In this class you will have several different kinds of homework to do before the next class. Whatever you do, don't get behind!! because it will be very difficult to catch up! Generally speaking, each day you will do a bit of each of the following:

Finally, you will also prepare 6 one- to two-page essays for this class, one per chapter. These should be typed and double-spaced. You should indicate the word count under your name at the top right corner of the essay. Essays should run between 200 and 300 words. They are due on the days indicated on the course calendar.


Working with a partner, you will prepare a final presentation based on the French-language film of your choice (pending my approval). Presentations will take place on December 4 and 6. Each presentation should last between 20 and 25 minutes, with the time divided more or less equally among the partners. Please do involve the class in the discussion of your movie as much as you can! You can earn extra credit points during other people's presentations when you participate in their discussion, either by answering questions with more than monosyllabic answers, or by asking your own questions.

Your presentation should include all of the following:

You do not have to follow the order given above; points 4 and 5 might be reversed, for example. However, be sure all of these elements are present in your work; you will lose points if they are not. Insofar as possible, use the film vocabulary we have been cultivating all semester long to heighten the sophistication of your presentation. Articulation and clarity are important, as are pronunciation and grammar. Class participation is very, very important!

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

Consider the following cases, taken from a recent year's 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!

Extra credit opportunities and occasions to use your French outside of the classroom will become available throughout the semester.Do not hesitate to ask me how you can do further independent study on your own and earn extra credit for it! If you remind me, I will post extra credit opportunities on this webpage!