French 115 & 111 combined (MTWRF 8:30 - 10:45am, in H417) Summer 2008. Two years of high-school French required for French 115, none for French 111. Prof. TennesseeBob Peckham (427E Humanities -Tel. 7424. e-mail:

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Course Media:

Terrell, Tracy, et al. Deux Mondes: A Communicative Approach.5th edition. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2005, with Cahier d'exercices. (combined paper workbook/laboratory manual), and Audio CD.

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

You may also want to practice with the same grammar syllabus in the 4th edition, with different exercises in many cases.

Deux Mondes [4th ed. 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 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 f115video.html.

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 the overall goal of French 111 and 115 is the same and since we are working with the same materials, .

Grade Scale and Determination: 60-69=D, 70-79=C, 80-89=B, 90-100=A . 4 unit tests (400/1000 points), completion on time of all requirements for 5 "reality checks" (150/1000),homework grade (100/1000 points), oral & class participation grade (150/1000 points), comprehensive final (200/1000 points). 1000 points = 100, etc. Tests for French 115 and 111 will be different (less demanding at first for French 111). These groups will have a common final to demonstrate that both are prepared for French 122.

Attendance: MANDATORY-absences without official excuses in excess of 1 will cost you 3 points out of 100 of your grade per day missed.

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.

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. Some of the assignments for French 115 will be different from those of French 111.

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 must do lab work. I will bring you into the lab on a regular basis. In the lab, you can work freely, without the distractions of TV, cellphones, etc. Lab work is tested in every test. Lab: The Muriel Tomlinson Language Resource Center:

Location: Humanities 415

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 on the test day for 30/1000 points.

2 phrases [en français]: On "2 phrases" days to be assigned, students will each recite by heart to me two related sentences from the chapter they are studying at the time, and which they have learned. by heart

OTHER There will be some web assignments and some compositions (more for French 115 students, TBA).

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.

French 111/115 Distinction: French 115 will begin with extra assignments, which I will not expect of French 111, but all will finish with the same assignments and in the same place, since all are [reparing for the same class in our sequence: French 122.
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 Grammaire...". This lesson list is TENTATIVE and subject to change.

First Semester French Lesson List

Make accents with your computer.

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