Student Learning Objectives:
French 1004 is the second course in a two-course sequence designed for Intermediate students of French. Through class activities, web-based language practice and homework assignments, this course consolidates and expands upon the skills acquired in French 1003. Students learn to produce more complex levels of oral and written discourse where they can give opinions, make proposals, and build arguments. Additionally, students continue to increase their knowledge of French and Francophone cultures.
ACTFL proficiency level: Intermediate Mid / Intermediate High
Prerequisite: FREN 1003 or equivalent or appropriate Placement Test score.
NOTE: If you have not taken French 1003, 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!:
S'il vous plaît, comment dit-on "---"? (How do you say "---"?)
Excusez-moi, que veut dire "---"? (What does "---" mean?)
Je n'ai pas bien compris. (I didn't really understand.)
Est-ce que vous pouvez répéter s'il vous plaît? (Can you please repeat (that)?)
And be sure to read our "page e-mail" when writing any message to your professor.
=> Sample syllabus !
Profiter de la vie!
Dr. Sarah-Kay HURST
"Profiter de la vie!" is a new textbook created by GW's own Prof. HURST specifically for French 1004.
In addition to being custom designed for GW students, the book is completely free!
A pdf version may be dowloaded from the course syllabus in Blackboard.
UNSURE if you should take Fr1004?
If you have taken Fr1003 then you should take Fr1004.
If you placed into Fr1004 using the Placement Test, but you feel there is a chance it may not be at your level, be sure to speak with your instructor after the first or second class.
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.
Each Blog entry = 20 points (5 blogs = 100, 4 = 80, etc.).
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 iLRN (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 + 60 minutes to review material from previous classes for a total of 180 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 12 hours of independent learning, in addition to 6 hours of direct in-class instruction, for a total of 18 hours per week.
Black Lives Matter / Diversity
Our program strives to promote fairness and repect for all members of the GW community.
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 1004, do not hesitate to contact your instructor.