COURSE DESCRIPTION.    French 201 is an intermediate level course available to students either through placement or completion of French 110 and French 120 or French 115. The curriculum in this course will provide the opportunity for individual growth in the five areas of language proficiency: speaking, listening, writing, reading, and cultural awareness. It is both a terminal course (for those who are completing the graduation requirement in a foreign language) and a gateway course (for those who wish to continue their study of French at the intermediate level).

CLASS ATTENDANCE.  Class attendance is extremely important in a course of this nature. The only excused absences are those for serious illness, participation in a university-approved activity, or family emergencies. Each unexcused absence over three will cause your final grade to drop by three points. Only those absences documented in writing by the infirmary, your personal physician or the Dean's office will be excused. Students are fully responsible for work covered during their absence from class.

The pace of this intermediate grammar review course is rapid and we cover much material in a short time. Therefore it is imperative that students arrive promptly a few minutes before class begins, prepared to remain in the classroom for the entire fifty minutes. Students should not leave the classroom without instructor permission, and only in the most urgent of circumstances.

LATE WORK/MAKE-UP WORK.   All written work is due at the beginning of the class hour for which it is assigned. No work will be accepted late. Unless you have made special arrangements with me ahead of time, any work turned in late will be marked down by 5 points if turned in after class on the due date or by 10 points per late day if turned in after the due date. Plan ahead: technological troubles (computer, printing, internet…) are not an excuse for late work. If you are dealing with a uniquely extreme situation (health, family, etc.) please be in touch so that we can discuss a possible alternative timeline for your work. As a general rule, make-up work will be accepted only in the case of an excused absence. No make-up quizzes will be administered regardless of the reason for the absence.

HOMEWORK. You will complete activities in iLrn, our online student activities manual. It is to your advantage to complete all assigned activities, not only to earn the best possible grade, but also because online assignments are designed to give you the practice necessary to successful language learning. iLrn assignments are posted in the iLrn website; their due date is indicated on the course website on those dates marked by the clickable iLrn logo. The assignments must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on the due date. You can attempt activities multiple times. You can slow down the speed of the recordings to help with comprehension. Activities may be due on any day except Fridays and Saturdays. Late submissions are accepted with a 10% deduction per day late. Your lowest iLrn grade will be dropped at the end of the semester. You are also encouraged to complete activities in the “Practice” folder (which contains useful material such as flashcards, grammar tutorials, dictées, etc.). Note that these additional practice activities do not count toward your iLrn grade.

Instructions for accessing the Heinle Student Workstation for this course are located here.

The other component of daily homework is the Cahier, or notebook. You should procure a spiral or other notebook to be used exclusively for your assignments in this course; put all your Cahier assignments in this notebook. Cahier assignments are listed directly on the course website and usually consist of work to prepare you for partner and small and large group activities in class. This work should therefore always be completed on time, because your pre-class preparation will make a significant difference on your performance in class. Bring your Cahier to class for each class period; the Cahier will be collected regularly for verification and grading.

QUIZZES, TESTS, AND FINAL EXAM. To encourage daily preparation, a short progress quiz on the assigned material will be administered on the final day of certain chapters. These may include writing or listening sections and will be no more than 15 minutes in length.
Chapter tests (examens) will include material from 3 chapters. In addition to writing and listening sections, students may also write an in-class composition as part of the test. The final exam will be comprehensive, but with particular emphasis on that material presented since the previous chapter test.

COMPOSITIONS.  Students will write four compositions this semester. All compositions are to be typed, double spaced. The professor will indicate all corrections to be made to the first version of each composition; students will make these corrections and then turn in both the original and the revised version of the compositions. The final grade on the compositions will be a composite of the two versions. Your grade on Composition IV will be based on the original version only. The composition topics will be posted on the "Devoirs" page of the French 201 website.

CAFE FRANÇAIS REQUIREMENT. In order to practice your oral French outside the classroom in a smaller group setting, you will attend at least three Cafés français (1st café by February 15; 2nd café between February 16 and March 22; and 3rd café between March 23 and April 19). If the scheduled times for Café français do not work well with your schedule, talk to or email Laura Craeymeersch, our French House Assistant, to make different arrangements: an alternative can be worked out. Each missed Café français before each cutoff date will lower your final course grade by 2 points. It is your responsibility to keep up with these three deadlines and to make alternative arrangements with Caroline ahead of each cutoff date if necessary. Be sure to sign Caroline’s attendance sheet when you attend. No extension will be granted. This course requirement cannot be made up.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY. It is expected that all assignments will be the product of each student's own work and learning. It is a violation of the university statement on academic integrity to have others proofread your work before submitting it for a grade. In general, you should adhere to the guidelines of section E.2, p. 6 of the handbook "Plagiarism and Academic Integrity at Furman University, which reads as follows: "Assistance in spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. The actual writing of the paper must be the student's own work, down to the most minute detail of the writing. If you should need assistance, then you should refer to a dictionary or composition handbook or should consult your teacher, but you should not seek the help of another student. Help obtained from anyone other than the teacher must be specifically acknowledged." Please note carefully these additional guidelines:

  • When preparing written assignments for this course, you may not (1) receive help from native speakers, other students, or tutors; (2) copy and paste sentences from websites; (3) use translation software or sites such as Google Translate. This method usually yields poorly or suspiciously worded work. You will learn by working hard on creating your own sentences with the structures and vocabulary you have studied in class, not by replicating the sentences produced through a translation software. For vocabulary help, it is better to use a dictionary in order to find single words or terms.
  • When preparing written assignments, you may (1) consult with me (I am happy to give you feedback on any work at any stage of completion) and (2) use the dictionary or grammar sources listed on the Internet page of this website.
  • Violations of these policies will be treated as plagiarism.

CLASSROOM PREPARATION AND PARTICIPATION. Your ultimate performance in the course will depend to a great extent on how well you are prepared for class each day and the quantity and quality of your participation in class. For success in the course, you must prepare each day's lesson in advance through reading, study, memorization, and completion of assigned exercises. You are expected to use French as much as possible when talking to the professor and to other students in the classroom.

Students will be asked to complete a self-assessment each month to rate their own efforts in preparation and participation, based on the grading guide found below. The form used to complete and submit the self-assessment is found at If our assessments of your participation and preparation differ, you and I will meet to discuss and determine your monthly grade together. Note that obvious lack of engagement in class activities, recurrent tardiness, not bringing your textbook/cahier to class, doing other work, using your phone, leaving the classroom (unless it is an emergency), speaking English, unexcused absences over three, and any other conduct preventing active participation will negatively affect your Participation and Preparation grade. Laptops may not be used in class. The goal is for you to be present, focused, and immersed in the French language for the duration of each class.

Participation and Preparation Grading Guide:
A-   A   A+
90-100 (Excellent)
Prepared for class; willing to participate; arrives on time; uses French exclusively, enthusiastically and insightfully contributes to class discussion; takes lead in group activities; asks frequent and pertinent questions; not only responds when called upon, but routinely volunteers answers and opinions; makes a strong effort to improve.
B-   B   B+
80-89 (Good)
Prepared for class; willing to participate; arrives on time; uses French the majority of the time; asks questions; contributes to class discussion and group activities; volunteers answers and opinions with frequency; makes an effort to improve.
C-   C   C+
70-79 (Fair)
Demonstrates a superficial level of preparedness and willingness to participate; tendency to arrive to class late; asks few questions; cannot always respond when called upon; contributes minimally to class and group discussions and activities; uses French inconsistently; makes little effort to improve.
D-   D   D+
60-69 (Poor)
Unprepared; unable to respond; rarely, if ever, volunteers answers or opinions; asks few if any questions; low level of contribution to group and class activities and discussions; frequently tardy; makes no effort to improve.

Composition de la note Préparation et Participation (30% de la note finale):

  • Assistance au cours et au Café français: 25%
  • Exercices iLrn: 25%
  • Cahier: 20%
  • Participation en classe: 20%
  • Comportement en classe: 5%
  • Réponses promptes aux appels du prof: inscriptions aux réunions, Remind, auto-évaluation, email, etc.: 5%

ORAL EXAMS.There will be 2 oral exams during the semester to evaluate your speaking performance and to allow you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in a conversational context. At the 1st oral exam, to be scheduled on March 18 and 19, students will work in pairs; possible topics will be available in advance to allow for preparation. The 2nd oral exam will be given, by appointment, at the end of the semester (on April 29 and 30). During the second oral exam, each student will converse individually with the professor in French on topics covered during the semester. Detailed instructions will be provided at a later date.

CLASSROOM COMPORTMENT. Because you will often be called on to speak, chewing gum, food and drink is not allowed in the classroom. When other students are called upon to recite in class, you should give them your attention and refrain from talking or doing other work. The use of cell phones to send or receive voice or data messages during class time is strictly prohibited. No photos, videos or audio recordings may be made in class without the express permission of the instructor.

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES. All students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities such as the weekly French cafés and French-language films on campus, which are publicized through weekly emails sent to students enrolled in French 201. One extra point will be added to your participation grade for each additional session of the French café or other Francophone activity you attend over the required minimum (attendance to be verified by the professor or the French Language House Assistant). Two extra points will be awarded for attendance at a regular Thursday evening showing of the French film series in the Language House, North Village A-302 (attendance to be verified by submission of a half-page synopsis of the film in French or English).

TEXTS: Sur le vif 6e édition and its accompanying exercices in Cengage Heinle Learning Center (iLrn)
Petits Quiz (5) 10%
Chapter tests (2) 20%
Compositions (4) 15%
Final Exam 10%
Oral exams 15%

Participation, iLrn,

A+ = 97-100 A = 93-96 A- = 90-92
B+ = 87-89 B = 83-86 B- = 80-82
C+ = 77-79 C = 73-76 C- = 70-72
D+ = 68-69 D = 65-67 D- = 64-60