Spring 2013 - UTM

French 115-003(MWF 11-11:50am, in H407 Students have generally had two years of high-school French. Prof. TennesseeBob Peckham (427E Humanities -Tel. 881-7424. email: bobp@utm.edu). During the first week of classes, students must choose one additional lab period (of 50 minutes) which they will attend throughout the semester, and pledge to spend another 50 min. working with language learning technology outside of class (home, in a UTM lab, etc.).

local course web site -- http://www.utm.edu/staff/bobp/french/f115.html

Dr. Peckham's office hours

Course Media:

Terrell, Tracy, et al. Deux Mondes: A Communicative Approach.6th edition. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2009, with Cahier d'exercices. (combined paper workbook/laboratory manual).

Deux Mondes [4th ed. publisher's course site "Student Center"]

Deux Mondes [5th ed. publisher's course site "Student Center"]

Deux Mondes [6th ed. publisher's course site "Student Edition"]

Deux Mondes [7th ed. publisher's course site "Student Edition"]

Deux MondesMac-specific desktop versions of Interactive activity CD's [lab only].

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

Class media board

French learning objects (online tutorial)

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

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, sroberts@utm.edu, or Stephanie Mueller at 731.881.7605, smueller@utm.edu.

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 . 4 unit tests (400/1000 points), 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 a minimum enrollment and the appropriate GPA, detailed in Tennessee Lottery (HOPE) Scholarship Information, under " TLS Policies and Procedures Acknowledgement Form". This scholarship is a privilege 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; nobody will push you to make that decision.

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 (latest edition)

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

Extra Credit Policy: See our section on "French Club" and the 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.

Translations "translations" in the lesson list are basically what separates the French 115 and 111 students, who both en in the same place with much of the same knowledge, and ready to tackle the next sequential course, French 122. Some of the "translations" may actually be web assignments.
oral performance.

Lab work

All lower-division language courses (i.e. 111, 115, 122 and 222) are 4-credit courses. This being the case, on top of the three hours spent in class, students must spend two extra 50-minute periods per week in the lab practicing the language in which they are enrolled. One of these two periods MUST take place in the Muriel Tomlinson Language Resource Center, located this semester in 415 Humanities (sign up procedure to be explained by instructors). We require that you spend a minimum of 11 sessions in our facility, and we will reduce your grade by .5% for each period under 11 spent there. Since the language lab is staffed by both student assistants and teachers, you will find help if you need it. Regarding the second 50-minute period, you may choose to spend it in the MFL lab, in any other lab on campus or use your own computer. Your instructor will assign weekly activities pertaining to the chapter covered at the time. H/She will also make it clear when and how these assignments will be collected and graded.

Lab Introduction

Lab: The Muriel Tomlinson Language Resource Center:

Location: 415 Humanities

Requirement: All students in elementary and intermediate language courses (111, 115, 122, 222) are required to complete two 50-minute of language lab work each week. They must schedule one of these periods in the Muriel Tomlinson Language Resource Center (415 Humanities).

Availability: Our lab's 40 scheduled hours, and sign-up proceduresposted 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 21 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 work, 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.

LAB REGISTRATION SPRING 2013: Starting Monday, Jan. 14 and going through Friday, Jan. 18. Sign up for your 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, Jan. 23 (since Monday is MLK day). No one who is not properly signed up will be counted.

Class Attendance: MANDATORY- (Department-wide Policy): "Attendance in this course is required and roll is taken every day. Unexcused absences reduce your final attendance and participation grade by 5 points (out of 100) each per day. Students will be allowed three unexcused absences before being penalized. Students with more than eight unexcused absences will automatically FAIL the course." Documentation required for excuse.

Webwork For each chapter, students must do the "grammar quizzes", the workbook activities aided by "Audio Program". These can be found by using the "choose one" pull-down menu on the 6th edition web site. Beginning with chapter 1, the"Audio program" will contain a dictation text from the workbook, which WILL b e tested. At the same point, you will use 5th edition web site for reviiewing videos for video-comprehension sections on your tests

FRENCH CLUB: All interested students are encouraged to join and to enrich their understanding of the French language and francophone culture by participating in its activities. I will outline extra credit that you might earn by attending events, meetings, or a French table

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 (vocabulary basic to all French classes):

TennesseeBob Peckham
Director, the Globe-Gate Project
University of Tennessee-Martin