HUM1517 Cinemas for French conversation
MWF: 11:30am -12:20pm in D33E
Professor: Dr. Boukary Sawadogo
Course description and objectives:
This Intermediate-High level course is designed to primarily develop conversation skills. Film is used a way to initiate and develop classroom discussion in French. In the process, students will not only develop the four language skills, but will also be exposed to the different Francophone cultural contexts. Films selected include features and TV shows from Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Louisiana and the Caribbean.
Classroom activities include screening, discussion and writing about movies. There will also be review of linguistic concepts and/or grammar points as needed.
Required Textbook: Cinema for French Conversation (3rd edition) by Anne-Christine Rice
Of the three weekly class meetings, two are devoted to in-class movie screening and discussion of its thematic and artistic content. And the other one class is devoted to a brief presentation by the teacher of the general (historical & cultural) context of the movie and its overarching theme. This presentation is followed by a discussion will also draw from the assigned readings. Discussion topics pertaining to movies include immigration, education, family and society.
Attendance & Participation: as a conversation class, a heavy emphasis is placed on attendance, participation and timely completion of assignments. Participation grades reflect attendance and participation in individual, group, and whole-class activities in class meetings. Late arrival, lack of preparedness, and insufficient participation during class activities will result in lower participation scores. If you miss a class, it is your
Each student is allowed only two unexcused absences. Additional absences will also result in a reduction of 15 points from the FINAL GRADE TOTAL. That is, if you have a 850 final grade, but with four extra absences (-60), your grade will drop to 790.
Writing assignments: you will have to turn in weekly assignments on Mondays; and these are one-page writings whose content will be related to movie an/or topic discussed over the week. The assignments may include grammar concepts reviewed in class.
Oral presentation: each student will make a 12-minute oral presentation on a topic of his/her choice. The presentation could be in the form of Powerpoint, poster or simply reading from notes.
Tests: There are two tests (written and oral) over the semester on materials covered in class.
** The professor reserves the right to make changes to syllabus and/or class policies **