(Summer session)
Oral Communication, Humanities, Global/Cross-Cultural Perspective

Support: Covid-19 ; Black Lives Matter


Student Learning Objectives:
This is the second of a two-course sequence designed for more advanced students of French. 2006 expands the range and complexity of oral communication skills via a variety of discussion formats as well as formal oral presentations and debates. The course aims to refine the student’s ability to analyze and comprehend more elaborate texts and multi-media materials concerning contemporary France. Students also develop their ability to write longer expository prose on a broad range of political, social and cross-cultural topics. French 2006 also continues an intensive grammar review begun in French 2005.
ACTFL proficiency level: Advanced Low / Advanced Mid
Prerequisite: FREN 2005 or equivalent or appropriate Placement Test score.
NOTE: If you have not taken French 2005, please take the online Placement Test now if you have not already done so.

French 2006 fulfills the GPAC requirements for Humanities (Analysis), Global or Cross-cultural (Perspective), and Oral Communication (Communication)


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.)
Pourriez-vous pouvez répéter s'il vous plaît? (Could you please repeat (that)?)

And be sure to read our "page e-mail" when writing any message to your professor.

=> Sample syllabus !

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Required Books:

La France Contemporaine
Cengage Learning: Edmiston et Duménil
Edition : 5th (not 4th!)

1) GW Bookstore
2) one semester print & digital rentals: see GW Bookstore.*
*If a rental or eBook is not available at the GW Bookstore, see


Pearson: Rochat
Edition : 2nd (not 1st!)

Available (print version only):

1) GW Bookstore
2) Online here (at a reduced price of $64).
[If the page says "This product is not available in your country", please contact Prof. Marshall.]


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Recommended Books:
(Not required)

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.
Larousse online
Le dictionnaire Larousse en ligne

Comment écrire des accents sur votre ordinateur!
(How to type accents on your computer!)
Verb Conjugation
Bescherelle 1: La Conjugaison Pour Tous
Good, on-line verb conjugator.

If you plan to minor or major in French (!)...:

A French-French Dictionary

Le Trésor de la Langue Française informatisé


Larousse online
Le dictionnaire Larousse en ligne

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Academic Honesty :

Students are expected to be familiar with the GW Code of Academic Integrity, available at

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.

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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.

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(Feel free to ask your instructor for details.)

A and A-: A represents work that is exceptional.
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.
B is for work of good quality.
B- for work whose quality is adequate.

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.

Grade Scale:



94-100 A
90-93.9 A-
87-89.9 B+
84-86.9 B
80-83.9 B-
77-79.9 C+
74-76.9 C
70-73.9 C-
67-69.9 D+
64-66.9 D
60-63.9 D-
<60 F
Grade Distribution:

Participation, inclass activities

MyFrenchLab 7.5%
Exposés 7.5%
Compositions 20%





Oral Exam I

Debates 10%

Please note: There will be NO extra-credit.

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%.

Each Blog entry = 20 points (5 blogs = 100, 4 = 80, etc.).

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Participation & Class Preparation:

Homework will include readings and questions from the textbook and supplementary materials, audio and video recordings and the on-line MyFrenchLab grammar activities. Students are expected to complete all assignments as indicated on the syllabus. Announced and unannounced (!) quizzes may be given at anytime. You should thus always feel free to ask your professor questions either in class or via email. No question is too simple!

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.
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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.

Academic Difficulties?
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:

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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 2006, do not hesitate to contact your instructor.