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.


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

STANDARD TEXT TITLES AND INFORMATION FOR SECOND-YEAR COURSES

FR2110

Grammar:  Imaginez: Le français sans frontières (Second Edition, Leçons 1-5)
  Student Activities Manual
  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 actiity.
 

FR2120

Grammar:  Imaginez: Le français sans frontières (Second Edition, Leçons 6-10)
  Student Activities Manual
  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 actiity.

If you are in need of a textbook, contact the coordinator and you will be provided with the materials you need.

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 FR2110, you may not assign activities, readings, etc. from chapters of Imaginez specified for FR2120.

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.


ELECTRONIC RESERVE

An electronic reserve copy of all Imaginez textbook and workbook materials for the first chapter of FR 2110 (Leçon 1) and FR 2120 (Leçon 6) are available online:

FR 2110 MATERIALS

FR 2120 MATERIALS
 

IF THE ABOVE LINKS DO NOT WORK:

1. Go to the Alice Catalog Search Page

2. Click on the "Course Reserves" search tab.

3. Then search for "FR 2110" or "FR 2120"  (include a space between "FR" and the number).

4. When the next page comes up, click on "Coski"

5. This will show all the files for the course you plugged into the search field.


FRENCH TUTOR

The 2000-level French tutor's hours can be found here:

http://www.ohio.edu/people/coski/tutor.html

Note that the department provides tutoring for the fall and spring only.  There is no departmental tutor for the summer.


SYLLABUS RESPONSIBILITIES

A. Group I and Group II Faculty

Group I and Group 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 Syllabus

B. Group III and Group IV Faculty

Group III and Group IV faculty are responsible for making their own syllabi, but are required to follow the "Syllabus Guidelines for Second-Year French" below.  Additionally, Group III and 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 Syllabus

C. Teaching Associates (TAs)

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.


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, a new policy will soon be posted, based on the above, to be 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), 2% will be deducted from your final grade calculation. A student who has accumulated 5 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 3 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. Five (5) absences is an automatic 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 policy.  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 the absences thus accommodated use up all of a student's three free absences.  Any additional absences not part of the accommodation (whether they occurred prior to or after the accommodation) get penalized. Any instructor uncertain of whether to accommodate or how to do so should confer with the coordinator. TAs must always confer with the coordinator before making any accommodation.
 

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 5110 or 5120 will receive CR on their transcripts if they pass the class with a 60% or higher.

TUTORING: Tutoring in French is available through both the Department PACE Tutor and Tutoring Services.

The Department PACE tutor's services are offered on a walk-in basis and are free for all students. The Department tutor's days and times are posted at http://www.ohio.edu/people/coski/tutor.html and you can get additional information from your instructor. Most tutoring is done in Gordy Hall.

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. Common Grading Categories and Percentage Ranges

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.
 

D. Materials to be Covered from Imaginez.

D.1 Division of Chapters
FR2110 will cover chapters 1-5
FR2120 will cover chapters 6-10

D.2 Grammar Points to Cover
For each chapter, grammar points are identified as "Required" "Optional" or "Eliminated" (see list below)
•  Required points must be covered in all sections
•  Optional points may be taught at the discretion of the individual instructor
•  Eliminated points have been dropped from our curriculum and should not be taught in the second year

Chapter 1
Required:
1.1 Spelling-changing verbs
1.2 Irregular verbs
1.3 Forming questions
1.4 Present tense of regular verbs
Optional: None
Eliminated: 1.5 Imperative

Chapter 2
Required:
2.1 Reflexives and Reciprocals
2.2 Descriptive adjectives and agreement
2.3 Adverbs
Optional: 2.4 Nouns and articles
Eliminated: 2.5 Il est/c'est

Chapter 3
Required:
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
Eliminated: None

Chapter 4
Required:
4.1 Plus-que-parfait
4.2 Negation (but NOT indefinite adjectives)
4.3 Irregular –ir verbs
4.4 Demonstrative adjectives
Optional: 4.5 passe simple
Eliminated 4.2 Indefinite adjectives (4.2 negation is required)

Chapter 5
Required:
5.1 Partitive
5.2 Pronouns y and en
5.3 Order of pronouns
5.4 Object pronouns
5.5 Past participle agreement
Optional: None
Eliminated: Imperative (wherever it appears in 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4)

Chapter 6
Required:
6.1 Subjunctive (impersonal, will, opinion, emotion)
6.2 Relative pronouns
6.3 Irregular –re verbs
Optional: 6.5 Possessive pronouns
Eliminate: 6.4 Disjunctive pronouns

Chapter 7
Required:
7.1 Comparative and superlative (adjectives and adverbs)
7.2 Futur simple
7.3 Subjunctive (doubt, conjunctions, past subjunctive)
Optional: 7.5 Time expressions
Eliminated: 7.4 Past participles as adjectives

Chapter 8
Required:
8.1 Infinitives
8.3 Conditionnel
8.4 Prepositions with infinitives
Optional: 8.2 Prepositions with geographical names
Eliminated: 8.5 Subjunctive after indefinites and superlatives

Chapter 9
Required:
9.2 Present participle
9.3 Irregular –oir verbs
9.4 Savoir vs. connaître
Optional: 9.1 Demonstrative pronouns
Eliminated: 9.5 Faire causatif

Chapter 10
Required:
10.1 Past conditional
10.2 Future perfect
10.3 Si clauses
Optional: None
Eliminated: 10.4 Indirect discourse; 10.5 Passive voice

D.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.

D.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.
 

E. 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.
 

F. 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 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.
 

G. 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 contribute to the common part, and this common part is given to all sections of a particular course in any specified academic term.  The individual part is made up by the instructor of a particular section, 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.

Each semester the coordinator will assign portions of the common part to the faculty teaching the course in question, put their contributions together, submit the common part of the final to the relevant faculty for review, edit based on their recommendations, and then distribute the finished draft of the common final to those instructors.

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.