August 31, 2002 French 111/115

Hand out questionnairs or statements to sign

Personal introduction:

    Robert D.Peckham, Ph.D
    Professor of French
    30 year veteran public/private/gov. high school and university
    Vice President, American Association of Teachers of French
    Director, Muriel Tomlinson Language Resource Center
    Director, Globe-Gate Intercultural Web Project

Pass out draft of syllabus
    caution: not official, official on line (make corrections in lab section)
    Read it carefully. You are expected to know it.

Discuss media
    show media, including audio CD and workbook
    explain how this works with lab (3/2)
    hand out lab sheet
    take students to lab to explain sign-up

Discuss the structure of each chapter:  Introductory vocabulary images and activities are paired with grammar explanation and exercises, indicated by "Attention! Etudier Grammaire...".  You need to go to the chapter's blue grammar pages for this.  Active Vocabulary is in a categoried list between vocabulary exercises and the the chapter's grammar section.  Be sure to use your audio CD wherever you see the headphones icon in the book.

Discuss book features:  Verb conjugations, vocabulary, grammar and cultural topics index.

Goals & Objectives of course + articulation: this course ->122->222
Grades, Hope scholarship, academic integrity
Extra credit and cultural events

IN CLASS PERFORMANCE:  I expect 90 min. to 2 hours of preparation for each of our MWF class sessions.  Your assignment is to read all pages indicated in the syllabus, and do all exercises on them (unless otherwise indicated).  You are expected to do assigned work on time, writing all exercises in a notebook with clear headings (correct date, page and exercise number) so that I can simply pass by your desk and tell you have tried to do these.  You should be able to attempt these without your notes in class.  We will often adapt exercises so that we have the kind of activity variety appropriate to various learning styles.  It is always better FOR YOUR GARDE to attempt an answer rather than remain silent, better to make mistakes rather than remain silent.  Successful learners are ALWAYS WILLING TO GUESS at an answer.  The class will usually begin with my asking if there were any questions about the homework or the grammar that goes with it.

Many of MY TESTS will be built partly from the "reality checks".  These review basic grammar points.  I have a variety of contextual ways to check your vacabulary, but for each test you will probably find at least one small "odd-man-out" exercise.  The idea is to read four words or expressions horizontally, find that three of them fit neatly in a category which you will discern, and one does not.  You cross that one out.  Each test from that of chapter one on will contain two video activities, based on our Deux Mondes video tape.  The first is in digital form on the Deux Mondes Mac-specific video CDR.  The activities will be very much like those on your "video practice" web site.

ORAL ACTIVITIES:  All of you will be expected to give oral responses called for in the activities we do on class.  I will also have you read aloud, especially from reading selection with the earphone icon next to them.  In addition, wherever you see scheduled something called "2 phrases", this means that you will have memorized two French sentences from the chapter related to eachother and to the chapter theme.  I will ask you to recite these the day they are scheduled.  If you are absent that day, you might have to recite them the second you step back into class.  Finally, we have five oral projects.  I have written a special advice essay for you on oral performance at

LAB:  As you can see, we ask you to sign up for two lab periods (50 min.) per week.  This is as much a part of your class as the regulr class sessions, except that you do not need to prepare for a lab, and you will be working on your own with the help of software and web sites instead of a teacher.  We make you responsible for your time there by taking roll, insisting that you show us what you have done, and by testing you on a variety of the activities available.  You must examine all of your academic, organisation, work and social calendars to find the best time for this work.  Read the "Procedure to sign up" under "Lab Work" in your syllabus.  You will never run out of work to do in the lab.  There, you can do a number of activities which will be repeated (some times verbatim) on the tests.  If you are not getting 100% of these sections right, then you might consider spending more time in the lab. LAB IS FOR LANGUAGE WORK ONLY.  If you are seen using it for entertainment, you will be given an "absent" for the session, and will have to make it up.

WRITTEN WORK: We ask that you write answers to your assigned textbook exercises in a notebook labeled properly so I can look over your shoulder and see you have attempted in good faith to do them.  Lab work can either be reported via our lab sheets or printed out and handed to me if you want me to look at a particular exercise.  For the rest, I will occasionally ask for a short report and there are also those cultural event reports.  I insist that these be typed and I give you my permission to send them by email (either as a Microsoft Word attachment or  in the body of the message).  I am particularly concerned that you learn to to handle accenteed letters on the computer, because you will be doing it all your lives.