FRENCH 455 INTENSIVE LANGUAGE REVIEW

Dr. Herkstroeter

                          Winter, 2010

 

OFFICE: 241 Brown

 

PHONE: (989) 964-4333

Office hours: M    2:30-4:00

              W 2:30-4:00

              or by appointment

 

web page: www.svsu.edu/~herks                              email:   herks@svsu.edu

 

 

Text:               FRENCH FOR ORAL & WRITTEN REVIEW (5th edition) CM

                        by Carlut and Meiden

 

                         

                      Class attendance is required. More than three absences will result in a penalty. (Note: skipping half a class is half an absence.)

                      The only time you will be excused is in case of bad weather if the PUBLIC schools in the district where you live are closed. If this is the case, please call or e-mail Dr. Herkstroeter that day. If she is unavailable, leave a message for her voice mail stating what school district you live in and that you are staying home because of bad weather. Note: you are still responsible for whatever material was covered that day.

 

                      Three tardy arrivals equals one absence.

 

                      If, on a given day, you are unprepared, come to class anyway. Just tell me ahead of time and I won't pick on you. If this happens repeatedly, however, it will affect your grade.

 

Objectives. Students will:

            1.        Review and practice the main grammar points in French.

            2.         Write exercises and translations demonstrating their understanding.

            3.         Use certain problem vocabulary words correctly.

            4.         Write short papers biweekly, correct and resubmit them.

            5.         Speak French in class.

            6.         Use certain internet sites effectively for reference and practice.

 

The first hour of class will be spent doing grammar rules, exercises and going over homework from the book. The second hour will be spent on conversation, discussion of news articles and group activities on Mondays. On Wednesdays hour will be spent in the lab.

 

 

 

 

Grading scale

 

                                                         A           93-100

                                                         A-          90-92

                                                         B+         88-89

                                                         B           83-87

                                                         B-          80-82

                                                         C+         78-79

                                                         C           70-77

                                                         D           65-69

                                                         F            less than 65

 

The grade will be calculated in the following way:

                                                6 two-page compositions                                40 pts 

                                                midterm exam 

                                                final exam                                                       15

                                                class participation                                           25

                                                            (homework, cercles de discussion) 

 

Dates              Material

 

Jan. 11            Introduction, Chapter 1 Interrogatives CM

                        

Jan 13           Interrogatives (cont)

 

Jan. 18            Chap. 2         Adjectives CM

 

Jan. 20            Chap. 3         Adverbs CM

                        Composition

 

Jan. 27            Chap. 4           Use of Tenses CM

 

Feb. 1              Tenses (cont.)

 

Feb. 3              Chap 5            Personal Pronouns CM

                        Composition

 

Feb. 8              Chap. 6 Past Tenses in Narration CM

 

Feb. 10            Past (cont)

 

Feb. 15            Chap 7            Possessives

                        Composition

 

Feb. 17            Chap 8            Participles

 

Feb. 22           Chap 9            Demonstratives

 

Feb. 24           Chap. 10         Relatives CM

 

 

March 1          Relatives (cont)

 

March 3          Review 

 

March 7-14      Spring Break

 

March 15        Midterm exam

                                     

March 17        Chap. 11         The Subjunctive          

 

March 22 Subjunctive (cont)

                        Composition

 

March 24        Chap. 12         The Article

 

March 29        The Article (cont)

 

March 31        Chap. 13         Indefinite Nouns CM

 

April 5            Chap. 14         Passive Voice & Causal Construction CM  

                                                Composition

 

April 7            Chapter 15      Devoir CM

 

April 12          Devoir (cont)

 

April 14          Chapter 16      Constructions with Prepositions CM

 

April 19          Chapter 17      Problem Prepositions CM

                        Composition

                        Review

 

April 21          Review

 

April 26          Final Exam (comprehensive)