Spring Quarter 2011

Instructor  ________________________________       Section  _______________________________
Office  _____________________________________    Office Hours  __________________________
Phone  _____________________________________    e-mail  _________________________________
Course Coordinator:  Dr. Fred Toner, 279 Gordy, Athens campus, <>        

Required Texts:  ESPACES : Rendez-vous avec le monde francophone by Cherie Mitschke and Cheryl Tano.  Vista Higher Learning, 2nd edition, 2011 (Textbook, workbook, lab manual).

Bonjour et bienvenue!  Welcome to French 113, the third course in a three-term sequence of beginning French.  This course is a continuation of French 112.  Students who are unsure of their placement should consult with their instructor or with the course coordinator so that they may be placed appropriately.  This course will help you develop your French skills in a comprehensive manner, including proficiency building in all the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and will introduce you to the cultural richness of the French-speaking (francophone) world.  The focus of the course is on the students’ ability to use the language for communicative purposes.

Method of Evaluation:    See below (Grading Procedure) for more information.

        *3 Épreuves (Unit tests)        40%
        *Participation                10%
        *Travaux écrits            10%
    (Written work:  WB, Lab, Supersite, compositions, homework)
        *Examens oraux I et II        20% (10% + 10%)
        *Examen final                20%

Final Grade Determination:

100-93 A    92-90    A-    89-87    B+    86-83    B
82-80     B-    79-77    C+    76-73    C    72-70    C-
69-67     D+    66-63    D    62-60    D-    59-0    F

Incompletes:  An incomplete will be given with approval of the course coordinator only, and will be given only due to emergency or extenuating circumstances.  To be eligible to receive an incomplete, the student must have completed at least 80% of the course as explained in the syllabus, including attendance and participation.

Graduate Students:  For all graduate students enrolled in French 111, 112, or 113, a grade of CR will be given if the final grade is a B or above.  If the grade is B- or below, the letter grade will be given and will appear on the student’s transcript.

Academic Dishonesty:  The Ohio University Student Code of Conduct prohibits all forms of academic dishonesty.  In conformance with university policy, no form of cheating will be tolerated in this course.  At the instructor’s discretion, in consultation with the course coordinator, students who are believed to be violating this policy will be questioned immediately.  Possible consequences will be a grade of zero on the assignment, course failure, and/or referral to judiciaries.

Language use in the classroom: Expect to hear French spoken in class from the beginning. Your instructor will strive to speak only French in class. All the instructors do the same (in all the modern languages in all good universities).
We do this in order to maximize your exposure to the language in the limited class time we have. You need experience in hearing and using French for communication in order to develop communicative ability.

How to succeed in this course: It is important that you study the material in the textbook each day before you come to class and that you review the same material after each class (an average of 8 hours a week will be necessary to make satisfactory progress). Come to class with an awareness of the material, whether it is vocabulary or grammar (the grammar is explained in English in the textbook), because your instructor is going to incorporate and blend the material into the lesson which is conducted all in French.
 Develop the habit of only speaking French in class, with your instructor and with the other students. This will improve your French skills at an exponential rate, and will be highly beneficial for the oral exams (since this is done entirely in French). It will also be great for your participation grade.

Last Day to Drop:  Monday, May 2, 2011.

Grading Procedure:

    Épreuves (Unit Tests, 40%):  No make-ups are given. If you are absent on an exam day and your documentation for your absence satisfies your instructor; your final exam grade will replace the grade for the missed exam.  
If you do not have valid documentation for the absence, your final exam grade will replace the grade for the missed exam but your exam score (out of 100 points) will be reduced by 15 points.

    Participation (10%):  This component takes into account a number of variables including but not limited to:  1) your use of French, 2) your willingness to participate, 3) your cooperation in group and pair work, and 4) your respect and attitude towards the class and your peers.  Active participation is a must!  You are expected to be in class on time, and to be prepared.  Your participation will be evaluated on a weekly basis.

    Travaux écrits (10%): Assignments include exercises from the workbook/video manual, lab manual, Supersite, and compositions or other projects assigned in class or outside of class by your instructor. Your instructor may or may not accept late homework (with or without penalty).  Make sure to check with your instructor.

    Oral Exams (10% + 10%): The oral exams will be given on the days indicated on the class schedule. Each student will be assigned a specific day and time for his/her exam. Your specific day/time is the only time you need to come to class during the oral exam days.  If you are absent on the oral exam day and your documentation for your absence satisfies your instructor, you will be granted a make-up. If you do not have valid documentation for the absence, you will still be allowed the make-up but your exam score (out of 100 points) will be reduced by 15 points.

    Final Exam (20%):  All FR111-112-113 sections follow the Combined Sections Examination Schedule. If you have a conflict with another final exam, you will be granted an alternate exam date if required by the O.U. policy stated in the Schedule of Classes.  Please provide your instructor with a copy of your official class schedule on which you will also mark the dates and times of all your other finals. You must give this to your instructor no later than the dates indicated on the syllabus (May 6 and 13, 2011). If you fail to do so, your exam score (out of 100 points) will be reduced by 5 points if you miss the 1st date on the syllabus, or by 10 points if you miss the 2nd date on the syllabus. Alternate exams will take place AFTER the regularly scheduled Final Exam: they CANNOT be taken earlier.  
Note that dates, chance encounters, weddings, birthday parties, divorces, vacations, plane tickets, oversleeping (even if the electricity goes off), your sibling's graduation, job interviews, internship interviews, routine medical appointments, car problems, etc. are NOT valid reasons to request an alternate date for the final exam.
If you are absent on the final exam day but you do not have valid documentation for the absence (ex: if you mixed up your final dates/times, overslept, had car problems, etc.), you will be allowed a make-up if you contact your instructor within 24 hours or before the official quarter closing date (whichever comes first) but your exam score (out of 100 points) will be reduced by 20 points. If you fail to contact your instructor in that period, you will receive a zero.

Learning disabilities/Severe Illness: Students with learning (or other) disabilities and/or severe illness should confer with their instructor during the first week of class to arrange any necessary accommodations. It is the student's responsibility to bring documentation of any such conditions no later than the end of the first week of class.  

Absences: Your goal should be perfect attendance. Starting with a 4th unexcused absence, your final grade in the course will be lowered by 1 percentage point per absence. 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.  In essence, you are given 3 "free" days for which no documentation is necessary and for which you are not penalized. So do not squander these 3 days. Use the 3 days wisely. Keep them to cover absences for which documentation is not accepted. Note that attendance is taken on chapter exam days too.
Since much of class time is devoted to pair and group activities, your participation in class is necessary for your own progress and for your classmates’ success, as well.  Therefore, absences in excess of 10 will result in a failing grade for the course.

Absences that will be excused with documentation (note that it is your responsibility to remember to bring documentation to your instructor):
     Extracurricular activities/jury duty: If you are going to miss class because of a university-sanctioned extracurricular activity or jury duty, you have to notify your instructor and document such absences BEFORE the absence occurs.
     Religious holidays: It is your responsibility to check all your religious observance dates and to notify your instructor during the first week of class if such absences will occur.  
     Hospitalization/Illness: If you are hospitalized at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital or if you received out-patient care at the Student Health Service, you will have to give written permission for the information to be released so that your instructor may call for verification that you received outpatient care. If you receive medical care from personnel or facilities other than the Student Health Service, you are required to provide verification of the dates you received care. It is assumed that, whenever possible, you will visit the health service as an outpatient without
missing class.  
     Death in the immediate family: If you have to miss class due to a death in your immediate family, make sure to notify your instructor. It is expected that you will bring documentation upon your return.
Please note:  Regardless of the reason for the absence, NO documentation will be accepted as valid if it is turned in after final grades for the course have been submitted.

Emploi du temps

L    28 mars    Introduction.  
                        Unité 9A:  La Nourriture.  Contextes:  “Quel appétit!”
                        Les sons et les lettres
                        Talking about food, expressing needs, desires and abilities
M     29 mars    Roman-photo:  “Au supermarché”
                        Culture:  “Faire des courses,”  “Les fromages français”
J     31 mars    Structures:  “venir” and the “passé recent”
                        Time expressions with “depuis,” “pendant,” “il y a”
                        The verbs “devoir,” “vouloir” and “pouvoir”
V    01 avril     Révision, Le Zapping
L    04 avril    Unité 9B:  À table!
                        Les sons et les lettres
                        Setting the table, eating in a restaurant, shopping for food    
M    05 avril    Roman-photo:  “Le diner”
                        Making comparisons and discussing a meal
J     07 avril      Culture:  “Les repas en France”
                        Structures:  Comparatives and superlatives  
V    08 avril    Structures:  Double object pronouns
L    11 avril    Révision, Composition I
M   12 avril    EPREUVE I, Unité 9A et 9B
J    14 avril    Unité 10A:  La santé.  Contextes: “La routine quotidienne”
                        Les sons et les lettres    
                        Daily routines, personal hygiene, some body parts        
V    15 avril    Roman-photo:  “Drôle de surprise”
                        Culture:  “Les Français et la santé,”
                        Medical services and pharmacies in France.
L     18 avril    Structures:  Reflexive verbs
M    19 avril    Reflexives:  Sens idiomatique
J      21 avril    Révision, Le Zapping
V    22 avril    Unité 10B:  J’ai mal!
                        Les sons et les lettres
                        Describing your health, talking about remedies and well-being    
L    25 avril    Roman-photo:  “L’accident”
                        Structures:  The passé composé of reflexive verbs
M    26 avril    Structures:  The pronouns “y” and “en”
J      28 avril     EXAMEN ORAL I
V    29 avril     EXAMEN ORAL I
L    02 mai        Last day to drop the class.
                        EPREUVE II, Unité 10A et 10B
M    03 mai        Unité 11A:  La technologie.  Contextes:  “Le son et l’image”
                        Les sons et les lettres
                        Talking about communication and about electronics

J    05 mai        Roman-photo:  “C’est qui, Cyberhomme?”
                        Structures:  Prepositions with the infinitive
V    06 mai      Structures:  Reciprocal reflexives
Students with a conflict for the final exam MUST inform their instructor by this date, or receive a 5 point penalty on the final.
L    09 mai        Contextes:  “En voiture!”
                        Les sons et les lettres
                        Talking about cars and driving, saying what you would do

M    10 mai        Roman-photo:  “La panne”
                        Culture:  “Les voitures en France”
J    12 mai        Structures:  The verbs “ouvrir” and “offrir”
                        Structures:  Le conditionnel
V    13 mai        Révision, Composition II
Students with a conflict for the final exam MUST inform their instructor by this date or receive a 10 point penalty on the final.

L    16 mai        EPREUVE III, Unité 11A et 11B
M   17 mai        Unité 12A:  En ville.  Contextes:  “Les courses”
                        Les sons et les lettres
                        Making business transactions, getting around town
J    19 mai        Culture:  “Les moyens de paiement en France”
                        Structures:  Voir, croire, recevoir, and apercevoir
V    20 mai      Structures:  Negative / Affirmative expressions

L    23 mai        Révision, Composition III
M    24 mai        Contextes:  “Où se trouve?”
                        Les sons et les lettres
                        Asking for directions, telling what you will do
J    26 mai        Roman-photo:  “Chercher son chemin”
                        Structures:  le futur simple
V    27 mai      Structures:  Irregular future forms
L    30 mai        congé
M   31 mai        Révision
J     01 juin        EXAMEN ORAL II
V    02 juin        EXAMEN ORAL II

FR 113 FINAL EXAM        WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011.  4:40 P.M.