littéraires de l'expression française
en son et mouvement
French 495 (Topics in French
Language & Literature); Fall of 2008, MWF 12-12:50 PM (in H407).
Successful completion of French 341 or 342 or departmental permission
prerequisite. Prof. TennesseeBob Peckham (427E Humanities -Tel.
881-7424. Home 587-6562. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Office hours:
MEDIA: Krueger, Cheryl Lea et
al. Mise en
scène - cinéma et lecture. Upper Saddle River, NJ:
Pearson - Prentice Hall, 2006.
Course interactive syllabus for French 495
scène - cinéma et lecture web site
WordReference.com English-French Dictionary
Le Grand Dictionnaire terminologique
Course goals: 1) to learn how
to organize our observations about individual literary works, using a
close-reading critical form called "explication de texte". 2) To
experience a small number of literary works, most of them modern works,
where understanding elements of video and film presentation are
necessary for an overall comprehension of the work, and passing our
observations through the criteria of literary explication, some of it
oral and some written.
Objectives and Strategies: Read
a description of "explication de
texte" and a model
of one applied to a
French poem. Begin to apply "explication de texte" by reading 7 short
French poems, building gradually toward the writing of complete
explications, writing one whole explication for practice and then one
as a finished product. Learn enough video and music terminology for
close viewings of 7 French music videos, write one whole explication
for practice and then one as a finished product. We will prepare for
our close viewing of 4 French films with a history of French
film, and the introductory chapter in our textbook (pp. 1-7). We will
pick up more
in the exercises accompanying each film and we will use these in one
complete explication of one film scene and then of one whole film
(other than one for the fist explication).
You will be responsible in tests quizzes for certain facts about all of
the works examined. Facts from lecture notes and discussions are
also fair game for tests and quizzes, so be in class. You will write
where you must answer with whole sentences and paragraphs. The class
will be conducted in French. In our four linguistic skills we
will target levels "intermediate high" and above on the ACTFL scale.
Grade Scale and Determination:
60-69=D, 70-79=C, 80-89=B, 90-100=A We have a 1000 point system. We
will have a test on the poems and explication procedures and
vocabulary, one on the music videos and video vocabulary, one on a
history of French film essay and film vocabulary, a final in review of
the films. There will be 4 short quizzes for the 4 films. 3 tests
= 300 points, final exam = 200 points, 4 quizzes = 100, 4
= 200, homework and class participation. I will have one extra
credit-assignment, concerning a film.
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
The University of Tennessee at Martin
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.
Home preparation and class
participation: You will type all written assignments. If you
have trouble with accents, please refer to my web page:
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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.
Beyond this, you must be in
class for me to judge the quality your participation and your
Attendance: PLEASE DON'T MISS! The department
requires that I dock 5 points for each unexcused absence after 3. That
leaves you very little room, even if your work is flawless, but if you
miss too much, I will also have to subtract from your class performance
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.
Extra Credit Policy: See our
cultural events policy web page:
TV 5: You are encouraged (with
a small amount of extra credit) to watch one half hour of TV5
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.
Director, the Globe-Gate Project
University of Tennessee-Martin