Description du cours
A G-PAC COURSE: Oral Communication, Critical Thinking in the Humanities, Global/Cross-Cultural Perspectives
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 !
La France Contemporaine
Cengage Learning: Edmiston et Duménil
Edition : 6th (not 5th!)
New free online materials - nothing to purchase!
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
Larousse English-French Dictionnary Android / iPhone
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.
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.
More information is available in the "Guide of Academic Integrity in Online Learning Environments", at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 202-994-6757.
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 three unexcused absences 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.
Absences with written justification from a doctor, Health Services, coach, program director, etc. are considered excused absences. Absences due to covid-related issues are also excused (written justification is not required).
Note the following requirements for ANY absence:
> you must email your professor to say that you will be absent;
> you must complete all assignments on the syllabus and submit them to your professor via email BEFORE you return to class. (For religious holidays, see below.)
Classes missed due to broken alarm clocks, friends visiting, exams in other courses, and any other reason not mentioned above are considered unexcused absences. Given that these kinds of situations can arise during the course, you are strongly advised to “save” your three allowed absences in case of such emergencies.
Six (6) unexcused absences will lower your participation grade to a maximum of C.
Nine (9) unexcused absences will lower your participation grade to an 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 semester 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 semester to reschedule missed classes or to make other provisions for their course-related activities.
Notification about the possible recording of classes
Course lectures may be audio/video recorded and made available to other students in this course. As part of your participation in this course, you may be recorded. If you do not wish to be recorded, please contact the Director of the French Language program. Prof. Marshall, during the first week of class (or as soon as you enroll in the course, whichever is latest).
PLEASE NOTE: If a recording is made, it will be available as a means of reviewing material. The creation of recordings does not in any way exempt students from the attendance policy. This is a synchronous course, and students are expected to attend online at the regular class time.
For more information, contact your professor.
Privacy and protection of copyright regarding class recordings
Students are prohibited from recording and/or distributing recordings of any class activity without permission from the instructor, except as necessary as part of approved accommodations for students with disabilities. Any approved recordings may only be used for the student’s own private use.
(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 audited or taken Pass/No Pass.
Each entry = 33 points (3 VT = 100, 2 = 66, etc.).
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 60 minutes to prepare new material for each class + 40 minutes to review material from previous classes for a total of 100 minutes of "outside" learning per class. Reviewing is essential for foreign language acquisition, so if you find you are spending over well over 60 minutes on new material and that you do not have time to review, contact your instructor for suggestions.
This makes for 5 hours of independent learning, in addition to 2.5 hours of direct in-class instruction, for a total of 7.5 hours per week.
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.
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 (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
Additional support for students outside the classroom
(NOTE: The services below may not offer assistance in French.)
Virtual academic support
A full range of academic support is offered virtually in Fall 2020. See updates here.
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.
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 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 email@example.com.
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 during the semester, never hesitate to email the Director of the French Language Program, M. Marshall, at firstname.lastname@example.org.