French 342-001, Spring 2012, MWF, 1-1:50pm (H409). An acceptable performance in French 222, or its equivalent, or instructor's permission. Prof. TennesseeBob Peckham (427E Humanities -Tel. 7424. e-mail:

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Dr. Peckham's office hours

Media: Peckham, TennesseeBob. Write-Minded: French Composition Oriented by Task (online)

Coffman Crocker, Mary E. Schaum's Outline of French Grammar [ISBN 0-07-013887-7], 5th edition. Schaum's Outline Series. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009 [=Schaum].

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You will also need a good English-French-English dictionary. The online dictionaries below are adequate, but you have to be online to use them:

    You can also extend your grammar practice infinitely with:

          Le Point du FLE - apprendre le français     

*NOTE: Any student eligible for and requesting academic accommodations due to a disability is requested to provide a letter of accommodation from the Student Success Center (210 Clement Hall) within the first two weeks of the semester. For additional information contact Sharon Robertson at 731.881.7719,, or Stephanie Mueller at 731.881.7605,

Goals & Objectives:Goals & Objectives:While all of our department's "language" courses are designed to facilitate an end-of-program balance of listening, speaking, reading and writing, this course will emphasize composition skills for a range of topics, situations. In general, we will be working toward extended discourse (in paragraphs), expanded text type (using more compound and complex sentences), logical sequencing of actions and descriptive elements (for a natural flow of narrative and description). Our class will target the range of from Intermediate High" to Advanced on the ACTFL developmental scale

Strategies:Activities may include various exercises in the online textbook: memos, letters, introductions, summaries, proverbs, operational instructions, extended descriptions, essays, proposals, assessments and recommendations, resumes and cover letters, reporting, translations,  narrations, projections, social media, email and keeping an electronic journal or blog. In order to facilitate this, we will study appropriate grammatical structures in an outline of grammar, we will learn hundreds of active vocabulary words in our textbook, which includes thematically related videos. The language of the classroom with be largely French, as miuch as the efficiency of learning how to write and use French grammar will allow.

Grade Scale and Determination: Out of every 100 points, 60-69=D, 70-79=C, 80-89=B, 90-100=A. We have a 1000 point system. four unit grammar and vocabulary tests (4 X 100), major written assignments, homework and class participation (450). final tests with a small essay (150).

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

as a base-line minimum for their behavior. Since our class focus is writing, and since at your level you are expected to be able to create with the language rather than just using learned phrases or imitating discourse, plagiarism will be a concern. Anything outside of living up to these standards is unacceptable to this instructor.

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

Home preparation and class participation: You will type all written assignments. If you have trouble with accents, please refer to my web page:

Typing all your work gives you a record of what you did, and since very little is written by hand, it gives you practice doing what you will do all your life, also a proof that you can really write in French.

Attendance: PLEASE DON'T MISS! Many of the tips on writing you will get are not in the textbooks. Our ability to do interactive and group work will also depend on your attendance. After three misses, you must have an official excuse, or I will dock points from your grade for each miss thereafter. Since most of the course will be in French, skipping class will cost you valuable immersion time.

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  on this international French station each week, and you will receive extra credit for passing in a summary (150 words, in French) of program content.

FRENCH CLUB: All interested students are encouraged to join the and to enrich their understanding of the French language and francophone culture by participating in its activities.
TennesseeBob Peckham
Director, the Globe-Gate Project
University of Tennessee-Martin