : Chapter 9. Song: Charles Aznavour, « Il faut savoir ». Do QUIA W9.2 & L9.2.

Nov. 9 : Chapter 9. Do QUIA W9.3 & L9.3.

Nov. 11 : Chapter 9. Do QUIA W9.4 & L9.4.

Nov. 13 : Chapter 9 test. Chapter 10. Song: Rose, « La liste ».

Nov. 16 : Chapter 10.

Nov. 18 : Chapter 10. Do QUIA W10.1 & L10.1.

Nov. 20 : Chapter 10. Song: La Chanson du Dimanche, « Un ti colon ». Do QUIA W10.2 & L10.2.

Nov. 23 : Chapter 10. Do QUIA W10.3 & L10.3.

Nov. 25 : Chapter 10. Do QUIA W10.4 & L10.4.

Nov. 27 : Thanksgiving break.

Nov. 30 : Review chapter : « Un mystère dans les Ardennes ». Do QUIA R.A-D

Dec. 2 : Review chapter : « Un mystère dans les Ardennes ». Do QUIA R.E-I.

Dec. 4 : Review chapter : « Un mystère dans les Ardennes ». Song: Jacques Brel, « Madeleine ». Do QUIA R.J-O.

Dec. 7 : Review chapter : « Un mystère dans les Ardennes ». Do QUIA R.P-V.

Dec. 9 : Review chapter : « Un mystère dans les Ardennes ». Do QUIA R.W-Y.

Dec. 11. Review. Chanson: « A la claire fontaine ».

Dec. 14 at 1:00 p.m. : Final exam (Chapters 6-10).

Calculation of grades

Learning a new language requires daily effort. Because our class schedule does not permit daily classes, grading policies in the course have been designed to help you overcome this by encouraging you to work with French every day.

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.


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