(Summer session)
Oral Communication, Critical Thinking in the Humanities, Global/Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Support ; Health ; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

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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.
CEFR: B2 , ACTFL proficiency level: Advanced Low / Advanced Mid
Prerequisite: FREN 2005 or equivalent or appropriate Placement Test score.

You might be suprised at what else you will learn in a GW French course!

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 Critical Thinking in the Humanities, Global or Cross-cultural Perspectives (CCAS), and Oral 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 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 : 6th (not 5th!)

1) eBook version:, google, or chegg.
2) GW Bookstore (print or eBook)
3) Gelman Library Reserve

New free online materials - nothing to purchase! 


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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


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Academic Honesty :

Students are expected to be familiar with the GW Code of Academic Integrity and with the Academic Integrity policy of the French Language program (please read!).

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Attendance and make-up policies:

1 to 4 absences = no penalty (if requirements below are met)
5+ absences (for any reason) = F

Given the importance of listening and speaking skills, as well as the intensive nature of French language courses, attending every class is extremely important! Your classmates also depend on your presence for group activities. Multiple absences as well as repeated lateness will have a negative effect on your final grade, especially since you will miss important material that will be tested on exams.

Requirements for ANY absence:
1. You must contact your professor.
2. You must complete all assignments on the syllabus for each day missed and submit them to your professor via email BEFORE you return to class.
3. You must arrange with your professor to make up any missed tests, quizzes, compositions, etc. within 48 hours of your return to class.
NOTE: No more than two (2) make-ups are allowed.

(Written justification (doctor's note, etc.) is no longer required, but you must adhere to the above rules to avoid the penalties outlined in the table below.)

Number of absences

Maximum participation grade possible
(regardless of quality of participation when in class)


A (No penalty if assignments submitted)

5 or more


(NOTE: More than two absences without submitting assignments before returning to class will result in a Participation grade of F.)

In other words, you have up to FOUR (4) absences FOR ANY REASON without penalty if you submit assignments before returning to class.
More than four absences for whatever reason
(including health issues, interviews, family emergencies, school events, work, etc.)
will result in a Participation grade of F,
so it is best to save your four absences for emergencies!

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.
This course may not be taken Pass/No Pass.

Each entry = 33 points (3 VT = 100, 2 = 66, 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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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
GW provides general information regarding GW and the coronavirus situation.

The Colonial Health Center (202-994-5300) can provide information and support for Covid-19 and other medical and health issues.

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 (or at 202-994-8250) in Rome Hall, Suite 102, to establish eligibility and to coordinate reasonable accommodations.

Online & Technical Support
Online GW students have access to a variety of university services and resources (technical, GWorld card, etc.).

Safety and security
In the case of an emergency, if at all possible, the class should shelter in place.
In an emergency: call GWPD 202-994-6111 or 911
> For situation-specific actions: review the Emergency Response Handbook
> In an active violence situation: Get Out, Hide Out or Take Out ; Stay informed
GW Alert & Protective Actions

Additional support for students outside the classroom
(NOTE: The services below may not offer assistance in French.)

Virtual academic support
Tutoring and course review sessions are offered through Academic Commons.
Writing and research consultations are also available online.
In addition, there is virtual coaching, offered through the Office of Student Success.

Academic Commons offers several short videos addressing different virtual learning strategies for the unique circumstances of the fall 2020 semester. They also offer a variety of live virtual workshops to equip students with the tools they need to succeed in a virtual environment.

Writing Center
GW’s Writing Center cultivates confident writers in the University community by facilitating collaborative, critical, and inclusive conversations at all stages of the writing process. Working alongside peer mentors, writers develop strategies to write independently in academic and public settings. Appointments can be booked online.

Academic Commons
Academic Commons provides tutoring and other academic support resources to students in many courses. Students can schedule virtual one-on-one appointments or attend virtual drop-in sessions. Students may schedule an appointment, review the tutoring schedule, or access other academic support resources at Academic Commons. For assistance contact

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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.