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|FRENCH TABLE: Monday at noon in Foss; Wednesday at 6pm in Foss
Regular attendance at French table is strongly encouraged !
Every student MUST ATTEND the French table at least ONCE each month during the semester.
Attendance at one of the French films sponsored by the Department of French & Italian is also required:
24 September at 7 pm in Lovejoy 215: Haute Cuisine
12 November at 7 pm in Lovejoy 215: Vatel
Welcome to Fr126!
This is the second course in the French language sequence at Colby College. It is intended for students who have already studied French in high school or at Colby (FR125). Students who have not previously studied French at Colby will have placed into the course based on a placement test.
|Learning Goals for FR 126:
By the end of FR 126, most students should be able to use spoken French to describe familiar people, places and objects, use French in travel situations, write a cohesive paragraph in French, understand spoken French used for classroom purposes as well as simple conversations and messages on audio and video recordings, and read short literary and cultural texts. Please make sure to talk to me, should you find that this class is far too easy for you, so that I may move you up a level.
This course will be conducted entirely and exclusively in French, and you will be expected to speak French at all times during class. If you are confused and lost, we encourage you to ask questions in French, using simple phrases and questions, such as: “Excusez-moi, je ne comprends pas”; “Pourriez-vous répéter s’il vous plaît”, “Comment dit-on….?”, “Est-ce que vous pouvez expliquer….”. Don’t be afraid to speak up in class!!! Don’t expect to understand absolutely everything you hear from the outset; pay close attention, get the gist of what is going on, ask for clarifications and in little time you will be following easily. You may always ask your instructor questions in English outside of class or during office hours.
Text and Methodology for FR126:
Motifs. This is the name of the text, which "immerses students in the study of French and encourages them to become active participants in learning about the language and the culture." Motifs is based on the premise that "students' primary motivation to learn French is to acquire the ability to communicate in the language." Thus, Motifs has "carefully selected contexts in which [...] students might reasonably expect to communicate. [...] In the process of discovering the language, students are introduced to the French-speaking world in a way that challenges them to look at their own cultural practices more objectively."
Initially, you will be asked to say things before you fully understand how they work. You will be asked to glean meaning from all kinds of clues to understand the gist of something, even if you don’t understand every word. You will be communicating from the first day of class.
A few other things you should know about learning French at Colby:
1. Oral skills. These include pronunciation and accent as well as your mastery of the structures and vocabulary learned in class. The goal is not necessarily to sound like a French person, but to be understood by a French speaker. Class will be conducted entirely in French to maximize your practice time.
2. Written French. Although Motifs emphasizes oral French, you will improve your writing skills, including spelling, through short writing assignments and dictation practice throughout the semester.
3. Oral and written comprehension. Your ability to comprehend both written texts and spoken language will far exceed your ability to produce them. This is normal and should be expected. You will be amazed at how much you will understand in a very short time.
• For this class, a compact or concise dictionary is fine, but if you plan to continue French, you probably want to invest in a larger dictionary right away. It’s much easier to select the right word from a large dictionary. You also get much more information on how to use words in context.
Grade breakdown at a glance
Participation and preparation
Regular class attendance, preparation, and participation:
Since the development of effective listening and speaking skills is emphasized in French 126, it is essential that students be in class daily to participate in communicative activities of all types. Moreover, daily attendance and class participation will foster progress in French since language learning is a cumulative process best developed through steady, regular study and practice.
Preparation for class is essential, or you will be lost in class.
By preparing carefully outside of class, individual students are confident and ready to take part in classroom communicative activities. In addition, students often find that daily class preparation leads to higher levels of performance on course tests and exams because as they prepare for class on a daily basis, students also prepare for tests and exams. Active engagement with course material is key to your success.
Be systematic and thorough in your preparation of assignments outside of class.
Begin by familiarizing yourself with the overall theme of the lesson you are preparing, writing down the new vocabulary you are to memorize. Write out the answers to all grammatical exercices and bring them DAILY TO CLASS. Prepare the "Activités" orally (unless directed otherwise by your instructor). Your oral performance in class gives us an indication of how well you have prepared, and you will receive a daily participation grade.
The preparation of reading and writing assignments will be reviewed throughout the semester.
You are expected to have a three-ring binder for the class divided into six sections:
1-Exercices (assigned from Motifs)
2- Grammar (handouts on Grammatical Structures along with your own study guides)
3-Verbs (notes from class, related handouts, and your own lists or study guide)
4-Vocabulary (notes from class, related handouts, and your own lists or study guide)
5-Quizzes (including dictations) & Tests
6-Other handouts (on pronunciation, etc.)
|Class participation (15%) graded as follows:
A--Always well prepared for class; speaks up easily and willingly; contributes ideas and opinions; shows mastery of the material, asks questions, brings textbook every class; participates well in small group work; speaks French to classmates; attends class regularly, always on time
B--Usually well prepared, participates actively but does not demonstrate full mastery of material; volunteers and contributes ideas/opinions occasionally; oral skills needs some improvement, participates quite well in small group work but needs to be reminded to use French with classmates
C--Moderately well prepared; tries when called on but gives inconsistent results; does not bring textbook every class period; speaks only when spoken to, listens passively; uses English; contributes little to group discussions/work; Does not attend class regularly
D--Is working at the minimal basic level; does not participate efficiently either because of class performance or repeated unexcused absences or tardiness
F--Performance is unacceptable; anything from absences to unprepared, disinterested attitude can gain you this grade.
|Homework/Grammar practice (10%):
There are two types:
a. “Voix en direct” and other oral exercices (on Text Audio CD; see "To the Student, pp. xiv-xix):
These are to be done orally; the TEXT audio CD is in a pocket at the back of your book.
THIS ORAL PRACTICE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. It will enhance your performance on phonetics tests and oral exams and is essential to help you produce the language “automatically.” Expect periodic unannounced quizzes on these exercises that will also appear on written exams.
b. “Structures utiles" (grammatical exercises):
Four oral pronunciation tests (10%):
Verb and vocabulary quizzes, and dictations (10%):
Six writing assignments “écrits” (10%):
This class can be a lot of fun if everyone enters into it with enthusiasm, good humor, and the commitment to speak French at all times--good French, bad French, funny French, fractured French--as long as you are trying, you will get something out of it.
Consider the following principles and habits of successful
4) Make the process of learning a foreign language active by reading your lessons aloud and by writing what you wish to commit to memory (i.e., new vocabulary words and conjugations of verbs)
a notebook of grammar rules with examples to illustrate them.
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