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Bienvenue! Welcome to French 101. This course is the first part of a series of three courses: French 101, French 102, and French 103. Through this series, you will develop a basic level of proficiency in French, in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will also discover a new culture as you are introduced to France and the rest of the French-speaking world, known as la Francophonie. You might be surprised to learn that more than 220 million people in the world speak French as their first or second language.
No knowledge of the French language is necessary to start this course. French 101 will provide you with a firm basis for continuing your study of the French language. You will soon be able, in French, to ask questions, describe yourself and your immediate surroundings, and express what you like to eat and drink and what plans you have for the weekend.
The material we will cover is the same as that taught in the first-year courses on campus at the University of Washington. I highly recommend that you take advantage of the extra activities and exercises in the Vis-à-vis Online Learning Center (http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0073386448/student_view0/index.html) as well as the exercises, which are assigned in Centro (your online workbook and lab manual). These will provide you with more oral practice as well as pronunciation tips.
I hope you enjoy this course! Amusez-vous bien!
When you have finished this course, you will be able to
The Online Environment
Your online course offers several advantages to the traditional classroom, including the comprehensive Online Student Handbook, the ability to communicate electronically with students and with your instructor, and links to a rich array of library resources.
Access information about your online course here or from your Course Syllabus
Online Student Handbook
This handbook answers questions about your online learning course, such as how to purchase your text, schedule an exam, obtain a transcript, and get technical help if you need it. The handbook also provides additional resources, such as how to order books or journals from the library and how to study for an online course.
Communication with Your Instructor and Student PeersTwo methods you will use for communicating during your online course include discussion forums and e-mail.
As an online student, you have access to a wealth of Web resources compiled to provide fast, easy access to information that supports your online learning experience. Organized by subjects, Library Resources link you to sites with help for writing and research, study skills, language learning, and library reference materials. All links have been assessed for credibility and reliability, and they are regularly monitored to ensure their usability.
This course covers material from chapitre 1 to chapitre 6 of your textbook. The work is divided into the six lessons that make up these online materials. through (corresponding to chapters 1 through 6 in your textbook) will guide you through the material presented in the textbook. At the end of and six, you will find review materials that will prepare you for the two major exams in this course—the midterm and the final.
Besides the lessons, graded assignments, and exams, this course provides ample practice for writing French through several non-graded practice exercises from both your textbook and online workbook/lab manual, as well as practice quizzes. For practice listening, you will find pronunciation aids and recordings of vocabulary as well as verb forms and other aspects of the French language embedded in the online lessons. You will also have access to the Vis-à-vis Web site where you will find more opportunities to hear and practice spoken French.
In the course commentary, all French words are in italics and a French word or phrase surrounded by asterisks (e.g. *word*) indicates an incorrect spelling or format.
The course also includes a discussion forum, La table française, for even more opportunities to communicate in French. Finally, several Your-Turn activities enhance the cultural aspect of learning French.
About the Course Materials
Vis-à-vis TextAmon, Evelyne, Muyskens, Judith A., and Omaggio Hadley, Alice C. Vis-a-vis: Beginning French with Digital Workbook/LabManual (Quia), 5th ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2010. ISBN: 9780077943202
Vis-à-vis, 5th edition, is a textbook we have used at the University of Washington for all of our French 100 level courses. It is an excellent college-level text and is rich in cultural material. The explanations are clear, and the book provides a lot of exercises to practice the new skills that you will acquire in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. French 101 will cover the first six chapters of the book.
The online Vis-à-vis Workbook/Lab Manual found in Centro will help you practice what you have learned in the lessons. Most of the exercises are automatically corrected so that you can receive immediate feedback on your progress.
The online workbook/lab manual exercises will give you practice in listening, pronunciation, and intonation, simulating the interaction you would have in class with a French-speaking instructor. While many of the written workbook/lab manual exercises are for practice, those that can have more than one answer are typically included in the assignments that you submit to your instructor for a grade.
Vis-à-vis Web Site
Vis-à-vis Web Site
Access the textbook audio material, the à l'écoute sur Internet online exercises, the iMix playlist, and other activities associated with each chapter for practice.
Access the Web site to complete the optional à l'écoute sur Internet online exercises, listen to French popular music, and find more grammar and vocabulary practice.
À l'écoute sur Internet Online Exercises
A small globe icon appears in the online lessons in the section called "à l'écoute sur Internet" to indicate when to access the site for the assigned exercises (even though many exercises are not assigned, I encourage you to explore as many of them as possible).
About the Course Activities
Wherever you see the audio player, you can follow along in your textbook while you listen.
Click on the right arrow to start the audio.
Throughout the course there are links via an audio player that allow you to hear French pronunciation. These include short vocabulary sections which correspond to pictures in your text, a few Allez-y! exercises from your text, Prononcez bien!, Le parler jeune, Vocabulaire, and Questions and Example Answers.
For Prononcez bien! you will need to listen carefully as the audio includes expressions for the entire chapter and you will have to move the slider to the correct location.
In some instances, you will see "Listen to your Instructor" followed by a link to PowerPoint presentation with audio explaining a topic in more detail.
About La table française
La table françaiseis a discussion forum for French conversation. Try to answer in French only!
See the Discussion Forum Guidelines
The optional discussion forum, La table française, enables us to simulate one of the features of a face-to face setting—being able to converse with other students. Just as students on campus often meet informally face-to-face to practice their French, we'll be able to practice through this online meeting place. All students currently enrolled in Elementary French 101 have access to this discussion forum (See the Discussion Forum Guidelines for details about using this tool). You may respond to postings, or just observe them passively, but you should respond in French only! At any time during your enrollment, you can access La table française, introduce yourself, and practice with other beginning French students. Remember, this is an opportunity to communicate with other students enrolled in French 101 at your skill level.
Your instructor will post topics and questions to get you started, provide general feedback and tips, or pose new questions approximately every two weeks. You should not expect individual feedback in La table française, and you should not ask questions about your work, your grade, or anything that you need a timely response from your instructor for. Rather e-mail your instructor directly with all individual course or assignment related questions.
About Practice Exercises
You do not need to submit practice exercises.
Practice Exercises allow you to apply the concepts presented in each lesson. These exercises are for practice only and do not need to be submitted. Most of these exercises are from the Allez-y! section of your textbook and answers are provided in a separate files that include a menu to help you find specific exercise answers. Where there is no one right answer for an exercise (because the answer will vary according to each person), answers are not provided, you will see the following note: Note: Answers will vary.
Practice Quizzes and Exams
There are several online quizzes that provide immediate feedback in each lesson for additional practice. There are also practice exam quizzes for both the midterm and the final. While these exams are online quizzes, the official midterm and final exams are paper and pencil (or pen) and require scheduling.
These activities pose additional questions, suggest further readings, or encourage exploration of topics that focus on French culture.
About the Lessons
La vie en chantant
à l'écoute sur Internet
Liste de vocabulaire
For the most part, the lessons in these online materials follow the order that material is presented in your textbook. With the addition of the midterm exam preparation and final exam preparation in lessons 3 and 6, respectively, each lesson is organized as follows:
In this section, you will also find:
Wherever you see the audio player, you can follow along in your textbook while you listen.
Click on the right arrow to start the audio.
You will have a total of six assignments in this course (one for each lesson). Assignment consist of a combination of written and oral Workbook/Lab Manual Exercises, Worksheets, Composition Exercise, and/or Oral Exercises corresponding to the chapter you just studied. Assignments are important, as they serve as a check on your comprehension and progress. They are a requirement, and essential to your success in this course.
You will find instructions for each assignment on the Assignment page. You will complete and submit your work to your instructor for a grade.
Most written assignments are derived from material in the online workbook/lab manual and quizzes included in the online materials. Some short compositions will be assigned as well. You will submit your written work for each assignment in a single Word document, using the "Upload a file" button at the end of the Assignment page. See "To Submit Written Assignments" below and individual assignments for detailed assignment instructions. See also the Assignment Submission Guidelines.
Creating Special Characters in MS Word for French
On a PC
Press the Ctrl key and the "special key" at the same time. Then type the letter.
You can also look up these characters using the Insert menu. Select Symbol … and start searching for the character you want (this is a very tedious process—it's much easier to learn the keyboard shortcuts.)
On a Mac
To Submit Written Assignments
You will submit your completed assignments via MS Word files (see below for format). If this is technically impossible for you for any reason, please make arrangements with your instructor at the beginning of the course to use another method.
For all assignments:
Your instructor will make every attempt to return each assignment with individual feedback within 7–10 days of receiving it.Format for Word documents:
Record ResponsesYou will need a PC equipped with a microphone, so you can create an audio file and e-mail it to your instructor.
In the oral exercises, you will use your computer's Sound Recorder. You will be asked to record the oral portion of your assignment, in which you pronounce words and sentences. You will also listen to dictations and questions for which you will write down what you hear or provide answers to questions. You will then record what you wrote.
Be sure to read through the instructions on the Assignment page for each exercise. When you are ready, you will record responses for the exercise. For each recording you make, please use the following format, so that the instructor can record the submission of your assignment:
As you record your assignment, speak slowly and clearly. Remember that you can rerecord it as often as you need before submitting it to the instructor. If needed, your instructor will provide feedback when she listens to your recording.
Be sure to save your written responses, where indicated, as you will be asked to submit them in the same Word file as the written portion of your assignment. Your written responses will help your instructor gauge any problems that you are having in hearing particular sounds or words; responses will be returned to you with feedback.
If you have any questions about using this system, please call the Program Support Services office at (206) 543-2320 or (800)543-2320.
To Record ResponsesYou will need a PC equipped with a microphone, so you can create an audio file and e-mail it to your instructor.
About the Exams
Refer to the Online Student Handbook for exam details, such as scheduling an exam and locating a proctor. Start this process three weeks before your target exadate.
There are two exams associated with this course: a midterm and a final. The midterm will focus on chapters 1 through 3, and the final, while focusing more on chapters 4 through 6, will be comprehensive, encompassing material from all the chapters studied so far. Refer to the Online Student Handbook for exam details, including how to schedule an exam and locate a proctor. It is recommended that you start this process three weeks before your target exam date.
You will take the midterm after completingand the final after completing . The exams will contain written exercises, similar to those that you work on throughout the course.
If you live in an area without an established proctor and you haven't found one yet, do so as soon as possible. Setting up a proctor in advance will ensure quick delivery of your exam when you are ready to take it. (A list of all established proctors is included in the Online Student Handbook.)
Do not take the exams until you have received back all assignments that precede the exam. The exams are closed-book, so you may not bring your textbook.
The exams will be graded on a 4.0 scale.
About Grading and Deadlines
For each assignment and the exams, you will receive a percentage grade. This percentage is based on the number of points you receive, divided by the total possible number of points for the assignment. For example, if you receive 90 out of 100 points on an assignment, you will receive 90 percent.
The following table is a conversion chart that you can use to convert any grade you receive to the University of Washington 4.0 grading system:
The table below shows the weight of assignments and exams in percentages.
For written assignments, you will be expected to include all accents and other special markings, as these are an integral part of correct French spelling and grammar.
Students cannot receive a passing grade in the course unless they pass the final exam with a 70%, regardless of grades on other materials.
If you need to have your final course grade turned in to the registrar by a certain date, plan ahead. Work is graded on a first-come-first-served basis. If you wait until close to your course deadline to submit multiple assignments, they may not get graded in as timely a manner as you would like.
Allow two weeks after submitting your final for Distance Learning to process your grade. Allow even more time if you are taking the exam with a proctor. We cannot get through the process any faster. If your schedule turns out to be particularly tight, you may request a letter from your instructor indicating that you have completed the course and what your course grade is. You may be able to use this prior to having your grade posted to your transcript.
General Study Tips
Refer to "Study Tips and Procedures" in Online Student Handbook for information on the logistics of course completion and tips on how to establish good study habits.
People learn differently, but the following tips, if occasionally obvious, should prove helpful to anyone interested in making the best use of study time in a language course.
Don't forget to fill out your student profile. Click on your name from the Participants list and select Edit profile. You, your instructor, and other students in the course can view these profiles to learn more about each other.
French Internet ResourcesSeattle International Sister City: Nantes, France: http://www.cityofseattle.net/oir/Nantes.htm
Site officiel de la Ville de Nantes: http://www.nantes.fr/accueil/ (The French 101 developer's home city in France.)
About the Developer
Hedwige Meyer is the French 100-level program coordinator. She supervises a team of Teaching Assistants, to whom she gives pedagogical advice and support. She has published the following French workbooks: Supplementary Exercices for French 100 (McGraw Hill, 1995); Workbook to accompany RendezVous, 5th edition (McGraw Hill, 1998); Encore des Exercices (McGraw Hill, 1998); Workbook to accompany Vis-à-vis, 2nd edition (McGraw Hill, 2000); Workbook to accompany Vis-à-vis, 3rd edition (McGraw Hill, 2004). Hedwige is native French, from the city of Nantes in western France. Nantes is a sister city to Seattle, Washington. Take a look at the offiicial Web site for Nantes on the "French Internet Resources" page linked from the Course Syllabus.
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