Marlboro College Spring 2014
HUM1500: Intermediate French Conversation and Writing
MWF: 11:30am – 12:20pm in D33E
Professor: Dr. Boukary Sawadogo
In this course, the emphasis will be to improve speaking, writing and reading competencies that are consistent with High Intermediate level. In that regard, there will be a variety of reading, listening and speaking activities for students to build 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 Textbook: Imaginez 2nd edition (2012) by Cherie Mitschke
- Attendance/Participation: 20%
- In-class work/Homework: 30%
- Mid-term exam: 20%
- Final Exam: 30%
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 also read excerpts of literary texts including short stories, and everyone is expected to come prepared to contribute to the class discussions on these texts. In addition, some class sessions will be devoted to conversations on a particular topic of interest or based on the current news.
You are expected to turn in three compositions over the course of the term as indicated in the syllabus. Your professor will assign the topic of your composition.
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 ***