COURSE SPECIFICATION Course code Course title Department FRE 107 BASIC WRITING IN FRENCH LANGUAGES/LING/LITT.STUD/VIS ARTS(French) Credit unit 2 Level (UG) 100 Course Coordinator Dr. Nwosu-NWORUH Official phone number and email 08130800022 address [email protected] Office Hours Mondays 11-1pm Other staff (if applicable) MISS Mercy ODU Official phone number and email 08064619542 address [email protected] Office Hours Lecture Time Lecture Venue Tutorial Time Tutorial Venue For academic year Contact hours for the semester Tuesdays 11-1pm A1 N/A N/A 2013/2014 LECTURES- 24 hours Assessment MID SEMESTER EXAM- 20% COURSEWORK- 10% EXAM70% This course is to be taken as part of the B.A FRENCH following programmes: COURSE AIMS- ALIGNMENT WITH FUNAI’S VISION, MISSION AND PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The course aims to gradually introduce the students to the written aspect of French. INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES At this early stage of their learning French, emphasis will be on spelling, simple sentences, understanding differences and similarities in writing in English and French: Use of verbs, nature of verbs, adjectives, personal pronouns, spatiotemporal situations in texts like narrative, descriptive and argumentative essays. Also, they should be able to distinguish between oral & written language in their written expression. LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS The course will be taught in French and English> This is to enable the students gradually master the vocabulary in French without losing their knowledge in English. At the end of each topic, the students will be given a take-home task for further practice. INDICATIVE CONTENT Lecture/seminar programme FUNAI WEEK 4 Topic/Course outline Tasks/Think points for private study Lecturer Comparing the use of punctuation signs with English. Dr. NwosuNWORUH/Miss Mercy ODU 5 Punctuation- point, virgule, etc. Learning different punctuation marks in French (Page 66-67) Types of texts: narrative (content/evaluation) 6 Descriptive (content & evaluation) 7 Argumentative (content & evaluation) 8 9 Letter writing: Personal Letter(content & Evaluation) Official letter (content & Evaluation) 10 Mid –Semester Test 11 Writing simple forms of: Narrative essay 12 Descriptive essay 13 Argumentative essay 14 Personal letter- cartes postales, remerciement 18 Official letter- invitation letters- letters de motivation, lettres de commande, lettres administratives’ Moving from oral to writing daily experiences in French Learning and using appropriate vocabulary and adjectives Emphasizing on the nature of verbs used in writing argumentative texts Differences in English and French The tone of such forms of official writing. Similarities in English & French Mid–Semester Test Advancing to ‘genres’: learning how to write format for-Conte/fable, carnet de bord, memoires’, etc. Use of adjectives and appropriate words for simple but detailed description‘Menu, Recipe’, etc. Debates, opinion poll, justification for tastes and preferences Creativity : asking the students to prepare postcards, invitation letters, etc. Responding to simple advert in simple language, ordering things,etc. Dr. NwosuNWORUH/Miss Mercy ODU 19 Keeping diary 20 21 22 23 Keeping diary contd. Revision Exams Exams The students will submit the Diaries which they kept from the beginning of the class. Reading in class of their Diaries, correction of their language. INDICATIVE KEY LEARNING RESOURCES Core reading list This course is in part based around notions and/or material that can be found in the core text(s) listed below. It is therefore likely that you will use, or refer to, in your lecture/seminar sessions the notions and/or material in the books listed here. You will likely be directed to study aspects of these texts in your out-of-classroom time, that is, in your private study. References: Nwosu N.N (2008) Bien écrire en français.Lagos, Kimas Resources The Textbook will be available to the students @ N500 Supplementary reading Internet sources: Wikipedia, etc. CONTINIOUS ASSESSMENT The Intended Learning Outcomes are assessed through: Assessment Mid semester Exams Coursework (Assignment) Semester Exams Weight 20% 10% 70% Deliverables - important dates Ensure that you make a careful note of when the assessment tasks are due in for this course. Try not to leave working on these tasks until the last minute – this is stressful for you and tends to lead to poor quality work. Remember that you have several assessments (for different courses) due the same week and you will need to plan for this. Assessment Mid semester exam- Due date FUNAI WEEK 10 Feedback & Result 14 working days after the To be held at the regular class time and venue Coursework Semester Exam assessment TO BE DETERMINED BY COURSE COORDINATOR FUNAI WEEK 22-23 14 working days after the assessment Feedback on your work The university is committed to providing you with written feedback for all assessed coursework within 14 working days from the submission date. You will get feedback on your performance on a feedback form which will be returned to you. If you do not receive feedback within this time, then you should first contact the course leader. If it proves necessary, you should then contact the Head of Department. Submitted coursework, including your final year project, will not be returned to you. This is true for all coursework, in all courses and at all levels, and does not apply to only this course. We must keep the original copy of all coursework to provide the external examiners with a complete record of your work. Late coursework It is the University policy to accept and grade all late items of coursework (up to the published latest date for submission). There is no such thing as 'an extension'. You cannot negotiate new deadlines, and you do not need to get agreement about handing in your work late from the course leader or any other member of staff. Late coursework submissions are, however, subject to penalties (capping) that determine the maximum grade that you can achieve depending upon how late the work is. The current penalty scale can be found below: The following caps to be uniformly applied, in the absence of relevant mitigating circumstances accepted by the BoE: Up to 1 working day late Up to 2 working days late Up to 5 working days late Up to 10 working days late Up to 15 working days late More than 15 working days late Mark capped at 90% Mark capped at 80%; Mark capped at 70%; Mark capped at 60%; Mark capped at 50%; Mark capped at 0%. A working day is here defined as Monday to Friday at any time of year, with the exception of Nigeria national holidays. Students with mitigating circumstances can apply to have penalties removed via submission of the appropriate form and evidence within 7 days of the submission deadline. How to do this can be found in the University Assessment Policy and Procedure. Planning your time i. Students are expected to attend all classes including seminars and laboratory sessions for each course. It is mandatory for students to have a minimum attendance of 75% in this course to be eligible to take the final semester examination. ii. Note: Instructors are not required to provide mid semester test make-up.