Beginning French

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LES DÉBUTANTS: Please find Emploi du Temps, then the syllabus, and finally Literature syllabus.

 *EMPLOI DU TEMPS* Shadow of the Enlightenment - Hiver 2007: Judiith Gabriele (see Literature schedule below)

  • Note:  May be subject to change.  You will receive more detailed assignments daily in class.
  • 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" which means NO CAHIER pages are due and we will use textbook exercises only






Jan 8-11

Orientation, Review

Leçon 13 &14

Expressions with Avoir p. 180  new verbs pp. 183-185

Leçon 14 Le Passé Composé

Intro Leçon 15

* Oral News reports

Leçons 14,15


Jan. 15-18

No Class - Martin Luther King Jr. - holiday

Study - Leçon 15

Le Passé Composé / ÊTRE

QUIZ (Leçons 14,15)

Intro Leçon 16 (text only)

Only pp. 228-232

* Oral News reports

Poetry Choice Due

Leçon 15 + worksheet


Jan. 22-25

Leçon 16, 17


* Oral News reports

Leçon 18

L'article Partitif

Leçon 17, 18


Jan. 29

Feb. 1

Leçons 19 (text only)

Les verbes

QUIZ  (Leçons 16-19)

* Oral News reports

Leçon 20 (Intro)

Les pronoms objets

 Practice Poems

**Cahier Due ( 13-18 )

Cahier Due  Jeudi


Feb. 5-8

5th week


Leçons 20, 21

Les pronoms objets

* Oral News reports

Présentations: La Poésie Leçon 22 (Intro)

Savoir/Connaître/Pronoms relatifs

Leçon 20, 21


Feb. 12-15

QUIZ (Leçons 20-22)

Leçons 23


* Oral News reports

Leçon 23


*Deadline: Final Project Scene Choice & Group

Leçon 22, 23


Feb. 19-22

No Class - President's Day

Study Leçons  23 & 24 L'Imparfait

Leçon  24

*Perform dialogues

Leçon 24


Feb. 26

March 1

Intro: Leçon  25

Le Corps

* Oral News reports

Final Exam

Leçon 25 (text only)

Les Pronoms Y et EN

**Cahier Due ( 20-24 )


March 5-8

Leçon 25, 26 (Intro)

Les Verbes Pronominaux

Leçon 26

Exercises et review


Mar. 12-15

Practice Scenes for Final projects

Final Project Presentations

Classe fête


Shadow of the Enlightenment Beginning French The Evergreen State College Winter 2007 Professor:     Judith Gabriele                                                      *gabrielj@evergreen.eduOffice:             Sem2 B3127                                                               Office Hours:  by appointmentMailbox:           Sem2 B2124                                                               (5487*Best way to reach me is by e-mail Beginners – Language Study:   

Monday/ Thursday                             1:00- 3:00                             Room:             SEM2 C3109             A.  Texts: Le Matériel Nécessaire  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
  Course requirements: Les Devoirs – homework1.  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 corrected.  Answers 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 . 12 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 min.  per session of your weekly learning in the lab. Include the following in this journal:  1.  What sites you looked at and/ or preferred.  2.  A short summary of what you learned.  3.  Write 3 new vocabulary words that you learned in your work using them in a sentence.
  • 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: France: Inside & Out:  Cultural info. & BBC learning site: Lab Info:  (Sem II A 3116) The lab is available for your study groups, we encourage speaking out loud!  It is also perfect for listening and speaking with the headphones.  You can use the cds for your text Contacts.  The Rosetta Stone software available through Level 2 will improve your listening comprehension and vocabulary for everyday events.  We also have the Pimsleur audio series (access in the library catalogue), designed to improve your pronunciation, and learn phrases you will need for traveling and every day affairs.  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% and redo them over the weekend if you do not achieve this goal. You will correct them to demonstrate your comprehension. 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: 3 componentsA.     Oral skit dialogue – 10 lines each –1 skit– see scheduleB.     Poetry Presentation:  Memorized  - ABSOLUTELY NO READING!!!  Guidelines a follows1.      5th Week, Oral performance of a poem or fable (you may perform in partners) with a short introduction and vocabulary list for the class.  2.       Length:  12 lines min.  2nd week, Thursday:  Deadline for making your choice.  Your selection needs to be approved by me with a French or Francophone author from the 1800s forward in order to have language that is rhythmic and flows well. This will be your model for pronunciation, intonation and articulation. There will be several books on OPEN RESERVE in the library for you to select an appropriate poem or fable3.      Language Objective:  demonstrated poetic rhythm and flow with comprehensible articulation and refinement of your accent. You are required to practice this many, many times with a recording from an authentic French speaker in order for you to imitate accurately the intonation and articulation of the vocabulary and verses.  You can find recorded selections on a CD on open reserve in the library or on the internet.                C.  Final Project - 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. 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 in class:

  • 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. Credit loss will be determined by overall student completion of the set forth course objectives and requirements: attendance, class participation, comprehension of the material, written work and oral performance.
  • 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 t 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.

 Suggested Reference Books:   English Grammar for Students of French, by J. Morton (on Open Reserve in the Lib.)Becherelle, La conjugaison de 12,000 Verbes           Brief French Reference Grammar, by Roman Colbert  (on Open Reserve in the Lib.) Other Reference Web Sites:                                              Poetry Site for listening             Check out the Resource links section                            On line French/English Dictionary          Listen to Edith Piaf – ‘La Vie en Rose’

Winter 2007

Beginning Literature: Wednesdays 11:30pm – 1pm, Sem II E3017


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 Wednesday 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:  Wednesday 1/10       Introduction


Week 2:  Wednesday 1/17       Read Rhinocéros, 14-27


Week 3:  Wednesday 1/24       Read Rhinocéros, 28-40


Week 4:  Wednesday 1/31       Read Rhinocéros, 60-88 (to the end of Act I)


Week 5:  Wednesday 2/7         Read Rhinocéros, 91-135 (Act II, Scene I)


Week 6:  Wednesday 2/14       Read Rhinocéros, 136-166 (Act II, Scene II)


Week 7:  Wednesday 2/21       Read Rhinocéros, 202 (when Daisy enters) - 218


Week 8:  Wednesday 2/28       Read Rhinocéros, 219-246 (to the end of Act III)


Week 9:  Wednesday 3/7         Read Le gone du Chaâba, from after the section break on 58 to the end of 67


Week 10:  Wednesday, 3/14    Read Le gone du Chaâba, from after the section break on

page 122 to the very top of 132; and from after the section break on 163 to the very top of 168; and from after the section break on 188 to the break on 190


      Thursday 3/15        Presentation in grammar class of  scene from Rhinocéros