French 222-01 (MWF 10-10:50am, in H409) Spring 2012. Prof. TennesseeBob Peckham (427E Humanities -Tel. 7424. e-mail: Prerequisite: passing French 122, an appropriate UTM language placement score, instructor discretion, based on SAT2 or AP scores, etc. During the first week of classes, students must choose two 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. 6th edition. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2009, with Cahier d'exercices. (combined paper workbook/laboratory manual).

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

You may also want to practice with the same grammar syllabus in the 4th & 5th editions, with different exercises in many cases.

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

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].

Questionnaire vidéo - Deux Mondes 5th ed. videos (French 222)

Multiple Past Tenses in French Narrative

French Learning Objects [UTM web tutorial for Deux Mondes]

French 222 Mediaboard

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 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: Review the grammar and essential conversational topics of standard high-school French (as set forth in state curriculum guidelines and UTM's own standards) to prepare you to enter French 341 (with an oral proficiency of at least an Intermediate Low/Mid on the ACTFL OPI scale). The pace for a review of chapter 9 and 5 regular chapters (10-14) is suggested by the lesson list below (which is subject to change). You will also be required to do some outside reading assignments and activities from web sites

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 630 words and expressions, be able to have basic discussions or gather limited information about topics such as traveling abroad, buying clothing and other items, computers, software, the internet, movies, health, exercise, illnesses and treatments, accidents and emergencies, love, friendship, family life, values and decisions, cultural and racial pluralism, heritage, what's at stake in the twenty-first century. We will learn how to refine 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 program, expect changes in the lesson list. One overarching adjective of French 222 is to increase your text type (use of complex and compound discourse structures) and to become proficient in past narrative. There will be a number of special assignments devoted to this objective.

Daily routine: Consult the "Lesson List" to find out where we are and your assignment from the previous class to see what is expected of you. We will begin with Q&A about any difficulties you have encountered which cannot be resolved through our "French Learning Objects" tutorial system. Apart from this, most of the class will be in French.

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.

ATTENDANCE (New 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." .

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 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. .

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.

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 (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.

TV 5: You are encouraged (for 1 pt. extra credit) to watch one half hour of TV5 programming  extra credit forpassing in a summary (100 words, in French) of program content.  Campus cable, ch. 73.

French Club. You can earn extra credit if you attend and report on sessions (see me).

Lab work

All French 111, 115, 122 and 222 students MUST spend 1 periods per week practicing French in the Muriel Tomlinson Language Resource Center (H415), and one at the computer of their choice, location of their choice. 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 11 fifty-minute lab sessions in our facilities (H415), and we will reduce your grade by .5% for each period under the total of 22 spent using digital technology. 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. We have no problem with where the work is completed, as long as you spend 11 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

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 40 scheduled hours, posted at
will be adequate for your scheduling convenience if you plan carefully. This will allow you to coordinate foreign-language work with your job, activities or family schedule. 21-seat limit per session.

Rationale: Your 2 weekly hours working with digital technology (in lab or at home),  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. Come to H415 to sign up only on th day and time you picked.

2) LAB REGISTRATION SPRING 2012: Starting Tuesday, Jan. 17 (and going through Friday, Jan. 20 (for both Monday & Friday)  Sign up for time 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 (with attendance) on Monday, Jan. 23 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 (be prompt) for a semester minimum of 11 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 period. Do not work on things unrelated to your language learning while in lab.

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 and documentable circumstances force you to miss a scheduled lab, you may choose to use one of the "Extra Lab or Make-up Attendance Certificates" issued by your teacher on the first day of class. Begin by presenting 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 sign the first line of the form. At the end of the lab session you use to make-up work missed, have the lab monitor sign to verify you were there and did appropriate lab work during that session. Then hand the signed form back to your teacher. The fact that there are nearly 14 weeks after the sign-up period until the end of the semester should give you plenty of time to work in your required sessions (lab & home).

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).

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.

Lesson List

Make accents with your computer.
TennesseeBob Peckham
Director, the Globe-Gate Project
University of Tennessee-Martin