French 1020 First Year French II Syllabus

Dr. Cheryl M. Hansen

Professor of French

430 Elizabeth Hall



 Le Louvre et la Pyramide, Paris, France ©—photo taken by Cheryl Marie Hansen

Office Hours: MW 1:00-2:00 PM, TR 12:00-1:00 PM or by appointment as needed. 
I do have an open office policy.  Please note: there may be days that I will need to cancel office hours because of meetings or conferences.

Grading:  Students will be graded on: (1) class participation, including speaking, writing, listening and reading activities which will be monitored—20%, (2) careful preparation of materials and completion of homework and online workbook assignments. I will check them weekly during the semester—15%, (3) three chapter exams—30%, (4) midterm assessment—10%, (5) final exam—25%. The final exam will include speaking, writing, listening and reading activities.

Course Objectives: To introduce students to the French language and to help them become more proficient in reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Students will also be given the opportunity to practice the language in a range of contexts likely to be encountered in the French-speaking culture.

Functions and Communicative Skills:  The skills to be emphasized in First Year French are: a working knowledge of nouns, articles, adjectives, adverbs and verbs in the present, future and past tenses. Language skills will be practiced in contextualized, real life and meaningful situations—school, work, home, friends, family, traveling, politics, ecology, weather, sports, French culture, personal conditions and daily activities. Students will be introduced to some francophone literature in French.

Policies and Procedures:  Make-up exams will only be given in extreme cases and must be completed before corrected exams have been returned. If you know that you will need to miss class on an examination day, please notify your instructor in advance. Preparation and daily attendance are essential to the learning process when studying a foreign language. Please do whatever is necessary to keep up with the class. Since class activities are highly interactive, progress of the entire class depends on individual effort and participation. Students are expected to be prepared with homework assigned and to participate fully in class activities. The online workbook reinforces the concepts introduced in the textbook and students are expected to complete all written and aural assignments. Only students who are prepared daily will receive full credit for items 1 and 2 under grading procedures. All late work will be graded at a 20% reduction. If you have any questions about the course materials or if you need extra help, you are encouraged to visit your instructor during regular office hours or by appointment for times not listed above. Missing more than 3 days of scheduled class will result in a grade reduction unless absences are approved by the professor. 

University Policies and Procedures:

Services for Students with Disabilities: Students with medical, psychological or learning limitations or disabilities who desire academic adjustments or accommodations, must contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 626-6413.  SSD can also arrange to provide course materials (including this syllabus) in alternative formats if necessary.

Academic Honesty: Any form of cheating or plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the assignment (or the course in severe cases).For Weber State University's policy on cheating, please consult the WSU Student Code, Section IV, Part D, Paragraph 2.  Please consult the writing and presentation guide located at my web site for more information about plagiarism.

Emergency/Closure:  In the case of an emergency closure because of weather, natural disasters or flu alerts, students will be notified by email with instructions for how the class will be conducted and how assignments may be completed.  Please make sure that your preferred email address is listed with the university class listing. That is the address I will use for all contact.  To contact me, please use my weber email address listed above.

French 1020 Benchmarks:

  • The entry proficiency is presumed to be Novice Mid.
  • The ending proficiency expectation is Novice High.


French 1020 completes chapters 4, 5 and 6 in: Valdman, et al. (2010).Chez nous (4th Ed).  UpperSaddle River: Prentice Hall. 
MyFrenchLab workbook to accompany Chez nous.

At the university, French 1020 meets for approximately 42 hours. Each student is expected to have his or her own book and to complete online workbook assignments, generally outside of class.  This implies a homework requirement of 1 or 2 hours for every hour spent in class.  The total hour requirement for French 1020 is 85 to 120 hours.



At the end of FRCH 1020 students should be able to

  • Recognize and understand commonly used words, phrases and expressions.
  • Use visual and contextual clues to assist in comprehension.
  • Sometimes recognize previously learned material when presented in a new context.


Successful students will be able to:

  • Meet limited basic practical writing needs using lists, short messages, postcards, short letters, simple notes--relying mainly on practiced material.
  • Recombine and recycle learned vocabulary and structures to create simple non-formulaic sentences on very familiar topics, but may only partially communicate what is intended due to errors in grammar, word choice, punctuation, and spelling.

TOPICS (may include, but not limited to the following topics)

  • All of the topics from FRCH 1010, plus
  • Food: breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Eating out:  at a restaurant, café or fast food
  • Shopping:  types of stores, small and large
  • Life in the city:  where people live, neighborhoods
  • Life in the country:  nature, geography
  • Personal relationships:  family and friends
  • Grand events: Religious and official holidays
  • Expressing feelings and emotions
  • Weather and seasons
  • Activities:  seasonal activities and sports, vacations, social gatherings 


  • Brochures/Advertisements
  • Maps
  • Simple rhymes and poems
  • Notes and messages
  • Instructions and directions
  • Simple descriptions
  • Brief and familiar or simple narratives


  • All of the functions of FRCH 1010, plus
  • Read and understand simple advertising
  • Expressing likes and dislikes
  • Begin talking about the past in personal situations, describing how things were or used to be, relating simple experiences in the past
  • Asking simple questions
  • Making comparisons
  • Commands
  • Understanding some simple idiomatic expressions