French 1010 First Year First Semester Syllabus

Dr. Cheryl M. Hansen

Professor of French

430 Elizabeth Hall

Course Schedule Fall Semester 2017

MWF  9:30-10:20 AM—First Year French1010 First Semester
MWF 10:30-11:20 AM—French 3060 Grammar & Composition

MWF 11:30-12:20 PM—First Year French 1010 First Semester
TR 10:30-11:45—French 3550 Cultural Heritage I                                                         

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

La Rochelle, France ©2014—photo by Cheryl Marie Hansen

Grading:  Students will be graded on: (1) class participation, including speaking, writing, listening and reading activities which will be monitored—15%, (2) careful preparation of materials and completion of homework and online workbook assignments. I will check them during the semester—15%, (3) four chapter exams—40%, (4) midterm assessment—10%, (5) final exam—20%. The final exam will include speaking (interview), writing, listening and reading activities.  You must complete all parts of the final exam and the midterm assessment in order to get a passing grade for the class.  Course schedule is posted in Canvas.

Course Objectives: Students will discover the French language and become proficient in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.  Students will also have the opportunity to practice the language in a range of contexts likely to be encountered in the French 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 read some francophone literature in French.  The benchmarks for French 1010 are listed below.

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. 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 automatically result in a grade reduction unless arranged with teacher in advance. 

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.

Emergency/Closure:  In the case of an emergency closure because of weather, natural disasters or flu alerts, students will be notified by email or in Canvas 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.

French 1010 Benchmarks:

  • The entry proficiency is presumed to be Novice Low or Novice Mid.
  • The ending proficiency expectation is Novice Mid.
TEXT: French 1010 uses chapters préliminaire through 3 in:  Valdman, et al. (2014), Chez nous 4th Edition Media Enhanced

MyFrenchLab online workbook to accompany Chez nous.

Students are required to have their own copies of all materials. Copies of text will not be available.

At the university, French 1010 meets for approximately 45 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 1010 is 90 to 135 hours.


At the end of French 1010 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:

  • Copy or transcribe familiar words or phrases, and reproduce a modest number of isolated words and phrases in context.
  • Supply limited information on simple forms and documents, and other biographical information, such as names, numbers, and nationality.
  • Exhibit accuracy when writing on well-practiced, familiar topics using limited formulaic language, but they will exhibit a marked decrease in accuracy with less familiar topics.  Errors in spelling or in representation of symbols may be frequent.


  • Greetings
  • School:  the classroom, subjects studied, times, places, classroom commands, numbers, etc.
  • Family: ages, descriptions (physical and personality), and relationships
  • Dates:  holidays and birthdays
  • Weekly routine and schedule
  • Friends:  descriptions (physical and personality), age, etc
  • Leisure activities and sports
  • Studies and professions:  programs of study, types of professions and work
  • Daily routine:  telling time,  24 hour system
  • Clothing and colors
  • Signs and headlines
  • Lists of words and phrases
  • Schedules
  • Simple notes and messages
  • Instructions and directions
  • Simple descriptions


  • Greetings
  • Understanding and using numbers
  • Telling time and using a calendar
  • Describing people and things
  • Telling where things are
  • Telling when you do things
  • Making simple comparisons
  • Speaking in the present
  • Understanding and using simple commands