Sonoma State University
French 201

Third-Semester French
(Fall 2009)

Professeur Suzanne Toczyski


Bienvenue au cours intermédiare de français
à Sonoma State University!

La classe se réunit le lundi et le mercredi de 10h à 11h50h dans la salle Stevenson 2083 .

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Course Requirements | Required Textbooks | Homework |
| Test Policy & Final Exam
Calculation of Grades | Rules of Courtesy
Notice of University Policies | Mission Statement



FR 102, or permission of the professor.

The goal of Third-Semester French is to increase your proficiency in French while providing you with a francophone context within which to use and practice what you have learned. Because total immersion in a language is the best way to learn that language, in class we will speak only French. DON'T PANIC if you don't understand everything I say, or even half of what I say at first! I will do my best, with a combination of gestures and pictures and cognates, to communicate my main idea. It is normal to get frustrated or confused, and the best way to work through your frustration is simply to come to class ready to listen and to respond assiduously. Be open to new experiences! Take risks! Open your mouth as often as possible and speak, even if you aren't sure of the answer ~ it's the best way to develop a kind of ease in class that fosters language learning. Play by the rules ~ only French, and note that I will make a point of marking down the participation part of your grade if you break the rule! So, remember that there is NO CHATTING in English with your neighbor during class. And if you have questions you cannot ask in French, do wait until the break or the end of the class to ask them.

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Interaction and QUIA Access Key available at the bookstore (in one bundle) or on-line (see your email for details). ACCESS to the Internet is essential for this course.

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French 201, Third-Semester French, is intended as an in-depth review of French grammar and francophone culture. Attention will be paid to all the basic communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Note that since it is assumed you have already mastered all or most of the basic points of French grammar, much of your revision of grammar will be done on your own, as you review the pages devoted to grammar in your textbook. On the calendar, "Préparer Structures I," means that you must review all the grammar presented in those pages so you can use it actively in class the following day! "Préparer le vocabulaire," means that you must learn the entire vocabulary list ~ and be prepared for pop quizzes on any of these topics! Even if you feel you are an expert on a given topic, reread the material in the section anyway: the mastery is in the details! This is a rather fast-paced course and requires steady work habits, so be prepared.

Over the course of the semester, we will cover chapters one to nine in the textbook Interaction, spending approximately 3-4 class days on each chapter. It is crazy hectic! There will be one test at the end of every two chapters. The material from chapter nine will be covered on the final exam, which is cumulative.

Please note that lab work is mandatory, and you must register separately for lab on a CR/NC basis. In this class you will be doing your labwork through the QUIA on-line lab manual which accompanies your text. You must have access to the web to do the homework for this class! Note that on-campus labs are available to all students, and the Language Laboratory (Stevenson 1040) gives priority to students in language classes who are doing work for those classes while there. In theory, then, students should not have any trouble accessing the lab manual on line. You get one unit of credit for lab work (CR/NC) if you complete at least 75% of the required 1500 minutes by the end of the semester. No more than 200 minutes per week will count toward the student's grand total lab time; if it takes you longer to complete that week's assignments, please do take the time to complete them, but know that attempts to make up large amounts of lab time at the end of the semester will not count! Lab work, which includes listening, speaking, reading and writing practice, is an essential component of any language course, and will prove incredibly beneficial to your language study, provided you complete the work carefully and thoroughly. Your time on these exercises will be clocked by the QUIA software which offers us the cool lab exercises on-line. In addition, 5% of your final grade in the class is also based on the percentage of QUIA minutes you complete, so it really is to your advantage to do 100% of QUIA.

Advantages to using the QUIA on-line lab manual for Horizons:

  • Many exercises are immediately self-correcting, so you will receive instant feedback, see the progress you are making right away, and can correct mistakes as you make them!
  • The QUIA program has been set up to track the time you spend doing your lab exercises no matter where you do them! In other words, you do not need to do your lab homework in the language lab; the system will simply keep track for me of how much time you're spending there on a weekly basis and I will use this record to assign grades for lab time at the end of the semester!
  • You can do both oral and written lab work in the same place without extra equipment!

Note that only a subset of important on-line "rédaction" exercises will be counted for your final homework grade in this class. They are marked "Rédaction" and you should make sure you turn in each assignment on the day that it is due. NOTE: While you could do this rédaction work in QUIA, you should not!!! Instead, HAND-WRITE THIS ONE homework assignment neatly on lined paper, DOUBLE-SPACED. Each short composition will be given a grade out of 50 pts. (Just to be clear: the on-line rédaction exercises count for the homework grade in class; minutes you accrue in the lab will count toward your CR/NC grade in the lab section and ALSO for 5% of your course grade.)

So, welcome to Quia! Quia provides a fun and dynamic environment where you can complete your out-of-class work. Instead of doing your workbook with paper and pen, Quia allows you to complete your work electronically. You get instant feedback to the questions you answer in a variety of activity and game formats only Quia provides.

How to use the on-line manual of Interaction for French 201 at SSU:

1. I will distribute instructions for registering for the QUIA on-line manual in class.

Once you have registered for the on-line manual of Interaction, you use the manual as follows:

Once you're logged in, you should see a screen split more or less into two parts: a purple navigation guide at left, and a larger white screen at right. There are many ways to navigate the manual, and I would recommend that you play around with the different options before getting started.

At the top of the page, you will see a gray navigation bar labeled Back Prev Page Next Page, etc. You can use this bar to scroll page by page through the manual. However, this is not the easiest way to find the exercises you're looking for!

A better way: scrolling to the chapter you're interested in in the lefthand bar and clicking on Go will take you directly to a table of contents of that chapter's exercises. These exercises are arranged two sections: activités orales (oral exercises) for a given chapter, and activités écrites (written exercises) for that chapter. We will cover approximately one section per class (two on some busy days!), so you will need to find and complete both the oral and the written exercises for that section to do before the next class.

For example, in Chapter 1, after our second day of class, you should go on-line and do:

  • Activités orales I - 1A-L
  • Activités écrites I - 3A-C, H

Remember, I will be getting a record of all of your results (or "grades") on these exercises, so be thorough and don't forget to do the work when the work is assigned. (The grades themselves are not as important as the time you spend doing them.) Also remember that, in addition to the exercises in the QUIA, homework assignments also include studying vocabulary and grammar in your textbook (see the course calendar) and reading the cultural and literary material in each chapter. With lab work as well as with study time, the best way to learn a language is in small increments. We only meet two times per week, and we can only cover so much material in that time. Do the rest in small increments each day, including (and especially!) the days the class does not meet. Try to set aside time daily to study French ~ from 30 to 60 minutes at a time, including at least one hour per hour of class in addition to your regular weekly lab time.

To verify your progress before taking any exam in this class, do the self-correcting grammar exercises for students which have been conveniently located on your textbook's webpage at:

NOTE: The "activités culturelles" exercises mentioned in the course calendar refer to the cultural activities located on this website!

A bit of advice...or,
Why it is essential that you do your French homework & come to class!

Consider the following cases, taken from last year's first-year French class:

Student X had a test average of 94.75 (A), but only earned a 69.8 (D+) on homework and a 53.7 (F) for lab work. Student X consequently earned a B+ in the class.

Student Y had a test average of 94.375 (A), but did virtually no homework, earning only 4.5 (F) and a whopping 13.9 (F) for lab work. Student Y was also absent 7 times, earning a grade of 76 (C) for participation. Student Y consequently earned a C in the class!

Student Z had a test average of 75.5 (C), but earned 86.25 (B) for homework and 100 (A) for lab. Student Z consequently earned a grade of C+ for the class! That is, Student A's grade IMPROVED due to homework!

Or you could look at it like this… The breakdown of final grades from this class were as follows:





The two people who earned B+ in the class both had A averages on tests, but their grade dropped by two steps because they didn't do their homework.

Everyone who earned an A- or an A got at least 80 as a homework grade.

Of the 10 people who earned a grade below B, all but ONE of them received a grade under 74 for homework.

Hence it is eminently clear that it is ESSENTIAL that you do your French homework and lab work and come to class!

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Participation--and, of course, attendance--is essential to language learning, and you will be receiving a daily participation grade out of 10 points based on your presence, alertness and responsiveness in class. Frequent use of English (or attempts to use English) will result in a a lower participation grade. I grade as follows:

  • Enthusiastic and frequent participation!! 10
  • Participation on a regular basis throughout class: 9
  • Participation is infrequent but appears to be paying attention: 8
  • Participation is very spotty to none at all: 6 or 7
  • Leaves halfway through class: 3-5
  • Absent: 0

Participation will count for 10% of your final grade, and the grade will drop a step (eg. from A- to B+) with every absence over two. Moreover, you are responsible for any material missed because of an absence, whatever the reason. If you must be absent, make arrangements with another student to get the notes from class; if you have problems catching up, make an appointment to see the campus French tutor.

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Policy on tests: there will be NO make-up tests, absolutely NONE. If you miss a test, you will receive a 0 for that test. However, note that when calculating your final grade, I will omit the worst test score. This does not mean that you should purposefully miss one test: take all of them, and do your best on all of them! There will also be two oral exams: one in the middle of the semester, and one at the end. I will be handing out a sign-up sheet when the time comes.

The Final Exam will take place on Monday, December 14, from 11am to 12:50pm.

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Homework "rédactions": 10%
Participation: 10%
Tests and midterm oral: 50%
Final exam and oral: 20%
Daily quizzes (vocabulary OR verb conjugation): 5%
Lab time: 5%
(If you do 100% of QUIA, you automatically get an A for this lab 5%.)

Notice that the great majority of your grade is based on test scores, but that you can easily drop a full grade or more by not keeping up with your participation and homework. (See Why it is essential that you do your French homework & come to class!, above, if you really need convincing!) I can't stress enough how much regular work on French is essential to success in this course -- keep from falling behind and you're halfway to passing!

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Please turn off all cell phones and put them away and out of sight upon entering the classroom. Disruption due to cell phone usage will not be tolerated. Indeed, should your cell phone ring during class, I may answer it for you, in French, which will really confuse your friends! Moreover, please have the courtesy not to text friends while class is in session. Anyone observed texting will be asked either to hand over their phone for the duration, or to leave the class, and will forfeit participation credit and the quiz for that day.

If you are going to be absent and have a valid excuse (serious illness, death in the family), please make every effort ot inform the professor of your absence and of your efforts to make up the work you missed. (Note: you may not make up quizzes, but I will drop one or two. You may not miss an oral presentation.) I am eminently available via e-mail (, or during my office hours, Tuesdays, 1:30pm-3pm, or by appointment.

Students who talk repeatedly amongst themselves, even in French, when course material is being explained will receive a warning. If the behavior should persist, the student's class participation grade for the day will be significantly lowered, and the student may be asked to leave the class.

Note that there will be ample time for conversation in French during class activity periods.

Finally, keep in mind that I am available for help, in my office during my office hours. Please don't hesitate to come and see me if you are having problems in the class or if you want study suggestions!

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There are important University policies that you should be aware of, such as the add/drop policy; cheating and plagiarism policy, grade appeal procedures; accommodations for students with disabilities and the diversity vision statement. ( Go to this URL to find them: )

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a student with a disability and you think you may require accommodations, please register with the campus office of Disability Services for Students (DSS), located in Salazar Hall - Room 1049, Phone: (707) 664-2677, TTY/TDD: (707) 664-2958. DSS will provide you with written confirmation of your verified disability and authorize recommended accommodations. This authorization must be presented to the instructor before any accommodations can be made.

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The French Program of Sonoma State University seeks to develop in its students the basic linguistic skills, analytical skills, and cultural and literary knowledge which will enable them to appreciate the uniqueness of other cultures and to function in francophone communities around the world. In all of its offerings, the French Program seeks to support the ideals of a general liberal arts education.

In order to facilitate students' integration of this course into their understanding of the greater goals of the French Program and the General Education Program at Sonoma State University, it should be noted that French 201, Third-Semester French, meets the following French Program learning objectives:

  • ability to understand spoken French, read a variety of texts written in French, and communicate effectively in French orally and in writing;
  • appreciation and knowledge of the French culture;
  • appreciation and knowledge of the French literature;
  • appreciation and knowledge of the francophone world, cultures and literatures (including an understanding of the norms, values and beliefs of areas where the target language is used, as well as recognition of key social and cultural traditions;
  • ability to respond in culturally appropriate ways in a variety of common situations in the target cultures;
  • knowledge of phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics of the French language.

This course also meets the following GE Program learning objectives:

  • ability to think and read critically;
  • ability to communicate efficiently orally and in writing;
  • appreciation and knowledge of grammar and linguistic concepts;
  • ability to use state-of-the-art technology to access cultural documents and multimedia resources.

This course also exposes students to knowledge about values and ethical issues, including:

  • appreciation of diversity and difference;
  • awareness of language as a living product of culture and vice versa;
  • ability to apply the knowledge and skills learned to situations outside the academic setting.

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Calculation of Grades | Rules of Courtesy | Disability Notice | Mission Statement

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