Policies and Information

Instructor: Dakota Fidram

Section Number: 25690

Instructor’s e-mail:
9:05am – 9:55am
Gilbert 137


Meeting times and place: MWF

Office Hours:





Testing policy
Attendance policy

Grade distribution
Schedule of tests,
 Class participation
 University policies
 Grading policies
 Student concerns
You will be held responsible for the content of this document. Failure to read the syllabus
does NOT exempt you from its contents.
Who can enroll?
Students enrolled in this class have placed into the course via the placement test, or have
transferred the equivalent credit from another institution.
Grade Breakdown
Participation/ Preparation
Chapter Tests (4)
My French Lab
Written/Oral work


Quizzes (5)


Oral Exams


Final exam



Introduction to FREN 1001 through 2002
The first four courses in French (or the first three courses for those who start with FREN 1110)
form a unified program designed to help you develop the ability to speak, read, write, and
understand the language. You will also learn about how various people who speak French
conduct their lives. The majority of class time will be spent working on speaking French; you will
develop the other skills primarily through assignments. To maximize opportunities for developing
your comprehension and speaking skills, your teacher will conduct this class in French.
Your FREN1110 course is a blended 4 hour course in which an increase in on-line coursework
compensates for the reduction of actual in-class contact time to three hours, hence your current
MWF schedule (as opposed to MTWR). For this reason, and since talking about grammar is not as
beneficial as using it, you should not expect your teacher to devote class time to explanations of
grammatical concepts. Your instructor will assume that you have studied the assigned text
pages and tutorials prior to coming to class each day; he/she will answer remaining questions
and offer key examples, but time in class will be devoted to practice with the new structures and
to the development of your communication skills.
Special Note to Students in FREN1110

The pace of FREN1110 is quite rapid during the early part of the semester. It is assumed that
virtually all of the students enrolled have already encountered most of the concepts presented in
the earlier chapters of the text, so these chapters will be covered quickly, first, to give students a
brief review of what they have previously studied; second, to assure that everyone has the same
basic vocabulary; and third, to allow more time to work on the later chapters, whose material
might be completely new to many students. The tempo of this course will require special effort
on your part, but your instructors are dedicated to helping you succeed. Don’t hesitate to contact
them for help! Regular completion of homework assignments and daily study of new vocabulary
and grammar will be vital to your success. Upon successful completion of this course, students
will be able to enroll in FREN2001, which is the third semester course in the lower-division
Required Textbooks
 Pons, Scullen, Valdman, Points de départ, 2nd ed., Pearson Prentice Hall.
 Points de depart key code for access to My French Lab(this provides you access to the
online workbook, lab activities, tutorials, and other learning resources).
 This hybrid course requires that you have a computer (in working order)
equipped with a microphone and webcam.
Class Attendance Policies
 Students missing the first two days of class will be dropped from the course to allow others
to add.
 There are NO EXCUSED absences from this course.
 All students are allowed 4 absences during the semester. (You are strongly advised to use
these days carefully and reserve them to accommodate your unexpected emergencies). If
you miss 4 or fewer classes, you will lose no points from your final participation grade.
However, if you have more than 4 absences, the instructor will deduct ten points for every
additional absence from the final participation grade he/she assigns to you (please recall
that this composes 10% of your final grade in the course).
For example, if you have been assessed as having an overall score of 90 in
participation, upon your fifth absence, this final participation grade will drop
automatically to 80, and for any subsequent absences, an additional 10 points will
be deducted for each of these.
 Students who arrive more than 10 minutes late for class will be considered absent.
 Students who miss more than 15 classes are not allowed to take the final exam.
 Students with prolonged absences due to extreme, unforeseen emergency should talk with
the instructor as soon as possible and contact the Office of the Vice President for Student
Class Participation
Class participation is graded daily, and this grade is based on two factors:
1. Evidence that you have prepared for class.(Your instructor will check for evidence that you
have done any required homework for that date and that your comments and contributions
made in class indicate preparedness and some familiarity with the day’s topic. Bear in mind that
failure to listen to assigned e-links and tutorials in My French Lab will harm this grade.)
2. Active demonstration of your willingness to be involved in and contribute to class activities
and discussions. Participation in English does not constitute good participation. Instead, it
detracts from the class and will lower your grade.
 A= Excellent participation, always well-prepared, no English spoken
 B= Good participation, almost always prepared, very little English spoken
 C= Fair participation, generally prepared, some English spoken
 D= Irregular participation, infrequently prepared, English spoken frequently
 F= Little to no participation, infrequently prepared, English spoken consistently
Bear in mind that absences will affect your daily participation grade – if you are not in class, you
are not participating!

Your instructor may have his or her own policies in addition to those listed above, which are
general guidelines.
Testing Policy
 You will take four tests, each covering 2 chapters.
 Everyone will take the tests on the date indicated on the syllabus. We do not give “makeups,” nor do we allow students to take tests early, so please do not ask. This applies to
ALL students.
 However, at the end of the semester, the lowest of these four grades will be dropped.
Hence, if you must miss a test, that is the grade that will be dropped. Please do not ask for
exceptions to this policy, as they will not be granted.
 Students scheduled for three final exams on the same day or two final exams at the same
time may petition to reschedule one final exam at a different time or day. On-line
instructions and forms are available at the following web sites: or Student Affairs Does Not Manage Final Exam
 Final exams in the Department of Romance Languages are never administered
before the assigned time. If you know now that you cannot be present for the final
exam, you cannot take this course. Students with three exams on the same day or two
exams at the same time are the only exceptions to this policy.
My French Lab Assignments
Here you will read and study the assigned pages in the text, listen to and study the assigned
tutorials, and complete all SAM (student lab manual) assignments, submitting them by the dates
indicated in the assignment calendar. It has been our experience that students who faithfully and
conscientiously complete the MFL exercises do MUCH better in this course than those who do not
(or who wait and do them at the last minute! Pace yourself!).
Written /Oral work
All other teacher-assigned work (beyond the usual MyFrenchLab work) that the instructor deems
appropriate are included here. These assignments are NOT all indicated in the below syllabus, it
is your responsibility to find out if anything was assigned on a day you were absent
from class (check with your instructor or a classmate).
Recurring assignments in this category include: “Culture Chats” (chats on ELC about culture
readings); journal entries (you will write on an assigned topic using current vocab and grammar);
voice recordings (a conversation with your partner about an assigned topic, done via “Google
Hangouts On Air”) ; and written responses to questions about assigned readings(“Lisons”).
(Details/instructions to follow).
Oral Exams
In addition to your teacher’s ongoing informal assessments of your progress, your spoken French
and your listening comprehension will be evaluated formally three times during the semester
(see dates on syllabus). The content of the oral exams will be based in part on the various
pronunciation activities assigned in MFL (entitled “Sons et lettres”). Your overall speaking ability,
as well as your comprehension of spoken French will also be tested.
In exam 1 (25% of final Oral Exam grade), you will simply record your own reading of a given
passage and compare your pronunciation with that of a native speaker reading the same
passage (in a self-assessment). This activity will be repeated at the end of the semester (oral
exam 3, also 25%); this will permit you and your instructor to gauge your improvement. Oral
exam 2 (50%) will be done in person – you will meet with your teacher and engage in
conversation over assigned topics with a partner. (Details to follow).

 You will take five quizzes, each covering the first of the two chapters addressed on each
test (i.e. Ch. 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9).
 Due to the rapid pace of this course, instructors are granted the flexibility of determining
the date for their own quizzes in order to best meet student needs (thus the syllabus does
NOT include these dates), but your instructor will make sure to announce the quiz at least
by the class day prior to the date of quiz administration. If you are absent for a quiz, as in
the case of tests, make-ups are not given, but the lowest quiz grade will be dropped at the
end of the semester.
Academic Honesty
The French 1001-2002 program at the University of Georgia adheres strongly to a program of
academic honesty. This means very simply that all the work you do for this class must be your
own. Asking classmates for answers to homework assignments violates academic honesty
policies at UGA. Use of translation programs is a violation of academic honesty.
However, the use of a dictionary on homework is allowed, but not always recommended. It is a
violation of academic honesty to receive help of any kind (including proofreading)
from anyone (including tutors) but your instructor. All assignments that you turn in and
all tests that you take must be based on your own knowledge and abilities, or you must
document ALL of your sources in an acceptable academic format (ex: MLA style). This includes
any information taken from the internet. The only exception to the policy is the occasional group
activity done in class; all students who contribute must sign their names. All academic work must
meet the standards contained in "A Culture of Honesty." Students are responsible for informing
themselves about those standards before performing any academic work. The link to more
detailed information about academic honesty can be found at:
Students with Disabilities
If you plan to request accommodations for a disability, you must register with the Disability
Resource Center, located in 114 Clark Howell Hall. You can reach them at 706-542-8719. Your
teacher will work with you to make reasonable accommodations once you have presented
her/him with the appropriate forms from the Disability Resource Center.
Student Concerns
If you have a concern about your French class, you should do the following:
 First, try to resolve the problem with the teacher of the course. This is best handled in a
one-on-one conference during the teacher’s office hours and NOT immediately before or
after class.
 If this does not solve the problem, contact the French Preceptor, Polly Mangerson
( to arrange a meeting.
 If, after having spoken with both the course instructor and the Preceptor, your concerns
have still not been resolved, then contact the Supervisor, Dr. Nannette Mosley
(, to discuss the problem.
While it might seem as if going “directly to the top” would bring about a swifter resolution to the
problem, that is not the case, as those at the top are usually not aware of the situation. This is
especially true if your instructor has not yet been informed that you are experiencing some sort
of problem. Following this process should help you resolve whatever difficulties you are having in
the fastest and most efficient way.
Your Teacher’s Availability
If you have a specific problem or need help or information pertaining to the course, your teacher
will be happy to meet with you during his/her required 3 office hours per week or at another
convenient time. Please do not try to conduct important or lengthy business with your teacher
immediately before or after class. Although your teacher will be available during office hours, it
is always helpful to inform him/her that you are coming. Office hours and e-mail addresses are
available at the reception desk in Gilbert Hall and on the Romance Languages web page

( If you experience problems regarding your teacher’s availability, please
contact the French Preceptor (Polly Mangerson) immediately.
The University provides free tutoring (542-7575). There are also people who will tutor you for a
fee; inquire at the reception desk in Gilbert Hall or call 542-1075. It is very difficult to arrange for
these services at the last minute, especially just before exams, so please plan for them in
advance. Please note: your own teacher cannot tutor you for a fee, but s/he must be available
to you for help during his/her office hours. However, it is not feasible for your teacher to devote
all of his/her office hours to giving extra help to one student. If you find you are having
difficulties, first talk to your teacher, then consider getting a tutor (either free or paid).
Learning a Foreign Language
This exciting undertaking provides you a new skill that can be used in many circumstances - from
communicating in informal or business situations to simply enjoying films and great literature in
the original language. Thus, it can be rewarding on many levels.
However, students sometimes believe that language learning does not require the same amount
of time and preparation as other disciplines - after all, our native language was so easy to learn!
But as we are not surrounded by the new language in the way that we were when acquiring our
native one, learning it is a complicated process that necessitates time, effort, and diligence
on the part of the learner, so please keep in mind the following tips:

Repetition and skill-building are important, so spend time each night studying and
memorizing new vocabulary and structures. (Waiting until the night before a test to
study often proves disastrous.)

Study grammar and vocabulary prior to the day they are covered (as is required !)
As mentioned above – class time is for practicing what you have learned at home, not for
introducing and explaining new material. Be sure to avoid translating new vocab as you
study – instead, associate each word with an image or create a basic definition in French.

Review regularly to maintain prior knowledge as you go along. (You cannot afford to
memorize new words for a test and then forget them – this is not how languages work!
Plan to continually recycle grammar and vocabulary as you build your communication

Speak up and participate in class! This is vital to the improvement of your spoken
French. (We ALL make mistakes, even your teachers, but it’s only in attempting to
communicate that we discover whether the recipient of our message understood it, and
more specifically understood the words, grammar, pronunciation and intonation we used
to convey it).

A final note:
In an effort to be fair to all students, to prepare them equally, and to maintain similar
expectations for all, your instructor will adhere to the rules set forth in this syllabus and will work
closely with others teaching the same level (and with the supervisor) in order to create a unified
program that strives to meet student needs and to provide them quality instruction. As we
continually seek to improve our program, we do take your suggestions seriously and attempt to
make modifications where appropriate. We appreciate your thoughtful input and your effort to
learn the language that we all love! Bonne chance!
Department of Romance Languages Grading System












French Table
French Table provides a friendly environment in which students and other Francophiles can speak
French together. All are welcome to participate. French Table is held weekly at The Globe
(Clayton & Lumpkin Sts. near the Georgia Theater). Details to follow!
Other Guidelines
1. All cell phones should be turned OFF (NOT on vibrate or silent). There should be NO texting
during class.
2. Use of laptop computers is only permitted at the discretion of your instructor. If you bring
your laptop to class, it should remain in your bag or backpack unless otherwise indicated.
3. Use of social media websites during class is prohibited (unless engaged in on-line
interactions in French under your instructor’s guidance). The viewing or use of websites
other than those to which your instructor directs you during an activity is also prohibited.
Your instructor reserves the right to mark you absent in the event that you are in
violation of the above policies.
NB: This syllabus is provisional and subject to modification by the Department of Romance
French 1110
Course Syllabus:
Please note:
[Students are to go over the vocabulary and/or grammar explanations and read any passages contained in the pages
indicated below PRIOR to class. Check MyFrenchLab for any required on-line homework daily; your teacher may
assign other homework in class and/or on eLC.]


12 M

14 W

16 F

Material covered in class on this day:
Introduction to class and to My French Lab; les salutations (Points de depart (vocabulaire) p. 3-5);
l’alphabet (p. 13)
Première partie : Formes et fonctions (grammaire) les pronoms sujets et être (p. 7-8) ; quelques
adjectifs (p. 8)
Seconde Partie : (voc.) « la salle de classe » (p. 11-12); (gram.) le genre, le nombre, les articles (p.
Ch. 1, Leçon 1 : (voc.) « Ma famille » (p. 23-24); Vie et Culture (p. 25) ; (gram.) - les adjectifs
possessifs à un possesseur (p. 26-27), les adjectifs invariables (pp. 28-30). Leçon 2 : (voc.) « Les
fêtes et les anniversaires » (p. 33)
Ch. 1, Leçon 2 : Vie et culture (p. 35) ; (gram) avoir et l’âge ; les nombres à cent (pp. 37-38) ; les
adjectifs possessifs à plusieurs possesseurs (p. 39-40). Leçon 3: (voc.) « Une semaine typique »
(p.43-45) ; Vie et culture (p. 44)
Leçon 3 : (gram.) les verbes en –er et la négation (p. 47-48), les questions (p. 49-50);
Chapitre 2, Leçon 1 : (voc.) « Elles sont comment ? » (55-56) ; Vie et culture (57)
Culture Chat 1 due by midnight
Leçon 1 : (gram.) les adjectifs variables (59), les adverbes interrogatifs (61) ; Leçon 2: (voc.) « Nos
activités » (p. 65-66) ; Vie et culture (67)
For next Fri. : Lisons : A « Avant de lire » et B « En lisant » (p. 63-64) [Bring written responses
to class on due date for discussion.]

19 M
21 W

23 F

26 M
28 W
30 F





11 W
13 F
16 M
18 W
20 F


Martin Luther King Jr. holiday – No Classes
Ch. 2, Leçon 2 : (gram.) les prépositions à et de (p. 68-69), le verbe faire (p. 70-71) ; Leçon 3 :
(voc.) « Destinations diverses » (p. 73) ; Vie et culture (p. 74-75) ; (gram.) le verbe aller et le
futur proche (76-77)
Leçon 3 (gram.) l’impératif (p. 78). Lisons (p. 64). Révision
Journal 1 due
EXAMEN #1 (Chapitres P-2) Voice recording 1 due by Tues (Jan. 27) by midnight
Ch. 3, Leçon 1 : (voc.) « La routine du matin » (p. 85-86) ; Vie et culture (p. 86) ; (gram.) les verbes
pronominaux et les pronoms réfléchis (p. 88) ; les adverbes (p. 90-91)
Leçon 2 : (voc.) l’heure (p. 94-95) ; Vie et culture (p. 96); (gram.)les verbes en –ir comme dormir (p.
98-99) ; le verbe mettre (p. 100)
Oral exam 1 (reading passage to record on-line)
Ch. 3, Leçon 3 : (voc.) « les vêtements et les couleurs » (p. 102-103) ; Vie et culture (p. 104),
(gram.) les adjectifs prénominaux au singulier (p. 105-106), au pluriel (107- 108)
Ch. 4, Leçon 1 : (voc.) « Le temps à toutes les saisons » (p. 113-14) ; Vie et culture (p. 114) ; (gram.)
les verbes en –re comme attendre (p. 118-19), le passé composé avec avoir (p. 120-121)
For next Wed.: Lisons : A « Avant de lire » et B « En lisant » (p. 122-23) [Bring written responses
to class on due date for discussion.]
Leçon 2 : (voc.) « Des activités par tous les temps » (124-25) ; Vie et culture (127) ; (gram.) le
passé composé avec être (p. 129)
Culture Chat 2 due by midnight
Ch. 4, Leçon 2 : (gram.) les questions avec quel (p. 131) ; Leçon 3 : (voc.) « Qu’est-ce qu’on
propose ? » (p. 134-35) ; Vie et culture (p. 135) ; (gram.) les verbes comme préférer et l’emploi de
l’infinitif (p. 137)
Leçon 3 : (gram.) les verbes comme acheter et appeler (p. 139 – 140); Lisons p. 122-23 ; Révision
EXAMEN #2 (Chapitres 3-4) Voice recording 2 due by Mon. (Feb. 16) by midnight
Ch. 5, Leçon 1 : (voc.) « Au café » (p. 145-146) ; Vie et culture (p. 148) ; (gram.) prendre et boire (p.
149-150), l’article partitif (p. 152)
Leçon 2 : (voc.) « Les repas » (p. 156-57) ; Vie et culture (p. 158) ; (gram.) les questions : qu’est-ce
qui, qu’est-ce que, qui et quoi (p. 160-61) ; les verbes en –ir comme choisir (p. 163)
Leçon 3 : (voc.) « Allons au supermarché » (p. 166-67) ; Vie et culture (p. 168) ; (gram.) les
expressions de quantité (p. 169) ; le pronom en (p. 171)
Journal 2 due

23 M

Ch. 6, Leçon 1 : (voc.) « Chez les Santini »(177-78) ; Vie et culture (180) ; (voc.) les nombres à
partir de mille (180-181), les pronoms compléments d’objet direct le, la, l’, les (p. 182-83)

25 W

27 F

Leçon 2 : (voc.) «Chez Christelle » (p. 185-86) ; Vie et culture (p. 186) ; (gram.) les pronoms
compléments d’objet indirect lui et leur (p. 187) ; les pronoms compléments d’objet me, te, nous et
vous (p. 189-190) Culture Chat 3 due by midnight
Leçon 3 : (voc.) « Tout près de la nature » (p. 193) ; Vie et culture (p. 194); (gram.) des suggestions
avec l’imparfait (p. 197)
For Mon. : Lisons : A « Avant de lire » et B « En lisant » (p. 200-201) [Bring written responses to
class on due date for discussion.]


Ch. 6, Leçon 3 (gram.) l’imparfait : la description au passé (p. 198) ; Lisons (p. 200-201) ; Révision


EXAMEN #3 (Chapitres 5-6) Voice recording 3 due by Thurs. (Mar. 5) by midnight
Ch. 7, Leçon 1 : (voc.) « Santé physique et morale » (p. 205-206); Vie et culture (p. 207 ; (gram.)
les verbes devoir, pouvoir et vouloir



16 M
18 W

Ch. 7, Leçon 1 : (gram.) l’imparfait et le passé composé : description et narration (p. 211)
Leçon 2 : (voc.) « Les grands événements » (p. 214, 216) ; Vie et culture (p. 215) ; (gram.)l’imparfait
et le passé composé, d’autres contrastes (p. 217) ; l’adjectif démonstratif (p. 218-19)
(*MIDPOINT WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE; last day to withdraw with a “WP.”)
Leçon 3 : (voc.) « Pour exprimer les sentiments et les émotions » (p. 221-22) ; Vie et culture (p.
222) ; (gram.) Les verbes pronominaux idiomatiques (p. 224), connaître et savoir (p. 226-27)
For Mon.: Lisons : A « Avant de lire » et B « En lisant » (p. 228-231) [Bring written responses to
class on due date for discussion.]

(19 R)
20 F

23 M
25 W

27 F

30 M


10 F

13 M
15 W
17 F

20 M
22 W

Lisons (p. 228-231); Ch. 8, Leçon 1 : (voc.) « A la fac » (p. 235) ; Vie et culture p. 237 ; gram. (p.
238-239) Culture Chat 4 due by midnight
Leçon 1 : (gram.) les expressions indéfinies et négatives (p. 240-41) ; Leçon 2: (voc.) « Des
programmes d’études et des cours » (p. 245-46) ; Vie et culture (p. 248) ; (gram.) écrire, lire et
dire (p. 250)
Ch. 8. Leçon 2 : (gram.) le comparatif et le superlatif des adjectifs (p. 251-52) ; Leçon 3 : (voc.)
Qu’est-ce que vous voulez faire comme travail » (p. 255-56) ; Vie et culture (p. 257) ; (gram.)C’est
et il est (p. 258)
préparation à l’ activité de conversation (oral assessment 2), cette semaine
Leçon 3 : (gram.) venir (p. 259) ; Révision
Journal 3 due
EXAMEN #4 (Chapitres 7-8) (no voice recording due – practice for upcoming oral exam!)
Ch. 9, Leçon 1 : (voc.) « Comment y aller » (p. 265-66) ; Vie et culture (p. 267) ; (gram.) le futur (p.
Leçon 1 : (gram.) le pronom «y » (271-72) ; Leçon 2: (voc.) « Où est-ce qu’on va ? »(p. 275-76) ; Vie
et culture (p. 277) ; (gram.)les expressions de nécessité avec l’infinitif (p. 278-79)
Oral exam 2 (« Activité de conversation », in person with partner)
Ch. 9, Leçon 2 : (gram.) le subjonctif/ avec les expressions de nécessité (p. 280); Leçon 3 : (voc.)Le
logement et les visites » (p. 284, 286) ; Vie et culture (285)
Leçon 3 : (gram.) le subjonctif de quelques verbes irréguliers (p. 288) , le subjonctif avec les
expressions de volonté (p. 290)
Ch. 10, Leçon 1 : (voc.) « Qu’est-ce qu’il y a à la télé ? » (p. 297-99) ; Vie et culture (p. 300) ;
(gram.) croire et voir (p. 302-303) Culture Chat 5 due by midnight
Ch. 10, Leçon 1 : (gram.) le subjonctif avec les expressions d’émotion (p. 304-305) ; Leçon 2 : (voc.)
« Etes-vous technophile ou technophobe ? » (p. 308-309) ; Vie et culture (p. 310)
Oral exam 3 (reading passage to record on-line)
Course Evaluations this week
Leçon 2 : (gram.) le conditionnel (p. 311-312), les phrases avec si (p. 313)
*Requests for exam change due (for 3 exams on same day or 2 exams at same time)
Ch. 10, Leçon 3 : (voc.) « La lecture et vous » (p. 316) ; Vie et culture (p. 317) ; (gram.) les pronoms
relatifs où, qui, et que (p. 318-320)
For Fri. : Lisons : A « Avant de lire » et B « En lisant » (p. 322-323) [Bring written responses to
class on due date for discussion.]

24 F

Lisons (p. 322-325); Révision (Ch. 10)
Voice recording 4 due by midnight

27 M
28 T

Final exam review
Reading Day (No classes)

***Final exam: Monday, May 4, 7:00-10:00 pm***
 Final examinations in the Department of Romance Languages are never administered
before the assigned time. If you know now that you cannot be present for the final exam,
you cannot take this course.
 The final exam may be postponed and an incomplete granted only in emergency
situations. Consult the Undergraduate Bulletin for the rules.
 Final Exam conflicts are managed by the Office of Curriculum Systems (542-6358).
Students scheduled for three exams on the same day or two exams at the same time may
petition to reschedule one exam at a different time or day. On-line instructions and forms
are available at the following web sites: or Student Affairs Does Not Manage Final Exam Conflicts.
 Please be advised that the make-up exam will be given on the morning following the exam
from 8:30-11:30 AM. This is the only make-up session that will be offered.