Advanced Beginning French

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LES DÉBUTANTS AVANCÉS: please find the Emploi du Temps, then the syllabus, then the Litterature syllabus.

 ~ EMPLOI DU TEMPS ~ Shadow- Hiver 2007

Note:  May be subject to change

  • Major Grammatical points and selective sections of the text are indicated for intensive study
  • All written & listening sections are required, except where indicated "text only"






Jan 8 - 10

Orientation, Review

Leçons 20, 21

Les pronoms objets directs & objets indirects

Discussion du Film

Leçon 22


Pronoms relatifs

* Oral News reports

Leçon 21, 22


Jan. 15 - 17

Martin Luther King Jr.


QUIZ  (Leçons 20, 21, 22)

* Oral News reports


Jan. 22 - 24

Leçon  25

Pronoms Y & En

* Oral News reports

Leçon 25

 Les pronoms

*Perform dialogues

Leçon 25


Jan. 29 - 31

Leçon 26

Le Corps

Les verbes pronominaux

* Oral News reports

Leçon 26, 27 (Intro)

Les verbes pronominaux

*Cahier Due (Leçons  21-26)

Leçon 26


Feb. 5 - 7

5th week


Leçon 27 

Les Verbes Pronominaux

L'art :  Les Glaneuses,

* Discussion: p. 424-433

* Oral News reports

*Perform dialogues:

La Santé & La Pharmacie p. 422

Leçon 28 (intro)

*Deadline: Final Project Choice

Leçon 27


Feb. 12 -14

QUIZ (Leçons 25, 26, 27) Leçon 28  L'amitié, l'amour

Les adjectifs irreguliers

* Oral News reports

Leçon 28, 29  (Intro) 

*Perform dialogues

Leçon 28


Feb. 20 - 22

President's Day


Leçon 29

Le Futur

* Oral News reports

Leçon 29


Feb. 26 - 28

Leçon 30

Le Conditionnel

Final Exam (Leçons  29, 30)

Intro - Le Subjonctif p. 488

Leçon 31+ handout

* Oral News reports

*Cahier Due (Leçons  29, 30)

Leçon 30


Mar. 5 - 7

Leçon 31 Continued

Le Subjonctif

Leçon 32 - Le Subjonctif


Mar. 12 - 14


Practice Projects

Practice Projects -

 Final Projects Présentations

Thursday, March 15



Shadow of the Enlightenment

Advanced Beginning French

The Evergreen State College - Winter 2007


Professor:     Judith Gabriele                                          *

Office:             Sem2 B3127                                                   Office Hours:  by appointment                       

Mailbox:           Sem2 B2124                                                   (5487  

*Best way to reach me is by e-mail

Advanced Beginners - Language Study:

Monday                                                            3:00- 5:00                                Room:             SEM2 C3109

Wednesday                                                     11:30-1:30                               Room              SEM2 C3109


A.  Matériel Nécessaire - Texts:


1)  Contacts - Text, Cahier d'Activités (workbook) & CDs,  7th ed. by Valette & Valette

2)      Homework Class folder decorated J:  This is a folder of some type in which you will keep your "Cahier/Laboratory workbook pages plus any written exercises, or quizzes.  This will be due twice during the quarter - at the 4th & 8th weeks (see schedule).

3)   French/English Dictionary - a good edition- needs to be not too small

B.  Les Devoirs - homework requirements:

1.  Completion of cahier d'Activitiés (Workbook/Lab Manual) - 2 sections to complete & self correct at home and turn in.

  • Written Section (workbook), starts, p. 3 
  • Listening Section. (Lab Manual), starts p. 267  **You need the CDs for this section.
  • All work must be self correctedAnswers are in the back of the "Cahier D'activités"
  • Workbook pages are to be torn out of workbook and put in a small folder of some type. Due on Thursday - 4th &  8th weeks. Complete this with diligence.

You will have specific assignments given regularly in each class. We will aim to cover the selected material on the schedule ( approx. 9 Leçons)

2.  Class Participation & preparation of assigned exercises or written work.

3.   Weekly written News Journal & oral News Reports from the Community Language Lab

  • Log 1 hour a week in the language lab. 
  • Keep a written journal - 5 sentences per session of your weekly learning in the lab. Include in this journal:  1.  What sites you looked at and preferred.  2.  A short summary of what you learned.  3.  Write 3 new vocabulary words that you learned in your work.
  • You will give an oral report once during the quarter related to a current news or travel story that you found particularly useful or interesting.
  • Suggested Sites: 

Daily news TV journal:

Radio France:

France Inside & Out:  Cultural info. & BBC learning site:

Language Lab Info:  (Sem II A 3116) The lab is available for your study groups. You can use the cds for your text Contacts.  The Rosetta Stone software through Level 2 will improve your listening comprehension and vocabulary for everyday events.  The Pimsleur audio series (access in the library catalogue), designed to improve your pronunciation.  Exploring each of these resources is part of your work in the lab.  Staying motivated every day and listening to authentic conversations is essential for making progress in language acquisition when you are not in a French-speaking environment!

4.  Exams/Quizzes:  You will have a short quiz every other week on listening and grammatical structures.  You must achieve 70% on these and redo them over the weekend if you do not achieve this goal.  Corrections will be due Monday without fail.  You will lose 1 credit if this work is not acceptable and more if they do not demonstrate learning in speaking and listening.

5.  Oral Project Presentations: 2 components

A.     Oral skit dialogues - 10 lines each - 3 skits in quarter - see schedule

B.     Final Oral Project Presentation:  Week 10 Thursday, March 15- Oral performance of a scene from Rhinosceros


       1.  Guidelines as follows: 6th week:  Deadline for making your choice of scene and group. 

                   2.  Length:  - 12 lines min.  (for each person in a group).

  3. Language Objectives:  1. quality pronunciation, to be understood with the clearest articulation and refinement. 2. Convey the tone or feeling communicated through the character

C.  Class policies:

Absence:  No late work accepted.  NO MAKE - UP EXAMS.  All notebooks must be turned in on time to be accepted. If circumstances prevent you from attending class, you must make provisions to submit the assigned work either before or on the due date.  A box is provided outside my office door for this.  Failure to turn in work on time or take exams will result in credit loss.

  • Note: If you are absent from class, you need to contact a classmate to find out the assignment or missed work and turn it in by the following class.  Do not expect to speak with me about your missed assignments or make-up work.


Course Learning Objectives & Elements you will be evaluated on for full credit:

  • Demonstrating you have learned the structures and vocabulary presented; achieving a min. proficiency of 70% on exams.  Showing developing proficiency and progress.
  • Using targeted grammatical structures accurately in oral & written work
  • Developing a target-like pronunciation; developing fluency
  • Formulating and Communicating sentences, questions and showing listening comprehension
  • Completion of all written work

Credit & Evaluations

  • Full credit is awarded only to students who complete all required work.  Narrative Evaluations will be written on student achievement, performance, participation and the quality of all work.
  •  You will not have a final evaluation conference.  At the 5th week, I will assess your progress and problems.  You may make an appt. at any time to speak  about any problems or concerns.
  •  You need to submit a self evaluation to me (even if only a rough draft). You also need to submit a signed faculty evaluation of me on the official Evergreen Evaluation form by the end of evaluation week.

Winter 2007  Advanced Beginning Literature:  Thursdays 1pm - 2:30pm, Sem II E2017

This quarter we will read two pieces of French literature, Eugène Ionesco's Rhinocéros, a classic example of the "theater of the absurd" which reflects on the seduction of totalitarianism in contemporary life, and selections from Azouz Begag's autobiographical Le gone du Chaâba, on his childhood as the son of North African immigrants in the slums of Lyon. 

The literature component will be worth 2 credits; however, your study of these books will be linked quite closely to your work in French grammar with Judith:  often she will assign you short essays, or even grammar exercises, based on your reading in literature for the week.  In addition, as your final presentation for Judith's class this quarter, you will memorize and perform a section of the play Rhinocéros.  We will work on this performance over the weeks in literature class, but it will also be an important requirement for your grammar class with Judith as well.

In addition to the written work you submit for Judith, some weeks during the Thursday literature classes, you will also write and submit answers to workshop questions about the literature readings. 

For each week, please read and understand the assigned pages before that week's class session begins.  We will only be able to move through the literature if you take these reading assignments seriously and dedicate time each week outside of class to do the reading.  This "homework" is a big change from the way literature class worked last quarter (when you mostly did reading in class), and you will have to adjust your schedules accordingly.

Please note:  YOU MUST BRING BOTH YOUR LITERATURE TEXT AND A FRENCH DICTIONARY TO CLASS EACH WEEK.  I will ask students without dictionaries to leave the classroom that week. 

Weekly schedule:

Week 1:  Thursday 1/11           Introduction

Week 2:  Thursday 1/18           Read Rhinocéros 14-32

Week 3:  Thursday 1/25           Read Rhinocéros 33-88 (end of Act I)

Week 4:  Thursday 2/1 Read Rhinocéros 91-135 (Act II, Scene I)

Week 5:  Thursday 2/8 Read Rhinocéros 136-166 (Act II, Scene II)

Week 6:  Thursday 2/15           Read Rhinocéros 169-246 (Act III)

Week 7:  Thursday 2/22           Read Le gone du Chaâba, from page 58 after the

section break until the end of page 67, and from page 71 after the section break until the section break at the top of page 73

Week 8:  Thursday 3/1             Read Le gone du Chaâba, from after the section break on page 73 to the break on page 107

Week 9:  Thursday 3/8             Read Le gone du Chaâba from the section break on page 122 to the very top of page 132; from the break on page 136 to the break on 144; from page 163 after the section break to the very top of page 168; and from page 188 after the section break to the first break on page 190

Week 10: Thursday 3/15          Final presentation of scenes from Rhinocéros