Topic outline

  • Intermediate French Conversation and Writing

    HUM1500: Intermediate French Conversation and Writing

    Professor Boukary Sawadogo

    Office: Gander 2

    Tel: 802-258-9280

     

    Course Objectives

    In this course, the emphasis will be to improve one’s speaking and writing skills on both a formal and informal level. In that regard, there will be a variety of reading, listening and speaking activities for students to build their language competencies. The course will also provide opportunities to review some tenses and to master more complex syntactical structures of the French language. In addition, the class will watch short films and current news as a way to foster cultural competency.

     

    Required Texts

    The textbook Face-a-Face is required for this course.

     

    Evaluation

     

    Attendance/Participation: 10%

    In-class work/Homework: 30%

    Oral Exam: 20%

    Writing Exam: 20%

    Final Exam: 20%

     

    Attendance/Participation

    In accordance with the goals set forth in this course, attendance and participation are key components to your language learning and will have an impact on your grade. Participating in class activities allows you to practice speaking, listening and writing skills, with the added benefit of preparing for scheduled exams.

     

    In-class work/Homework

    In-class work includes grammar and vocabulary exercises, and hands-on activities like blogging or texting in French.

    We will regularly watch video of current news on Francophone channels (TF1 & TV5), and everyone will have to contribute to the subsequent class discussion by sharing Your Perspective on a particular issue/information that was covered in the news.

    You are expected to turn in three Compositions over the course of the term as indicated in the syllabus. The topic of your composition has to be on the lesson’s theme or an issue that was raised in the current news.

    You will be graded on Compositions, Your Perspective discussions and the in-class work.

     

    Oral Exam

    In the oral exam, you choose a topic of conversation that you will like to have with the professor for about 12 minutes.

     

    Writing Exam

    In the form of essay, you will write a paper on a topic of your choice but approved by the professor. The essay could be expository, persuasive or comparative.

     

    Final Exam

    You will have the choice of writing an essay or taking an oral exam. 

     

    Letter Grade breakdown

    894.5-1000 points = A

    794.5-894 points = B

    694.5-794 points = C

    594.5-694 points = D

    000-594 points = F

     

    Class schedule 

    *** The Professor reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus as necessary ***

    • Jour 1

      août 30: Intro

      • Jour 2

        août 31: Leçon 1. Court métrage 

        • Jour 3

          3 septembre: Leçon 1. Conversation

          • Jour 4

            5 septembre: Leçon 1. Structures

            • Jour 5

              7 septembre: Leçon 1. Texte

              • Jour 6

                Lundi, 10 septembre: Current News

                • Jour 7

                  Mercredi, 12 septembre: Un blog

                  • Jour 8

                    Vendredi, 14 septembre: Documentary on African teachers of French in South Louisiana

                  • Jour 9

                    Lundi, 17 septembre: Leçon 2. Court métrage

                    • Jour 10

                      Mercredi,19 septembre: Leçon 2. Texte "Les petits caracteres", et le "Conditionnel" 

                      • Jour 11

                        Vendredi, 21 septembre: Leçon 2. Conversation

                      • Jour 12

                        Lundi, 24 septembre: Conversation et Textos (Texting)

                      • Jour 13

                        Mercredi, 26 septembre: Current News (JT)

                      • Jour 14

                        Vendredi, 28 septembre: ORAL EXAM

                        • Jour 15

                          1 octobre: Leçon 3. Court métrage 

                          • Jour 16

                            3 octobre: Leçon 3. Structures

                            • Jour 17

                              5 octobre: Leçon 3. Texte

                              • Jour 18

                                8 octobre: Conversation

                                • Jour 19

                                  10 octobre: Leçon 3. Writing an Evaluation

                                  • Jour 20

                                    12 octobre: Current News (JT)

                                  • Jour 21

                                    15 octobre:

                                    • Jour 22

                                      17 octobre: Leçon 4. Court métrage

                                      • Jour 23

                                        19 octobre: Leçon 4. Structures

                                        • Jour 24

                                          22 octobre: Leçon 4. Texte

                                          • Jour 25

                                            24 octobre: Leçon 4. Analytical Writing

                                            • Jour 26

                                              26 octobre: Current News (JT)

                                              • Jour 27

                                                29 octobre: Leçon 5. Court métrage

                                              • Jour 28

                                                31 octobre: Leçon 5. Structures (grammaire)

                                                • Jour 29

                                                  2 novembre: Leçon 5. Texte

                                                  • Jour 30

                                                    5 novembre: Leçon 5. Conversation

                                                    • Jour 31

                                                      7 novembre: Leçon 5. Writing a brochure

                                                      • Jour 32

                                                        9 novembre: Current News (JT)

                                                      • Jour 33

                                                        12 novembre: 

                                                      • Jour 34

                                                        14 novembre: Leçon 6. Court métrage

                                                      • Jour 35

                                                        16 novembre: Leçon 6. Structures

                                                        • Jour 36

                                                          19 novembre: Leçon 6. Texte

                                                          • Jour 37

                                                            26 novembre: Conversation

                                                            • Jour 38

                                                              28 novembre: Comparative Essay

                                                              • Jour 39

                                                                30 novembre: Current News (JT)

                                                              • Jour 40

                                                                3 décembre: Révision

                                                                • Jour 41

                                                                  5 décembre: Examen final