French IV/UMKC 211 Fall 2015-16 Mme. Walton [email protected] Room 914 5th hour Plan Course Outline: Description: This class is designed for students who wish further develop their comprehensive and communicative skills in the language. Readings of moderate difficulty, grammar review and practice in writing are incorporated. The goal is attainment of intermediate proficiency in the language. An honor point may be earned for each semester passed. Students may earn 3 hours of college credit per semester if they meet UMKC prerequisites. A UMKC fee is required if this course is taken for college credit. Objectives: To develop sufficient linguistic skills in speaking, reading, writing and understanding in French to communicate at an elementary level—enough to perform simple tasks in everyday situations using appropriate courtesy levels, and to be able to ask and answer questions in short conversations. Outcomes: 1. Describe and compare in French (in speech and in writing) several issues facing contemporary society, significant aspects of francophone culture, and through chosen texts. Discuss family and friends, and relationships, discuss different living settings (city/suburbs/small towns/country, discuss the media in our society (tv, radio, internet, press, films), discuss civic duties (vote, crime, court, politics etc.) 2. Write sentences, paragraphs and essays in French with a full range of modes in different settings of formality. Narrate in speech and in writing (with appropriate guidance) using object pronouns, relative pronouns, the present, past(s), future(s), the conditional(s) and the subjunctive. The main focus in 211 will be the present tense, futur proche and futur, passe compose, imparfait and plus-que-parfait tenses. 3. Watch short French films with French subtitles and discuss the main aspects of the plot and the cultural significance. 4. Read and analyze culturally significant (modified) texts with unfamiliar vocabulary and storylines. 5. Listen to paragraph length narratives on (reasonably) familiar topics and identify the main concepts and supporting details. 6. Communicate with another person in French by asking and answering questions on a variety of topics, especially those of a personal nature and those outlined in #1 above Text: Imaginez, Vista Higher Learning, 2011 Units: Unités 1-4 Grading: 25% Chapter Tests/Quizzes 40% Participation/Preparation (homework, classwork, etc.) 20% Compositions 5% Final Oral Project 10% Final Exam Expectations: Participation: To learn a foreign language you must actively participate in class every day. This means listening, speaking, reading, writing and thinking in French class. Taking an active role this way will ensure your success. Participation is also expected at the Modern Language Fair in March. Attendance: It is imperative to be in class daily in order to practice your language skills. You can make up written work at home, but you cannot make up active listening and speaking. Good attendance is a priority! Homework: It will be necessary to commit to daily homework and French practice outside the classroom. Come prepared daily! Quizzes/Tests: You will have several quizzes and one test per chapter. We will do several projects throughout Make up/late work policy: 2 days to turn in missed work from an absence. Schedule test/quiz makeup within 2-3 days. Late work is accepted up to one day for ½ credit. Supplies: Bring your French folder to class daily. Come prepared with pencils or pens (blue or black only). Plagiarism/Cheating: Academic integrity is important! Your work should represent your work and not that of another student or a translator. UMKC links to statement on Student rights and responsibilities and UMKC policy on plagiarism:http://www.umkc.edu/hscp/Students/StudentResponsibilities.asp Plagiarism link: http://www1.law.umkc.edu/academic/plagiarism.htm and http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/.