SECOND-YEAR FRENCH FACULTY GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

This site is intended as the official reference for instructors of second-year French at Ohio University.  It is a continual work in progress, documenting the present state of all practices and policies relating to second-year French at Ohio University.  It is intended as an introduction to second-year French for new instructors and TAs, and also as a readily accessible reference to policies for veteran instructors. These policies apply to Athens faculty, RHE faculty, and CCP faculty.


SECOND-YEAR COORDINATOR CONTACT INFORMATION

Name:  Chris Coski
Office:  Gordy 125
Phone: 3-0857
Email: coski@ohio.edu

Please feel free to come by my office with any questions or concerns.  If that is not convenient for you, or if I am not in, don't hesitate to call me or send me an email.

If you spot errors or problems with this page, please let me know so that I can fix them.


TEXTS USED IN SECOND-YEAR FRENCH

All Ohio University second-year French courses use Imaginez 3rd edition. The specific REQUIRED package can be seen on the publisher's Ohio University page here: http://vistahigherlearning.com/schools/ohiou/imaginez-3rd-edition-6261.html/. Note there are two package options listed on the page -- one with a softcover bound textbook, the other with a looseleaf textbook. The two packages are otherwise identical.

STANDARD TEXT TITLES AND INFORMATION FOR SECOND-YEAR COURSES

FR 2110 

Grammar:  Imaginez: Le français sans frontières (third edition, Leçons 1-4 -- note that this is a change from the leçons covered in the past editions of Imaginez in FR 2110); print textbook required.
  WebSAM (online workbook)
  Supersite at: http://www.vhlcentral.com/
  Note: instructors are required to assign a minimum of one culture activity and one reading from Imaginez per chapter.
  The culture activity and reading can overlap (but need not necessarily be the same activity).
  A chapter's "court métrage" can count as a cultural activity. 


FR 2120 

Grammar:  Imaginez: Le français sans frontières (third edition, Leçons 5-9 -- note that this is a change from the leçons covered in the past in FR 2120); print textbook required.
  WebSAM (online workbook)
  Supersite at: http://www.vhlcentral.com/
  Note: instructors are required to assign a minimum of one culture activity and one reading from Imaginez per chapter.
  The culture activity and reading can overlap (but need not necessarily be the same activity).
  A chapter's "court métrage" can count as a cultural activity.

If you are Athens faculty in need of a textbook, contact the coordinator and you will be provided with the materials you need.
If you are RHE or CCP faculty in need of a textbook, contact the coordinator for the ISBN of the required materials and for the publisher's textbook representative contact info. The coordinator will provide you with this, and you can then have the publisher's textbook representative send you the materials directly.

Instructors of a particular course may not give their students readings and assignments from portions of the book specified for other courses.  For example, if you are teaching FR 2110, you may not assign activities, readings, etc. from chapters of Imaginez specified for FR 2120.

Also instructors are welcome to give students readings from outside sources. If you do so, to avoid overlap between courses, please let the coordinator know which text(s) you are using and in which course. The coordinator will create a list here, for everyone's reference, to assure that overlap is avoided.



FRENCH TUTORING

There is no departmental tutor for French. Students are advised to contact the Academic Advancement Center for French tutoring.


SYLLABUS RESPONSIBILITIES

A. Athens Campus Group I/II Faculty

Athens Campus Group I/II faculty are responsible for making their own syllabi, but are required to follow the "Syllabus Guidelines for Second-Year French" below.  For a sense of what a syllabus might look like, you can access the coordinator's syllabus here:

Link to Sample Third Edition 2110 Syllabus

Link to Sample Third Edition 2120 Syllabus

B. Athens Campus Group III/Group IV Faculty

Athens Campus Group III/IV faculty are responsible for making their own syllabi, but are required to follow the "Syllabus Guidelines for Second-Year French" below.  Additionally, Athens Campus Group III/IV faculty should consult closely with the coordinator to ensure that their syllabi meet all general departmental norms.  For a sense of what a syllabus might look like, you can access the coordinator's syllabus here:

Link to Sample Third Edition 2110 Syllabus

Link to Sample Third Edition 2120 Syllabus

C. Athens Campus Teaching Associates (TAs)

Athens Campus Teaching Associates will be given a syllabus by the coordinator, containing all class policies and a basic day-by-day schedule of material to be covered.

D. RHE and CCP Faculty (all)

RHE and CCP faculty are responsible for making their own syllabi, but are required to follow the "Syllabus Guidelines for Second-Year French" below.  Additionally, RHE and CCP faculty should consult closely with the coordinator to ensure that their syllabi meet all general departmental norms.  For a sense of what a syllabus might look like, you can access the coordinator's syllabus here:

Link to Sample Third Edition 2110 Syllabus

Link to Sample Third Edition 2120 Syllabus


SYLLABUS GUIDELINES FOR SECOND-YEAR FRENCH

A. Required Common Attendance Policy Statement

The department has a common policy for all 1000- and 2000-level courses. The following policy must be used for all 2000-level classes:


For FALL/SPRING classes meeting MONDAY/WEDNESDAY/FRIDAY, all syllabi are required to contain the following policy statement, copied/reproduced verbatim:

ATTENDANCE: Under the learner-centered framework of the Department of Modern Languages courses, your attendance is of utmost importance. Certain circumstances may arise that prevent you from attending class, therefore, you are allowed three (3) 55-minute absences. These three absences are not “free” but should be used to account for events such as colds, routine medical appointments, away-games for athletes, religious observances, court appearances, weddings, funerals, car problems, job interviews, etc. Beginning with the fourth absence (and for each subsequent absence), 1% will be deducted from your final grade calculation. A student who has accumulated 10 or more absences will automatically receive an “F” for the class. Use the 3 days wisely. Note that attendance is taken on regular exam days too. Note also that 3 late arrivals equal one full absence. Excessive bathroom breaks and early departure from class will not be tolerated.

For instance, if you earn a 71% (C-) in the class but have 5 absences (penalty of 2 percentage points), you will receive a 69% (D+) in the course.

Note: The attendance policy does not distinguish "excused" from "unexcused" absences; all absences count toward the maximum. Ten (10) absences is an automatic F. In case of extended absence due to severe illness, hospitalization or disability, please consult with your instructor.


For FALL/SPRING classes meeting TUESDAY/THURSDAY, all syllabi are required to contain the following policy statement, copied/reproduced verbatim:
ATTENDANCE: Under the learner-centered framework of the Department of Modern Languages courses, your attendance is of utmost importance. Certain circumstances may arise that prevent you from attending class, therefore, you are allowed two (2) absences. These two absences are not "free" but should be used to account for events such as colds, routine medical appointments, away games for athletes, religious observances, court appearances, weddings, funerals, car problems, job interviews, etc. Beginning with the third absence (and for each subsequent absence), 1% will be deducted from your final grade calculation. A student who has accumulated 7 or more absences will automatically receive an "F" for the class. Use the 2 days wisely. Note that attendance is taken on regular exam days too. Note also that 3 late arrivals equal one full absence. Excessive bathroom breaks and early departure from class will not be tolerated.

For instance, if you earn a 71% (C-) in the class but have 5 absences (penalty of 3 percentage points), you will receive a 68% (D+) in the course.

Note: The attendance policy does not distinguish "excused" from "unexcused" absences; all absences count toward the maximum. Seven (7) absences is an automatic F. In case of extended absence due to severe illness, hospitalization or disability, please consult with your instructor.

For SUMMER classes, the following policy must be used, copied/reproduced verbatim:
ATTENDANCE: Under the learner-centered framework of the Department of Modern Languages courses, your attendance is of utmost importance. Certain circumstances may arise that prevent you from attending class; therefore, you are allowed four 60-minute absences. Four 60-minute absences are the equivalent of missing two days of classes or missing 60-minutes of four classes. These four 60-minutes absences are not “free” but should be used to account for events such as colds, routine medical appointments, away-games for athletes, religious observances, court appearances, weddings, funerals, car problems, job interviews, etc. Beginning with the fifth 60-minute absence (and for each subsequent 60-minute absence), 1% will be deducted from your final grade calculation. A student who has accumulated ten or more 60 minute-absences will automatically receive an “F” for the class. Use the four 60-minute absences wisely. Note that attendance is taken on regular exam days too. Note also that 3 late arrivals equal one full 60-minute absence. Excessive bathroom breaks and early departure from class will not be tolerated.

 

For instance, if you earn a 71% (C-) in the class but have six 60-minute absences (penalty of 2 percentage points), you will receive a 69% (D+) in the course.


Note: The attendance policy does not distinguish "excused" from "unexcused" absences; all absences count towards the maximum. Ten (10) 60-minute absences is an F. In case of extended absence due to severe illness, hospitalization or disability, please consult with your instructor.


It is important that all faculty adhere strictly to the above common attendance policies.  In some rare cases, we may get requests from the college to make accommodation for a student with an extended or recurrent absence for health or disability reasons from the college or institutional equity, or from athletics for a student on athletic scholarship. In such cases accommodation can be made, however but faculty should consult with the course coordinator or with the Department Chair before doing so. 
 

B. Other Required Policy Statements

The following statements must also appear on every 1000- and 2000-level syllabus in the Department of Modern Languages.

C- RULE: In order to continue to the next course in the sequence, you must receive at least a C- (70%) in the previous class (after deductions due to absences). For example, if you have a 71% in the class, but 5 absences, your final grade will be a 69% and you will not be eligible to take the next class in the series. A passing grade for 2120 is 60%, a D-.

CONCERNS ABOUT YOUR CLASS/CLASSROOM/GRADES DISPUTES: should be first discussed with your instructor (please ask for a special appointment if you cannot meet his/her office hours); if the need arises, you should then contact the Coordinator of Second-Year French, Dr. Coski, coski@ohio.edu. When emailing either your instructor or the Coordinator, please fill-in the “subject” line with the reason and ask for an appointment. If you have questions about grades, ask your instructor (grades are NOT to be discussed either during class time or via e-mail, make an appointment), if you want to dispute a grade after you have asked and discussed it with your instructor, it should be done in writing.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: The Ohio University Student Code of Conduct prohibits all forms of academic dishonesty. These include – but are not limited to – cheating; plagiarism; forgery; furnishing false information to the University; and alteration or misuse of University documents, records, or identification. In addition, assignments that are totally/partially taken from an external source such as published information (book, web page, etc.), produced by a translation program or by another person will receive NO credit. All forms of dishonesty will be reported to the Coordinator of the program. Possible consequences include a grade of zero on the assignment, course failure, and/or referral to judiciaries.

DISABILITIES: We are committed to ensuring equal opportunity for students with a disability. This is a collaborative process and effort among the Student Accessibility Services office, the student and the instructor. Students with disabilities should provide the instructor with written notification of their disability via Student Accessibility Services and make a direct request for accommodations to establish the means of providing accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids within one week of the beginning of the course. If you have any condition (physical/learning disability), which will make it difficult for you to perform class work as delineated in this syllabus or if you require special accommodations, it is YOUR responsibility to notify your instructor the first week of class.

GRADUATE STUDENTS: Graduate students enrolled in FR 5210 or 5220 will receive CR on their transcripts if they pass the class with a 60% or higher.

TUTORING: Tutoring in French is available through Tutoring Services in the Academic Advancement Center. Tutoring Services offers one-hour appointments in almost any subject for a fee of $10 through Peer Tutoring. Peer Tutoring through Tutoring Services is free for students who are registered with Student Accessibility Services, the Office of Multicultural Student Access and Retention, College Adjustment Program, Commuters and Veterans, and Athletics. Most appointments are held in the Academic Advancement Center, Alden 101. To schedule an appointment, with Tutoring Services, visit www.ohio.edu/tutoring and log in to Tutor Trac.  Please keep in mind that tutoring is not a guaranteed service, so book appointments early. 

To make the most of your session:
 *   Meet with a tutor early in the semester. Do not procrastinate. Tutors have limited appointments and are booked quickly, particularly during mid-terms and finals.
 *   Be prepared with your textbooks, notes, and specific questions concerning the material.
 *   Tutors are not teachers. They will not "lecture" or "re-teach." They do not replace a missed class. If you miss class, make sure you get notes from a classmate and meet with your professor during office hours.
 *   If you must cancel your appointment with Tutoring Services, please do so in a timely manner. If you can't make a session, cancel your appointment 8 hours in advance on Tutor Trac. Missing a session prevents another student from booking that appointment and leaves the tutor waiting for you.


C. Outcome Goals

The university requires that we put course outcome goals on our syllabi. Below are the outcome goals for 2000-level courses in Modern Languages. 

The successful student
1. engages in authentic oral communicative exchanges to provide, obtain, and interpret information and express emotions or opinions.
2. applies reading strategies that promote comprehension of various types of brief, uncomplicated, authentic written texts.
3. comprehends brief, uncomplicated, authentic video and audio recordings.
4. writes short, simple communications, compositions, descriptions, and requests for information.
5. demonstrates knowledge of various characteristics of another society (history, politics, everyday life, kinship, taboos vs. accepted behavior, religion, gender, etc.)
6. is able to recognize and weigh multiple perspectives regarding cultural phenomena.


D. Common Grading Categories and Percentage Ranges

All instructors must have the following categories appear on their syllabi, and the grade weight percentages must fall within the given ranges.
 
Tests: 
30-40%
Compositions: 
10-20%
Oral Evaluation: 
10-20%
Homework/Multimedia: 
10-20%
Participation/Preparation:
10-20%
Final Examination: 
15-25%

When drafting syllabi, instructors may choose to specify in section descriptions the breakdown of a given percentage.  For example, if you list Homework/Multimedia as 20%, in your paragraph description of Homework and Multimedia on your syllabus, you can further specify, for example that 10% will be homework and 10% multimedia (or 5 and 15, etc.).  This is not required, but some instructors may prefer to do this.
 

E. Materials to be Covered from Imaginez.

E.1 Division of Chapters

FR 2110 will cover chapters 1-4 in Imaginez 3rd edition.
FR 2120 will cover chapters 5-9 in Imaginez 3rd edition.

E.2 Grammar Points to Cover
For each chapter, grammar points are identified as "Required" or "Optional" (see list below)
•  Required points (in green font) must be covered in all sections
•  Optional points (in blue font and designated as "optional") may be taught at the discretion of the individual instructor

FR 2110 (Third edition; chapters 1-4)

Chapter 1 
1.1 Spelling-changing verbs 
1.2 Irregular verbs 
1.3 Forming questions (including "quel," however "lequel" is optional)
1.4 Present tense of regular verbs 

Optional: 1.3 "lequel," 1.5 Imperative

 

Chapter 2 
2.1 Reflexives and Reciprocals 
2.2 Descriptive adjectives and agreement 
2.3 Adverbs 

Optional: 2.4 Nouns and articles, 2.5 Il est/c'est

Chapter 3
3.1 Passé composé – avoir 
3.2 Passé composé – être 
3.3 Passé composé vs. imparfait 
3.5 Imparfait forms and uses 

Optional: 3.4 Possessive adjectives 

Chapter 4
4.1 Plus-que-parfait 
4.2 Negation (but NOT indefinite adjectives) 
4.3 Irregular –ir verbs 

Optional: 4.2 Indefinite adjectives (4.2 Negation is required), 4.4 Demonstrative adjectives, 4.5 Passé simple


FR 2120 (Third edition; chapters 5-9)

Chapter 5
5.1 Partitive
5.2 Pronouns y and en (without imperative)
5.3 Order of pronouns (without imperative)
5.4 Object pronouns (without imperative)

Optional: Imperative (wherever it appears in 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4), 5.5 Past participle agreement

Chapter 6
6.1 Subjunctive (impersonal, will, opinion, emotion)
6.2 Relative pronouns (qui, que, dont, où, NOT ce qui/que/dont or prepositions)
6.3 Irregular –re verbs

Optional: 6.2 Relative pronouns with "ce," and/or prepositions, 6.4 Disjunctive pronouns, 6.5 Possessive pronouns

Chapter 7
7.1 Comparative and superlative (adjectives and adverbs)
7.2 Futur simple (including basic si clauses, p. 255)
7.3 Subjunctive (doubt, conjunctions, NOT past subjunctive)

Optional: 7.3 Past subjunctive, 7.4 Past participles as adjectives, 7.5 Time expressions
 
Chapter 8
8.3 Conditionnel (including basic si clauses, p. 297)
Optional: 8.1 Infinitives 8.2 Prepositions with geographical names, 8.4 Prepositions with infinitives, 8.5 Subjunctive after indefinites and superlatives

Chapter 9
9.3 Irregular –oir verbs
9.4 Savoir vs. connaître

Optional: 9.1 Demonstrative pronouns, 9.2 Present participle, 9.5 Faire causatif

Chapter 10 (NO required items – the entire chapter is optional)
10.1 Past conditional, 10.2 Future perfect, 10.3 Si clauses (basic si clauses are already covered in 7.2 Futur simple [p. 255] and 8.3 Conditionnel [p. 297]), 10.4 Indirect discourse; 10.5 Passive voice


E.3 Culture

Each faculty member must incorporate at least one cultural "item" of his/her choice from each chapter of Imaginez taught.
A culture "item" is broadly defined as any one of the following from Imaginez: court métrage, cultural reading, or literary reading.

E.4. Additional Readings

Although we no longer use a separate reader in the 2000-level, faculty are welcome/encouraged to incorporated supplemental reading materials as they see fit. This is not required, it is only an option for faculty who wish to incorporate outside materials into their classes.
Faculty can submit the reading materials to the coordinator in pdf format to have them put on the library's electronic reserve under the coordinator's name, if they so wish. Again this is not required, simply an option. Faculty are welcome to distribute materials solely to their own sections in whatever format they prefer.
The text titles and authors should be sent to the coordinator so they can be listed here, so as to ensure that everyone knows what is being used where and there is no accidental overlap between supplemental readings used in 2110 (if any) and 2120.
 

F. Tests

All Group I, II, III and IV faculty are responsible for their own tests.  TAs will be given tests to use by the coordinator.
 

G. Oral Evaluation

This can take whatever format the instructor prefers; possible examples might include: oral exam/interview; oral presentations in class; dialogs between students in front of the teacher; student recordings made at home and turned in; or any other option you might imagine.  Feel free to be creative.  The use of class time is authorized for this. Instructors should strive to complete the oral evaluation in three days.  If an instructor wishes to do some or all of the oral evaluations outside of class, that is fine, but not required.  This assessment must take place at least once per semester.  Instructors may opt to do it twice a semester if they wish.
 

H. Combined Final Exam

The final exam for second-year French is a "combined sections" final exam.  There are two major parts to any second-year final examination – a common part and an individual part.  All instructors of a particular course must incorporate the common part into their final exams. The individual part is made up by the instructor for his/her particular section(s) alone, and will deal with any items not covered on the common part which that instructor wishes to include on the final for his/her sections. In other words, roughly half of any instructor's final exam will consist of the common part used in all sections and the other half of the instructor's exam will consist of exercises unique to his/her own section. Starting Spring 2016, this policy applies to all faculty including Athens faculty, RHE faculty, and CCP faculty.

Starting Spring 2016: All instructors -- Athens Campus, RHE, CCP -- are required to give the combined portion of the final exam to their students.

The final examination for each section MUST be given on the day and time assigned by the university according to the official schedule of combined sections examinations provided by the registrar's office.

http://www.ohio.edu/registrar/finals.cfm

Remember that all second-year French courses use the "Combined Sections Examination Schedule" and NOT the "regular" final examination schedule. The only exception to this is in terms where only one section of a given course is offered.