Student Learning Objectives:
French 1001 is the first course in a two-course sequence designed for beginners. This first course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of the language. The focus of this course is the handling of the immediate context of daily experience in spoken and written French: identifying, describing, characterizing people, objects, places and events, giving information and instructions, and issuing simple commands and requests. Additionally, students will be introduced to aspects of French and Francophone cultures. Students will learn the basic structures of French grammar through class activities, online practice and homework assignments.
ACTFL proficiency level: Novice Low / Novice Mid
NOTE: If you have had any French at all, even several years ago, please take the online Placement Test now if you have not already done so.
It is the policy of the Department that classes be conducted in French.
Here are some useful expressions for asking questions and participating in class!:
Comment dit-on "---" en anglais / en français? (How do you say "---" in English / in French?)
Que veut dire "---"? (What does "---" mean?)
Je ne comprends pas. (I don't understand.)
Répétez s'il vous plaît? (Please repeat (that).)
And be sure to read our "page e-mail" when writing any message to your professor.
(Yes, even in French 01 you can at least start and end your e-mails in French as explained on the 'page e-mail'!)
=> Sample syllabus !
Chez Nous: Branche sur le monde francophone (5th edition)
Prentice Hall: Valdman, Pons & Scullen
> Register here by clicking on "OK! Register Now".
> Insert the "Course ID" from the syllabus in Blackboard (first day of classes).
> If you are certain to take 1001, follow the instructions for purchasing the code with a credit card or Paypal.
**IMPORTANT: Choose the "multi-semester" code if you plan to take 1002 and 1003 within the next two years!
> If you are NOT certain to take 1001, choose the "get temporary access without payment for 14 days" option at the bottom of the "Select an Option" page.
The code will give you access to an eBook version of the Chez Nous textbook as well as extensive online activities.
*** NOTE that this multi-semester code is also valid for French 1002 and French 1003 if completed within 24 months!
***ALSO NOTE: If you plan to take 1001 and 1002 this summer, but you do NOT plan to take 1003 later, you should purchase the "one semester" code.
Please do not buy the code elsewhere.
ATTENTION: Online vendors such as amazon.com do NOT currently sell the correct codes for this course!
(This code is not available at the GW Bookstore. If your financial aid situation requires you to purchase course materials through the GW Bookstore, please contact the Director of the French Language program, M. Marshall .)
If you would like a print version of the textbook as well, see below (but you will still need to purchase the MyFrenchLab access code).
MOBILE USERS: Once you have registered for MyFrenchLab (following the instructions on the Blackboard course syllabus), you can access MyFrenchLab via your iPad or Android device! Details here.
(for those who would like a print version of the textbook in addition to the eBook included with the MyFrenchLab code above)
An eBook version is included in MyFrenchLab, so a print copy of the textbook is not required, but if you prefer a hard copy of the **5th** edition, they are available:
1) online at amazon.com, pearson.com, etc.
NOTE: If you choose to work with a print version of the textbook, you will still need to purchase the MyFrenchLab code above.
A French-English Dictionary
There are many inexpensive small French-English Dictionaries that may be of use but students who plan to continue their study of French should definitely consider a larger, more complete (but more expensive...) dictionary such as the Larousse Advanced French-English, English-French Dictionary or the HarperCollins Robert French Unabridged Dictionary.
Le dictionnaire Larousse en ligne
Comment écrire des accents sur votre ordinateur!
(How to type accents on your computer!)
Bescherelle 1: La Conjugaison Pour Tous
Good, on-line verb conjugator.
If you plan to minor or major in French (!)...:
A French-French Dictionary
Academic Honesty :
Students are expected to be familiar with the GW Code of Academic Integrity, available at http://studentconduct.gwu.edu/.
This means that all homework, classwork and exams must be the student's own work. The use of online translation services or of any other translation not that of the student are also considered plagiarism and are not accepted. Consulting notes or supplementary materials of any kind during an exam or other graded work is prohibited unless explicitly allowed by the professor.
In instances when information from other people is appropriate, including print or Internet sources, they must be cited appropriately be they direct quotations or paraphrased material.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact your professor.
Students who fail to properly cite sources will be subject to sanctions as outlined in the Code of Academic Integrity.
Attendance and make-up policies:
Given the importance of listening and speaking skills, as well as the intensive nature of this course, attending every class is extremely important. More than one unexcused absence of any kind as well as repeated lateness will have a negative effect on your final grade. Penalties will also apply to quizzes and exams missed without official justification.
Only absences with written justification from a doctor, Health Services, coach, program director, etc. are considered excused absences. (For religious holidays, see below.)
Classes missed due to illness without a written note from a doctor or Health Services, family emergencies, religious observances about which the instructor was not notified in advance, flight delays, broken alarm clocks, exams in other courses, and any other reason are considered unexcused absences. Given that these kinds of situations can arise during the course, you are strongly advised to “save” your one allowed absence in case of such emergencies.
Two (2) unexcused absences will lower your participation grade to a maximum of C.
Four (4) unexcused absences will lower your participation grade to an F.
Make-up work: Students who miss class for whatever reason are expected to submit all homework within 24 hours upon their return to class. Otherwise, the work will receive a grade of F. In-class work (tests, oral exams, etc.) missed due to unexcused absences must be completed within two days upon return to class and are subject to a penalty of up to 10 points (/100) or more.
University Policy on Religious Holidays
1. Students should notify faculty during the first week of the course of their intention to be absent from class on their day(s) of religious observance.
2. Faculty should extend to these students the courtesy of absence without penalty on such occasions, including permission to make up examinations.
3. Faculty who intend to observe a religious holiday should arrange at the beginning of the course to reschedule missed classes or to make other provisions for their course-related activities.
Safety and security
In the case of an emergency, if at all possible, the class should shelter in place. If the building that the class is in is affected, follow the evacuation procedures for the building. After evacuation, seek shelter at a predetermined rendezvous location.
(Feel free to ask your instructor for details.)
|A and A-:||A represents work that is
A- represents work of excellent quality that indicates a full mastery of the subject for the course level.
|B+, B, and B-:||
B+ represents work of very good quality.
|C+, C, and C-||
C+, C, and C- grades designate poor to very poor command of the course material
|D+, D, and D- :||
D+, D, and D- grades indicate work that shows a significant deficiency in knowledge of the material.
F is a failing grade representing work that deserves very little or no credit.
Please note: There will be NO extra-credit.
This course may not be taken Pass/No Pass.
Online SAM - MyFrenchLab:
You will receive the grade indicated when you complete an exercise. If you redo an exercise, the system will keep the best grade. Feel free to redo an exercise until you receive 100%.
Participation & Class Preparation:
Outside of class, students are expected to complete all homework assignments on time, review material covered in class, read the textbook and complete all assigned MyFrenchLab (SAM) activities.
Daily, active participation is required of all students. You can best learn French by coming to class on a regular basis and being involved in classroom activities. Note that you are not expected to speak perfect French! For many activities, your participation grade will be based on your willingness to ask questions and your effort to make yourself understood even if you make mistakes.
NOTE: The use of electronic devices such as cell phones is prohibited at all times and will result in an automatic F for participation. Likewise, a grade of F will be given to any student using a laptop or tablet for any reason other than taking notes or accessing homework or the course eBook.
(Examples of uses that will result in an automatic F: email, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, web browsing, etc.)
Average minimum amount of independent, out-of-class, learning expected per class:
On average, you are expected to spend approximately 120 minutes to prepare new material for each class + 40 minutes to review material from previous classes for a total of 160 minutes of "outside" learning per class. Reviewing is essential for foreign language acquisition, so if you find you are spending over well over two hours on new material and that you do not have time to review, contact your instructor for suggestions.
This makes for 10.7 hours of independent learning, in addition to 8 hours of direct in-class instruction, for a total of 18.7 hours per week during the six-week summer session.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Our program strives to promote fairness and respect for all members of the GW community. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as laid out in this statement by the department of RGSLL.
For any questions or suggestions regarding this aspect of the French language program, please feel free to contact the Director of the French Language Program M. Marshall at any time.
The GW Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement also provides support and extensive information.
Health and Wellness
General information regarding GW and the coronavirus situation can be found here.
The Colonial Health Center (202-994-5300) can provide information and support for Covid-19 and other medical and health issues.
General health information can be found here.
The University's Counseling and Psychological Services offers 24/7 assistance and referral to address students' personal, social, career, and study skills problems. Services for students include: Covid-19 related support, crisis and emergency mental health consultations, confidential assessment, counseling services (individual and small group), and referrals.
In addition, GW’s University Police Department (UPD) has a Coordinator of Victim Services.
This person is available during D.C. business hours at 202-994-0443.
After hours, please contact the UPD at 202-994-6111.
If you are particularly timid and fear that you will have difficulty participating or if you are having problems with the homework, activities or other course matters, do not hesitate to contact your professor. He or she will be glad to give you suggestions on how to best take advantage of course materials and class time.
You may also contact the the Director of the French Language Program M. Marshall.
Disability Support Services (DSS)
Any student who may need an accommodation based on the potential impact of a disability should contact the Disability Support Services office at 202-994-8250 in the Rome Hall, Suite 102, to establish eligibility and to coordinate reasonable accommodations. For additional information please refer to:
GW is committed to digital accessibility. If you experience a barrier that affects your ability to access content on this page or on any page for this course, please contact the Director of the French Language program, and feel free to fill out the Accessibility Feedback Form).
If you have any questions or concerns about French 1001, do not hesitate to contact your instructor.