Spring 2013 -UTM

French 122-002 (MWF 12-12:50pm, in Humanities 407). Prereq. successful completion of French 111 or 115 or appriate placement in agreement with departmental policy. Prof. TennesseeBob Peckham (H427E -Tel. 7424. e-mail: bobp@utm.edu). During the first week of classes, students must register for lab, which they will attend throughout the semester.
local course web site -- http://www.utm.edu/staff/globeg/f122.shtml

Dr. Peckham's office hours http://www.utm.edu/staff/bobp/french/offhours.html

Course Media:

Terrell, Tracy, et al. Deux Mondes: A Communicative Approach. 7th edition. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2012, 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 122 video exercises

French Learning Objects [UTM web tutorial for Deux Mondes]

Class media board

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 - Intermediate Low 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 700 new words and expressions, be able to make basic sentences, gather limited information, tell stories or make projections daily events as past experience, youth and childhood, going shopping, preparing meals, France, Europe, the French-speaking world, ecology, education and job training, work and the professions . We will learn how to craft descriptions, narrations, accurate temporal references (ballancing tenses in the past and making projections for the future), increasingly complex and flexible sentences (using coordinating conjunctive expressions to link shorter utterances). 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 (300/1000 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

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.

Tips for better oral work: Since all students have class participation and "oral" grades, there should be great interest in tips on how to improve your oral performance.

Lab work

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 (Humanities 415).

Lab Introduction with Course Syllabi

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 50-minute of language lab work each week. They must schedule one of these periods in the Muriel Tomlinson Language Resource Center (Humanities 415).

Availability: Our lab's 40 scheduled hours, and sign-up procedures posted 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 21 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. Record your lab actities on a Frech lab form, send me a detailed record by email at the end of your work period/and send me at least one of the grammar quiz results per chapter. You must turn in the results of your work with the "audio" section in each workbook chapter.

Rationale: Your 2 weekly hours of Language Lab, 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 be 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 Grammaire...". This lesson list is TENTATIVE and subject to change.

Second Semester French Lesson List

Vocabulaire de classe (vocabulary basic to all French classes)

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