Intermediate French Conversation and Writing
HUM1500: Intermediate French Conversation and Writing
Professor Boukary Sawadogo
Office: Gander 2
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.
The textbook Face-a-Face is required for this course.
In-class work/Homework: 30%
Oral Exam: 20%
Writing Exam: 20%
Final Exam: 20%
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 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.
In the oral exam, you choose a topic of conversation that you will like to have with the professor for about 12 minutes.
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.
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
*** The Professor reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus as necessary ***