French 2010 Second Year French Syllabus

Dr. Cheryl M. Hansen

Professor of French

430 Elizabeth Hall


Course Schedule Fall Semester 2017:
MWF  9:30-10:20 AM—French 1010 First Year French First Semester  
MWF 10:30-11:20 AM—French 3060 Grammar & Composition

MWF 11:30-12:20 PM—French 1010 First Year French First Semester
TR 10:30-11:45 AM—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.


                Les Tournesols ©2012—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 assignments and online workbook—15%, (3) three quizzes—30%, (4) midterm assessment—10%, (5) final exam—30%. The final exam will include speaking (interview), writing and reading activities.  Course Schedule is posted in Canvas.  
Students must complete all parts of the final exam and midterm assessment in order to pass the class.

Course Objectives: Students will explore more about the French language and become more proficient in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will also have the opportunity to practice the language in a range of contexts likely to be encountered in the French culture.  The benchmarks with detailed course objectives are listed below. 

Course Functions and Communicative Skills: The skills to be emphasized in Second Year French are: a broader working knowledge of nouns, articles, adjectives, adverbs and verbs in the present, future, past, conditional and subjunctive. 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 francophone literature in French 2010, and an emphasis will be placed on developing their reading skills.

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. 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 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.

 Second Year 2010 Benchmarks

The focus in proficiency is on what the students can do rather than on what they know.

French 2010—Second Year French I (3) NOVICE HIGH ( expected starting proficiency)

Students learn and apply strategies for acquiring a foreign language.  The process for foreign acquisition reflects how humans learn, think and communicate.  This course assumes completion of first-year or equivalent experience. 

(See WSU Catalog, 2009-10, p. 147)

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

 TEXT:  French 2010 uses chapters 7 through 9 in:  Valdman, Pons, Scullen (2014) , Chez nous 4th Edition Media Enhanced.  Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall.  MyFrenchLab workbook to accompany Chez nous.

 At the university, French 2010 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 2010 is 90 to 130 hours.


At the end of French 2010 students should be able to:

  • Recognize and understand commonly used words, phrases, expressions.
  • Use Visual and contextual clues to assist 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.


Students completing French 2010 as WSU Concurrent Enrollment will be required to:

  • Enroll in French 2010 at their high school.
  • Participate actively in the course throughout the semester or year.
  • Complete at least two oral interviews, one at midterm and the other near the end of the course.
  • Provide a sample of spontaneous written work (see text types below).
  • All of the topics from French 1010 and 1020, plus
  • Travel:  by train, car or air
  • Lodging and tourist visits
  • Health and well being:  physical and moral
  • Environment:  save the planet
  • Community and Politics
  • Cinema and media
  • Internet
  • Music, Art and Theater
  • Brochures/Advertisements
  • Maps
  • Simple rhymes and poems
  • Notes and messages
  • Instructions and directions
  • Simple descriptions
  • Familiar or simple narratives
  • All of the functions of French 1010 and 1020, plus
  • Basic math and ordinal numbers
  • Read and understand simple explanations and arguments
  • Talk about the future, plans and events
  • Express what you would do or might do in certain situations
  • Begin talking about the past in personal situations, describing how things were or used to be, relating simple experiences in the past
  • Expressing feelings and attitudes
  • Expressing doubt and uncertainty
  • Giving and receiving commands
  • Making comparisons
  • Asking simple questions