French 111-01 (MWF 9-9:50, in H417). No previous French is required. Anyone with two years of high-school French must take another course [French 115 or higher]. Prof. TennesseeBob Peckham (427E Humanities -Tel. 7424. e-mail: During the first week of classes, students must choose two additional lab periods (of one hour each) which they will attend throughout the semester.

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Dr. Peckham's office hours

Course Media:

Terrell, Tracy, et al. Deux Mondes: A Communicative Approach.4th edition. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2002, with Cahier d'exercices. (combined paper workbook/laboratory manual), and Audio CD.

Deux Mondes [publisher's course site with student activities in "Student Center"]

Deux Mondes "Interactive CD-ROM" [on desktop in language lab computers].

Deux Mondes Mac-specific video CDRs, containing the 1st video for lessons 1-4 [in a plastic file box at the front of the lab]. To be used in the lab only. You must leave your student card or drivers license in the box for security.

French 111 & 115 video exercises [use with videos on Interactive CD-ROM and Mac-specific video CDR

Answer-Keys for Deux Mondes Workbook

French dictionary French verb conjugator How to improve your oral performance
Make Accents with Your Computer Traditional Grammatical Terminology (English) Extensive French grammar resource

Goals:Introduction the grammar and essential conversational topics of standard French to prepare you to enter French 122 (with an oral proficiency of at least a "Novice High" on the ACTFL OPI scale). The pace for two introductory lessons and 4 regular chapters is suggested by the lesson list below (which is subject to change).

Objectives: The course is designed so that the average student can be well enough prepared for each hour of class to earn the grade of "C", with between 90 to 120 minutes of homework. Successful students will have acquired an active mastery of over 1000 words and expressions, be able to make basic sentences or gather limited information about topics such as social introductions, descriptions of people, family members and family life, daily activities, habits and plans, the city, shopping and other pass-times, lodging, household chores and neighborhood. We will learn how to craft descriptions, narrations, accurate temporal references, increasingly complex and flexible sentences. Work with the book's CDs, video and web site will promote a number of independent learning skills. Since this is the first semester our department will have used this textbook programm, expect changes in the lesson list.

Grade Scale and Determination: 60-69=D, 70-79=C, 80-89=B, 90-100=A . Best 3 out of 4 unit tests (300/1000 points), completion on time of all requirements for 4 of 5 "reality checks" (100/1000), lab grade (200/1000 points), oral grade (100/1000 points), class participation & homework (100/1000 points) comprehensive final (200/1000 points). 1000 points = 100, etc.

HOPE SCHOLARS (lottery): Please understand that work and performance expectations for you are that you maintain at lease 12 enrolled hours per semester, that your average be at least 2.75 after 24 credit hours and 3.0 after 48 credit hours (everything according to lottery scholarship rules). Keep up with scholarship rules at This scholarship is a priviledge granted to you, based on your past performance, but it is also based on the state's expectation that you will continue performing well. You are expected to work and perform along side of other students who do not have a scholarship at risk. In this course, you will have lots of help, but it is entirely up to you to take advantage of it. .

General & Ethical Expectations We expect students to demonstrate a solid work ethic, and to conduct themeselves as ladies and gentlemen, with special attention given to the "Standards of Conduct" and "Academic Integrity" sections of

The University of Tennessee at Martin Student Handbook

as a base-line minumum for their behavior. Anything else is unacceptable to this instructor.

Extra Credit Policy: See our cultural events policy web page:

Home preparation and class participation: You will record and label properly answers to all assigned exercises in a notebook (except lab and workbook assignments), and make them ready for recitation, inspection, collection or board work as needed. If you don't answer questions in class, you are unprepared. Answering wrong is much better than not answering. If I could grade each answer, answering wrong would get a D, a basic factual one-word answer would get a low C, a correct answer in a phrase a B, one in the the context of a full sentence or two and A- to an A, depending on pronunciation, rhythm, etc. All written work done outside class to be handed in (except the assignment notebook) must be TYPED. I like getting this in email or as a Microsoft Word attachment in email.

Tips for better oral work: Since all students have class participation and "orals" grades, there should be great interest in tips on how to improve your oral performance.

Lab work

All French 111, 115, 122 and 222 students MUST spend 2 periods per week practicing French in the Muriel Tomlinson Language Resource Center (H415). In general, students will focus their lab work on the "Interactive CD-ROM, completing the materials pertaining to each chapter under study (reporting or printing out your results). There will be similar assignments from the web site. You can complete pertinent chapters from the Cahier d'exercices at home. You may be tested on any portion of exercises from these three during your exams, so your time spent on them will profit you. We require that you spend a minimum of 22 fity-minute lab sessions in our facilities (H415), and we will reduce your grade by .5% for each period under 22 spent there. Since this lab will be staffed by both student assistants and teachers, we expect that you will be able to find assistance when you need it. You may find it more comfortable for you to do one part or the other of your lab assignment on your own computer. We have no problem with where the work is completed, as long as you spend 22 periods in our lab, working with the technology appropriate for your class. Your particular lab hours will be determined, with a special consideration for your personal schedule, after classes have begun.

Lab Introduction with Course Syllabi

Lab: The Muriel Tomlinson Language Resource Center:

Location: Humanities 415

Requirement: All students in elementary and intermediate language courses (111, 115, 122, 222) are required to complete two hours of work in the language lab each week. They must schedule this work in two one-hour blocks on two different days of the week.

Availability: Our lab's 52 scheduled hours, posted at
will be more than adequate for your scheduling convenience, allowing you to coordinate foreign-language work with your job, activities or family schedule. We can only guarantee 20 maintained work stations, though we will be able to accommodate as many as 22 students when there are a sufficient number of functioning machines. Keep up with what is happening in the lab on its schedule and announcements page

Rationale: Your 2 weekly hours of Language Lab, like science and some other labs, are an integral and scheduled part of a 4-hour course. Attendance procedures will be similar to class seat time during the 3 hours of class time scheduled with your classroom teacher. In addition, many of the written assignments you hand to your teacher will be either completed or initiated in the lab. Accordingly, a portion of the credit you receive for homework and class work will be assessed from your lab performance. Lab attendance and the work you produce from lab technologies will account for 20% of your course work.

Procedure to sign up:

1) Carefully pick two hours when your schedule will permit you to attend lab regularly, every week at the same times. Once you select your lab periods, you must keep them for the entire semester.

2) From August 31-September 3 (sign-up day for Mondays and Fridays, because of the Labor Day holiday), show up on each of the exact hours of the exact days you have picked. Sign up for each time, printing ALL information asked for clearly on the sign-in form and entering same in the computer roster (know your teacher's name, your class and class hour). We will begin lab formally (with attendance) on Tuesday, September 7 No one who is not properly signed up will be counted.

3) Write down each date and time on your own personal schedule.

4) Continue to come at your scheduled time for a semester minimum of 22 sessions. If you finish an assignment very early in a lab hour, you must stay and practice with lab materials for your subject during the rest of the hour.

5) When you come, make sure the lab assistant marks you "present" before you leave. As in any class, you are expected to arrive on time.

6) If unavoidable circumstances force you to miss a scheduled lab, obtain an "Extra Lab or Make-up Attendance Certificate" in the lab session you use to make-up work missed. At the end of your session, have the lab monitor sign to verify you were there and did appropriate lab work during that session. Then present your case for make-up status (including doctor's or field trip supervisor's note, coach's game roster, etc.) to your teacher, who alone can alter the "absent" in the roll book.

7) Provided there are enough machines available for scheduled work, we welcome students who want to come for extra practice and independent language-related work. On these occasions, we ask that you fill out a slip which the lab attendant will sign to show your classroom teacher your initiative.

8) You will receive an informal evaluation of your lab work during the semester. Your lab grade impacts heavily on your overall course grade. Every student willing to stay on task is capable of earning 100% credit for this portion of the class grade. If you have any questions about your lab grade, see your instructor immediately. You must hand in evidence that you have completed your lab work to your teacher on a regular schedule (the units you are currently studying).

Attendance: MANDATORY-absences without official excuses in excess of 3 will cost you 5 points out of 1000 (.5 out of 100) of your grade per day missed. See "lab work" for lab attendance

Reality Check: For each chapter, there is an assignment of exercises designed to see if you can handle core grammatical and and core thematic vocabulary. Each day one of these is handed out is announced in the "lesson list". Take it home, fill it out on your honor to the best of your ability, hand it in the NEXT CLASS DAY. I will return it with mistakes underlined. You must give me your complete corrections the following (3rd) class day in order to receive 25/1000 points.

2 phrases [en français]: On "2 phrases" days marked in the lesson list, students will each recite by heart to me two related sentences from the book which they have learned.

HELP! Be honest with yourself and with me. If you have difficulty in this course, use your resource materials, and contact me ASAP. I want you to succeed.

TV 5: You are encouraged (with a small amount of extra credit) to watch one half hour of TV5 programming (click "Etats-Unis->Chicago->la grille de...") on this international French station each week, and you will receive extra credit forpassing in a summary (150 words, in French) of program content. You may also wish to listen directly to today's Dimanche économie de RFI.

CONVERSATION HOUR: You must attend three of the weekly conversation hours organized by the French Faculty. You will earn extra credit if theyattend four or more sessions.

FRENCH CLUB: All interested students are encouraged to join the CERCLE FRANCOPHONE and to enrich their understanding of the French language and francophone culture by participating in its activities.

Lesson list:

ALWAYS do the corresponding work in the blue "Grammaire et exercices" section of each chapter, as you are reminded of them with the word "Attention! Etudier Gra mmaire...". This lesson list is TENTATIVE and subject to change.

First Semester French Lesson List

Vocabulaire de classe (vocab. basic to all French classes):

Je vais faire l'appel. - I am going to call role.
Lisez à haute voix. - Read aloud.
Tous ensemble - All together
Ecoutez et répétez - Listen and repeat
Ecoutez - Listen.
Levez la main - Raise your hand.
Trouvez un partenaire - Find a partner.
Mettez-vous en groupes de trois (quatre) - Get into groups of 3 (4)
Faites ensemble l'exercice___-Do exercise ___ together,
Ouvrez vos livres à la page ___ (MC 9, 28, 59) - Open your books to page ___
Faites le numéro 1, 2, ... - Do number 1, 2, ...
Répondez à la question ___. -Answer question ___
Faisons le dialogue - Lets do the dialogue.
Jouez le rôle de ___ - Play the role of___
manuel de classe - textbook
Fermez vos livres - Close your books.
Faisons l'exercice ___ - Let's do exercice___
Posez la question ___ à votre partenaire. - Ask question ___ to your partner
Allez au tableau noir - Go to the blackboard.
Prenez une craie - Get a piece of chalk.
Ecrivez en chiffres - Write in arabic numerals.
Ecrivez en toutes lettres - write out in letters.
Prenez une feuille de papier et un stylo. - Take out a piece of paper and a pen.
Nous allons faire une dictée - We are going to do a dictation.
Nous allons regarder un vidéo - We are going to view a video.
Ecrivez ce que je dis - Write what I say.
Je ne sais pas. - I don't know.
Je ne comprends pas. - I don't understand.
Répétez, s'il vous plaît. - Please repeat.
Comment dit-on ___ en français? - How do you say ___ in French?
Comment dit-on ___ en anglais? - How do you say ___ in English?
Sortez vos devoirs. - Take out your homework.
Rendez vos devoirs. - Hand in your homework.

Qui...? - Who...?
Que...? - What...?
Quand...? - When...?
Où...? -Where...?
Pourquoi...? - Why...?
Comment...? - How...?
Combien...? - How many (much)...?
Combien de...? - How many (much)...?
Quel...? - Which...?

point. = .
virgule = ,
point virgule = ;
deux points = :
entre parenthèses = (...)
entre guillemets = "..."
tiret = -
point d'exclamation = !
point d'interrogation = ?
TennesseeBob Peckham
Director, the Globe-Gate Project
University of Tennessee-Martin