French 3060 Grammar and Composition


Dr. Cheryl M. Hansen

Professor of French

430 Elizabeth Hall


Course Schedule Fall Semester 2017:

MWF—9:30-10:20 AM First Year French First Semester 1010  

MWF—10:30-11:20 AM: French 3060 Grammar & Composition

MWF—11:30-12:20 PM: First Year French First Semester 1010                                                         

TR—10:30-11:45 AM: French 3550 Cultural Heritage I                                                                   

Office Hours: MW 1:00-2:00 PM, T 12:00-1:00 PM, R 1:30-2:00, or by appointment as needed.


            Les Fontaines de La Défense, Paris, France©2012—Photo by Cheryl Marie Hansen

Course Materials:

Required text:  Controverses
Troisème  Édition
Oukada, Bertrand, Solberg
Cengage Learning ©2016 

Grading:  Students will be graded on class participation and attendance (15%), homework and grammar activities (15%), four quizzes (20%), 7 compositions (40%), final exam (10%).  All information for compositions and presentations, and their grading and assessment rubric, is posted in the Canvas course site.


Course Description and Objectives: This course is designed for students at the intermediate or higher level of proficiency in French.  The text, Controverses, is a text that builds on autobiographical communication learned in beginning French courses, and gradually challenges students to exchange ideas on a topic, find information about it from a variety of sources and share that information with others.  As you continue your study, you will be able to discuss relevant topics and express your opinions about them both orally and in writing.  The book will serve as a guide as you continue your journey from the beginning intermediate level to more advanced French.  The reading selections are designed to improve your reading comprehension, increase your vocabulary, introduce you to a variety of writing styles and reinforce your ability to use French structure appropriately as you explore aspects of French culture. The organization of Controverses will make it easier for you to be an independent learner with activities in the book and grammar exercises.  However, you will also be part of the classroom community with directed reading, comprehension and interpretation activities.

Policies and Procedures: Students are expected to be prepared with reading and homework assigned and to participate fully in class activities.  More than three unexcused absences will result in a lower grade.  All assignments are to be handed in the day they are due or the day they are completed in class.  Late work will not be accepted.  “In-class” assignments cannot be made up unless prior arrangements are made with the professor.  There will be an early assessment of writing and speaking skills (during the second or third week of the semester) and an exit assessment.  These assessments will not be graded, but are required.  You will be given credit for them as part of attendance and class participation.
Cell phones, iPads and laptop computers may be used for classroom activities when approved by the instructor.  However, personal use, such as texting, Internet surfing, and calls are not acceptable. 

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

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.

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’s policy on cheating, please consult the WSU Student Code Section IV, Part D, Paragraph 2 of the PPM.

If you are doing a Major in French, please read information at