Southern Maine Community College South Portland, Maine 04106 ___________________________________________________________________________________ Title: Introduction to French Catalogue number: FREN 101-01 Credit Hours: 4 Total Contact Hours: 60 Instructor: Jean-Christophe Barré email: Jbarre@smccme.edu Office hours: by appointment _________________________________________________________________________________________________ FR 101-FALL 2022 Online class on ZOOM & Brightspace COURSE SYLLABUS Course description: Emphasizing the active use of the language, this course develops the fundamental skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It includes an introduction to the cultural background of France and the Francophone world. Cultural contexts and authentic materials will be used to promote an understanding of French and Francophone Cultures. During online class, you should be using HEADPHONES & HAVE YOUR CAMERA ON AT ALL TIME for a better online learning environment. The sound quality is extremely important for remote learning. Each class contains multiple activities, including real-life language use, Q&A, watching YouTube videos, using web links, listening audio files, presentations, and role playing among others. The course will focus on oral comprehension and French phonetics. Interactive materials component create a multifaceted and challenging learning environment. This course is appropriate for students with two or fewer years of high school French. No prerequisite Course objectives: students will develop basic proficiency in French in a communicative environment. The ACTIVE PARTICIPATION of the student is encouraged for better results. As in-person classes, you will be expected to participate and be engaged. Participation will be graded. After successfully completing the course, student will be able to: 1) Understand the phonetics of French and its specific components 2) Understand spoken French in a variety of basic situations 3) Understand the basic of French grammar and apply the grammatical concepts in contextualized situations 4) Produce simple and accurate phrases in oral and written environments 5) Be understood in a variety of basic situations 6) Demonstrate the capacity to read texts exclusively in the target language 7) Demonstrate the use and knowledge of basic French vocabulary 8) Be aware and discuss cultural differences and similarities Textbook No textbook is required, but the material (lesson & homework packets) will be available on Brightspace every week. The review of these documents is essential to understand and integrate the lessons and do the assignments correctly. The book English grammar for students of French is highly recommended: ISBN #: 13: 978-0-934034-42-5 Why learning French? French is one of the most popular and widely spoken European languages in the world! "If you want a language for international business, politics, or travel, French is best," says Pablo Solomon, a former teacher, counselor, and consultant to the U.S. Department of Education. French is ranked 2nd most influential language in the world. It's the official language in 29 countries! French is spoken by over 200 million people on five continents! It's a key language in the business community and is a key to innumerable business connections with U.S. firms. For instance, they are a great deal of French companies in Boston area and all around New England that are interested to hire individuals with French language skills. "French is also the language of choice in the arts." According to the 2012 Tourism Highlights publication from United Nations World Tourism Organization, France is ranked #1 on the international tourist list. So you will be able to practice your French while traveling everywhere in the world: you can travel to Canada and the Province of Québec, our neighbor to the north! France of course and Frenchspeaking Belgium are members of the European Union. You can also go visit Switzerland, Luxembourg and African countries such as Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal, Benin, Togo, Rwanda, Cameroon, Ivory Cost... French is also a fantastic research language for anyone hoping to complete graduate study. A good deal of research and learned writings have been published in French, including a huge body of scholarly journals and books from a culture that produced some of the finest minds in the sciences, philosophy, music, literature and other humanities. Becoming bilingual or multilingual is a great way to be part of the open world and be prepared for global career opportunities down the line. ATTENDANCE POLICY-ATTITUDE-HOMEWORK Students are expected to attend class and actively participate in all aspects of the learning process. This includes class discussions, written work, and in-class activities. Participation is essential to language acquisition. In order for you to participate in class actively in class, you should review the appropriate material ahead of time. National and local studies have shown a direct correlation between attendance and grade performance. Therefore, attendance is considered mandatory. Assignments and homework will be given at each class and must be completed before the next one. You can't expect to make progress or succeed if you don't do the homework or review your materials. In the event that you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what material you have missed and any homework assignments. STUDENT EVALUATION-GRADING Attendance-Participation: 20%- Students are expected to attend class and actively participate in all aspects of the learning process. Participation in class is valued. Great questions ask questions! Speaking during classes is essential to language acquisition and to improve your pronunciation and oral expression skills. Assignments-Homework: 20% Homework will be given after each class to reinforce your skills and introduce the next lesson. All assignments & homework will be graded. Quizzes-Mid-term-: 30%- Quizzes will be given at anytime. Written Final Exam: 20%- This is a cumulative exam based on several lessons. Final Oral assessment: 10%- This is an Oral Proficiency Interview (one on one) conducted at the end of the semester. Your grade will be impacted after two unexcused absences. After more than 6 absences, you will be given an F. The grade scale is as follows: 100-93=A+ 92-90=A- 79-78=C+ 77-72=C 89-87=B+ 86-82=B 81-80=B- 71-70=C- 69-67= D+ 66-60 = D Below 60=F PLEASE REMEMBER FOR A BETTER ONLINE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT * USE HEADPHONES * YOU CAMERA HAS TO BE ON *It's imperative for the student to prepare the material BEFORE he/she arrives in class. *Please no gum in class: It does NOT help with the pronunciation. END-OF-COURSE-EVALUATION Students complete evaluations for each course attended at SMCC. Evaluations are submitted online and can be accessed through the student portal. Students can access the course evaluations beginning one week before the end of classes. The deadline for submission of evaluations occurs Monday at 5 p.m. following the last day of the class. You will receive an email to your student e-mail account when course evaluations are available. ADA SYLABUS STATEMENT Southern Maine Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and employer. 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The instructor may assign a failing grade for the assignment or course and may require the student to complete additional work for the course. The instructor may consult with the department chair and/or the College’s chief academic officer prior to making such decisions. If a student seeks to challenge an instructor’s determination, the student should submit a grade appeal. Grade appeal forms are available in the Advising Office on the South Portland Campus or in the administrative offices in the Learning Commons on the Midcoast Campus. An instructor may also refer the matter to the College’s disciplinary officer for review under the procedures of the MCCS Student Code of Conduct SYLLABUS- French FR 101-01 Fall 2022 Online class on Zoom & Brightspace Week 1: Lesson 1: Course introduction, explanation of grading procedures and expectations. Learning objectives: Greetings in French and cultural note. Vocabulary: greetings and introductions. The French alphabet, the accent marks in French. Phonetics: general tips about French pronunciation: silent letters and liaison Week 2: Lesson 2: review of lesson 1. Learning objectives: Vocabulary: days of the week. Grammar: subject pronouns, with special attention to tu and vous. Cultural note: tu versus vous. Introducing yourself, stating your nationality and profession. Grammar: conjugating être in the present tense. Expressions using the verb être. Counting in French. Week 3: Lesson 3: review of lesson 2 Learning objectives: Grammar: C'est versus Il/Elle est to state someone's profession or nationality Introducing somebody else. Describing personality traits using être + adjective. Grammar: adjective agreement. List of adjectives. Phonetics: pronunciation of adjectives: grand versus grande Week 4: Lesson 4: review of lesson 3 Learning objectives: Reviewing numbers in French. Grammar: conjugating avoir in the present tense. Expressions using the verb avoir. Describing someone's age. Grammar: the negative construction: NE + verb + PAS. Week 5: Lesson 5: review of lesson 4 Learning objectives: Stating what you own using un, une, des. Phonetics: special attention to the pronunciation of un versus une. Grammar: possessive adjectives. Describing your family. Vocabulary around la famille Week 6: Lesson 6: review of lesson 5 Learning objectives: Strategies to read and understand a text. Definition of a cognate. Grammar: asking simple questions. (3 forms: casual-standard-formal) Cultural note: Le petit Nicolas est malade. Week 7: Lesson 7: review of lesson 6 Learning objectives: Gender of nouns. Grammar: general tips to decide whether a noun is feminine or masculine Forming plural nouns. Grammar: the indefinite articles: forms and uses. Indefinite articles in a negative construction. Week 8: Lesson 8: review of lesson 7 Learning objectives: The definite articles: forms and uses. Using the structure IL Y A + articles Cultural note: visit of Paris and its monuments. Week 9: Lesson 9: review of lesson 8 Learning objectives: Reviewing the use of articles: describing what you like, what you own. Grammar: conjugating regular -ER verbs. Practicing using -ER verbs, -ER verbs list. Special attention to -ER stem changing verbs The verb ALLER Week 10 Lesson 10: review of lesson 9 Learning objectives: The contracted and non-contracted articles. List of verbs followed by the preposition À or DE. Vocabulary: places around town. The near future: aller +infinitive. Week 11: Lesson 11: review of lesson 10 Learning objectives: Grammar: prepositions of space: describing where things are. Prepositions + geographical locations. Vocabulary: talking about activities. The verb FAIRE. Understanding and giving directions. Week 12 Lesson 12: review of lesson 11 Learning objectives: Grammar: asking specific questions using question words. List of question words. Asking a specific question in 3 forms: casual-standard-formal. The use of QUEL. Week 13: Lesson 13: review of lesson 12 Learning objectives: Grammar: conjugation the verbs -IR, -OIR, -RE in the present tense. List of common verbs. Week 14: review of lesson 13 Learning objectives: Reviewing -IR, -OIR, -RE verbs conjugation Asking specific questions using all types of verbs. Partitive articles. Expressions of quantities. Ordering food/drinks. Vocabulary around food and cultural note: la cuisine française . Week 15: Preparation and review for the final exam. Week 16: Final Exams.