Fall 2015 FREN 101-01, -02
Instructor: McRae Amoss                                                     Office hours:
Office: Grainger 302                                                             M 2:00-2:50 
Telephone: 395-2177                                                            T 11:00-11:40
                                                                                               R 8:30-9:10
e-mail:                                         F  11:00-11:30
                                                                                        and by appointment

Course Description: A course designed to develop students' skills in basic oral expression, listening and reading comprehension, and writing. Prerequisite: None.  4 credits.


Mitchell, James G.,  and Cheryl TanoEspaces: Rendez-vous avec le monde francophone. 3rd edition.  Boston: Vista, 2015.

Espaces website:

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the French sound system and its contrast with English and conversational skills involving everyday situations (evaluated daily through oral work in class, plus short quizzes and longer tests using oral comprehension sections).
2. Demonstrate basic reading comprehension skills using authentic materials (texts, poems, realia) in in-class and out-of-class reading assignments on an elementary level (evaluated through class discussion of reading assignments and reading comprehension questions on homework and online exercises).
3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of elementary grammar as shown by writing skills (evaluated through written grammar assignments and graded paragraphs on everyday topics and through grammar exercises and paragraphs on quizzes and exams).
4. Demonstrate knowledge of certain aspects of French culture, including the perspectives and practices of daily life, notable events in French history, and the customs, geography and history of important provinces (evaluated through questions on homework and online assignments).

Class Schedule (sous réserve de modification de programme):


Sujet du cours

A remettre

A étudier

A faire ŕ la maison (after class)

Aug. 24



(textbook page numbers)

(workbook page numbers in parentheses)

Aug. 26

Unité 1


pp. 2-5; 10-11

Contextes 1A (p.1-2); Structures 1A.1 (3-4)

MW lab





Aug. 28



pp. 6-7; 14-15

Structures 1A.2 (5-6); Flash Culture 1A (61-62 in back)

Aug. 31



pp. 20-21; 28-29

Contextes 1B (7-8); Structures 1B.1 (9-10)

MW lab





Sep. 2


Workbook pp. 9-10

pp. 32-33; 24-25

Structures 1B.2 (11-12)

Sep. 4

A l'écoute




Sep. 9

Test, Unité 1

Workbook Unité 1



MW lab





Sep. 11

Unité 2


pp. 46-47; 54-55

Contextes 2A (15-16); Structures 2A.1 (17-18)

Sep. 14


Workbook pp. 17-18

pp. 58-59; 50-51

Structures 2A.2 (19-20); Flash Culture 2A (63-64)

Sep. 16



pp. 64-65; 72-73

Contextes 2B (21-22); Structures 2B.1 (23-24)

MW Lab





Sep. 18



pp. 76-77; 68-69

Structures 2B.2 (25-26);)

Sep. 21

A l'écoute

Ecriture (textbook pp. 86-87)



Sep. 23

Unité 3


pp. 90-91, 98-99

Contextes 3A (29-30); Structures 3A.1 (31-32); Flash Culture 3A (65-66)

MW Lab

Test, Unité 2

Workbook Unité 2



Sep. 25



Sep. 28


pp. 102-03, 94-95

Structures 3A.2 (33-34)

Sep. 30


Workbook pp. 33-34

 pp. 108-09, 116-17

Contextes 3B (35-36); Structures 3B.1 (37-38)

MW Lab




Panorama, pp. 126-27 (41-42)

Oct.. 2



pp. 120-21; 112-13

Structures 3B.2 (39-40)

Oct. 5

A l'écoute

Ecriture (textbook pp. 130-31)


Oct. 7

Unité 4


pp. 134-35; 142-43

Contextes 4A (43-44); Structures 4A.1 (45-46)

MW Lab

Test, Unités 1-3

Workbook, Unité 3



Oct. 9



pp. 138-39; 146-47

Structures 4A.2 (47-48)

Oct. 14

Workbook pp. 47-48

 pp. 152-53; 160-61

Contextes 4B (49-50); Structures 4B.1 (51-52)

MW lab





Oct. 16



pp. 156-57; 164

Structures 4B.2 (53-54); Flash Culture 4B (67-68)

Oct. 19

A l'écoute

Ecriture (textbook pp. 174-75)

Panorama, pp. 170-71 (55-56)

Oct. 21

 Unité 5


 pp. 178-79; 186-87

Contextes 5A (57-58); Strucutres 5A.1 (59-60)

MW Lab





Oct. 23


pp. 182-83; 190-91

Structures 5A.2 (61-62); Flash Culture 5A (69-70)

Oct. 26



 pp. 196-97; 204-05

Contextes 5B (63-64); Structures 5B.1 (65-66)

Oct. 28




MW Lab

Test, Unité 4

Workbook Unité 4



Oct. 30


pp. 200-01; 208-09

Structures 5B.2 (67-68);

Nov. 2

 A l'écoute

Ecriture (textbook, pp. 218-19)

Panorama, pp. 214-15 (69-70)

Nov. 4

 Unité 6


 pp. 222-23; 230-31

Contextes 6A (71-72); Structures 6A.1 (73-74)

MW Lab




Nov. 6


pp. 226-27; 234-35

Structures 6A.2 (75-76); Flash Culture 6A (71-72)

Nov. 9




Nov. 11

Workbook pp. 75-76

 pp. 240-41; 248-49

Contextes 6B (77-78); Structures 6B.1 (79-80)

MW Lab

Test, Unité 5

Workbook, Unité 5



Nov. 13



pp. 244-45; 252-53

Structures 6B.2 (81-82)

Nov. 16


Workbook pp. 79-80

Nov. 18

Unité 7


pp. 266-67; 274-75

Contextes 7A (85-86); Structures 7A.1 (87-88)

MW Lab

A l'écoute



Panorama, pp. 258-59 (83-84)

Nov. 20

Test, Unité 6

Workbook Unité 6


Nov. 23

Workbook pp. 87-88

pp. 270-71; 278-79

Structures 7A.2 (89-90); Flash Culture 7A (73-74)

Nov. 25

Vacances du Thanksgiving




MW Lab





Nov. 27

 Vacances du Thanksgiving


Nov. 30



pp. 284-85; 292-93

Contextes 7B (91-92); Structures 7B.1 (93-94)

Dec. 2


 pp. 288-89; 296-97

Structures 7B.2 (95-96)

MW lab





Dec. 4

A l'écoute

Ecriture (textbook pp. 306-07)


Panorama, pp, 302-03 (97-98)

Final Exam:
Section 01: Wednesday, December 9, 11:30-2:00
Section 02: Wednesday, December 9, 3:00-5:30

Course Requirements:
6 chapter tests
Homework, Daily quizzes, Internet Activities and Oral comprehension exercises
Presence and participation
Final exam

Grading: Your grade will be based on chapter tests (40%), homework, daily quizzes, and internet exercises (20%), presence and participation (20%), and a final comprehensive exam (20%) following a 10-point scale (such that, for example, 80-82=B-, 83-87=B, 88-89=B+).

Drop/Add Period and Withdrawal Period: Students may make schedule adjustments (adds and/or drops) until 5:00 p.m. on the sixth day of classes for fall and spring full term courses.  Students may withdraw from individual classes with a grade of “W” (not computed in the GPA) through 5:00 p.m. on the 35th day of regularly scheduled classes.

Tutoring and Accommodations: The Academic Support Center provides tutoring sessions for French language courses that can be helpful to all students.  Hours are listed on the Learning Center's  web pages.  Students who score below 70 on a chapter test may be required to attend tutoring sessions.  If you have a disability and require accommodations, please meet with me early in the semester to discuss your learning needs.  If you wish to request reasonable accommodations (note taking support, extended time for tests, etc.), you will need to register with the Office of Disability Services (Graham building, 395-2391). The office will require appropriate documentation of disability.

Attendance Policy: The attendance policy for this course is the same as the college policy in the college catalogue and the student handbook.

Cultural Events: Students should seek out and attend cultural events that explore aspects of French and Francophone culture.  The instructor will try to announce events in class, but if you find out about something please let the class know. 

Honor Code: Students are expected to live by the Longwood College Honor Code. All work done for the class must be pledged.

Quizzes and Exams
Quizzes and Exams will be based on work done in class and for homework. They must be taken at the scheduled time except in the case of an excused absence from class (illness, participation in a college-sponsored activity, or recognizable emergency).

Homework and Video Exercises
The workbook contains both written exercises and work to be done with the video materials that are on-line.  Exercises are assigned for each class period.  Some will be taken up in class.  During the quiz, the instructor may collect the workbooks and assign a grade for other homework.  The Practice exercises done online will be evaluated online.

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