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Tools for writing a French ECE 3267 or 3268 syllabus

Name of instructor
Class period and room
Office hours, room
Instructor’s phone number and e-mail
Course URL if you have one.

Course prerequisites
French 164 (Intermediate II) or three years of high school French.

Course description and objectives


Your syllabus should explain the specific requirements and advantages of being a UConn college course.

1. The following information can be included in the course description:


This course is a college course. UConn ECE is a concurrent enrollment program that allows students to receive both
high school and college credit for this course. The three credits earned transfer into UConn and many other
institutions. Grades below a C are listed as “audit”, showing only that the student has attended the course. UConn
ECE students are non-degree UConn students and are eligible for a variety of university benefits.

Important ECE deadlines:


Fees are $75 for a three credit course.
Registration forms received after June 30th will be processed during the add/drop period, August 25th-September 8th.
An additional $25 charge will be applied to student bill.
Program fee invoices will be mailed to each student directly from UConn at the end of the summer.
Program fees are not refundable after September 8th.

2. Consider and include the following statement in your own objectives and practices:
University of Connecticut: French 3267 and French 3268
Statement of Pedagogical Principles and Practices
Both 3267 and 3268 French courses are “introductory advanced courses” whose primary goal is to help students achieve success in
future advanced French college courses (examples of advanced courses at the University of Connecticut are: French literature from the
Middle Ages to the 21st-Century; French art and civilization; Francophone literature; French or Francophone cinema; introduction to
literary theory; advanced grammar; phonetics etc.) Both courses aim at helping students master the four skills, and becoming familiar
with the French language and with French and Francophone culture, in order to help them focus on more complex content courses in
college.

French 3267, Grammar and Culture, The Bridge


This course is a bridge between basic-level language classes -- where the students learn the French language -- and advanced courses
about a literary, cultural or specific linguistic content taught in French. This course is an overall review of grammar and of the four
basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing. Moreover, the study of a variety of cultural topics, such as French or Francophone
history, literature, film, music, and current events, will complement the review of language structures and linguistic skills.
3267: Regular activities and assessments include: reading assignments, oral presentations, compositions, class discussions, grammar
exercises, quizzes and exams.
The cultural content of the course varies from instructor to instructor. On the other hand, the systematic review of grammar and of the
four skills, through regular practice and assessment needs to be comparable at the college and the high school levels.

French 3268 W, Grammar and Composition


This course is a composition course, as well as a review of grammar. In this course, students will learn specific writing skills, such as
taking notes, writing a letter, a narrative, a portrait, a film or book review, an argumentative essay, a research paper etc. Students will
work on improving their writing skills while reading different types of texts (letters, poetry, short stories, a novel, newspaper articles,
film reviews, portraits) and studying their functions and techniques. The next step is imitation: students practice by writing their own
journal, letter, poetry, narrative, article etc. Students will also review numerous grammatical problems, lists of vocabulary, and apply
them to their texts.
3268: Regular activities and assessments include: reading assignments, grammar exercises, making and learning vocabulary lists,
writing at least two versions for each main composition (at least one draft, and one final version), quizzes and exams.
The reading assignments may vary from instructor to instructor. On the other hand, the amount of writing needs to be comparable at
the college and high school levels. French 3268 is a writing intensive (W) course: students need to write and revise a minimum of 15
pages during the semester. At the high schools, frequent writing samples assigned throughout the year, along with the final 5-page
paper (1500 words), need to amount to the same number of pages.

Texts
On the vista web page, you will find a 6-page long bibliography of textbooks, literary works and films used at Uconn
and at the high schools.

Homework, tests, and activities


Consider the Uconn 3267 and 3268 classroom activities shown above for your own syllabus.
When designing your 3268 syllabus, please consult also the Uconn requirements for Writing intensive courses
(posted on the vista web site). It might be advisable at this point to clearly state that students will be assigned a 1500
words/5 page paper at the end of the year.

The following information can be included in your syllabus:


Regular oral and written practice is essential for improving proficiency in a foreign language. Attending class and
participating actively on a daily basis are necessary for success. It is very important that you speak French at all
times in class, even when working in pair groups. Your participation grade is based on your attendance and on your
willingness to participate actively in class activities. Success in learning a foreign language requires frequent
(=daily!) studying, memorizing and practice using the language!
This class will require substantial independent preparation and learning. You must study and prepare each chapter on
your own BEFORE class so that we can use class time to practice and master the language skills and structures.
Prepare questions about anything that you don’t understand. A general rule of thumb is that you should expect to
spend at least 1—1.5 hours preparing for each class session: reviewing the grammar and vocabulary from the
previous class, reading over the grammar explanations and doing the assignments for the next class. A minimum of 4
to 6 hours of work a week should be devoted to this course.

Grade breakdown
For 3267, each of the 4 skills, reading, writing, speaking and listening, should be given a more or less equal value.
For 3268, the emphasis is on grammar and compositions. Composition grades should take into account the rewrites
and efforts at self-correction.
Numerical grades are converted into letter grades as follow:
A=100-95
A-=94-90
B+=89-87
B=86-84
B-=83-80
C+=79-77
C=76-74
C-=73-70
D+=69-67
D=66-64
D-=63-60
F=59 and below.

Plagiarism and academic honesty policies.


Written assignments that you submit in this class must be entirely your own work. Should you need to perform
research for a class assignment, you must appropriately cite the work consulted (INCLUDING INTERNET
RESOURCES!) using quotation marks, in-text citations, footnotes/endnotes and/or a bibliography in the correct
MLA format (see The MLA Handbook). If you have any questions about how to give appropriate credit to sources,
please come and see me.
Various policies
Attendance and tardiness
Missed or late exams or assignments

Various tips and methods to learn


The use of circumlocutions, avoid translating from English, do not feel intimidated by your mistakes, read the
newspaper or listen to the radio on the Internet, etc.

Tentative schedule
This will vary according to your school’s schedule, your objectives and texts.
Try to provide at least a tentative monthly schedule.

Note: your syllabus can be in French or in English, as you choose. There are advantages and inconveniences for each
choice.