Programme : buts et avertissements
Introduction to French Studies -- Pascal Michelucci
-- FRE 180Y
Teaching and testing programme
hours | Office
hours | Required
textbooks | Recommended
texts | Programme |
| Prerequisites |
scheme | Very
important remarks | Computer
objectives | Dates
Tuesdays, from 09:10 a.m. to 10:00 (Room 202).
Thursdays, from 09:10 a.m. to 11:00 (Room 202).
Classes occasionally taking place in the
Language/Computer Laboratory (Room 158) will be announced one class
Office Hours (Room 251) :
- Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00, 13:00--15:00
- Thursdays, 14:00-15:00
- By appointment on Fridays (1st term), then on Mondays (2nd
- email : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel. (905) 828-3774. If I am unavailable by phone, a message
can be left on my answering machine.
The French Department Secretary, Ms. Cabral, can
be contacted for information at (905) 828-3726. It is also
easy to contact me through electronic mail.
Required textbooks :
- Jacqueline Ollivier, Grammaire française, 2nd
edition, Montréal, Éditions Études vivantes,
1993, 513p. [$ 54.00]
- Hélène Poulin-Mignault (Ed.), Grammaire
française plus -- Cahier pratique, 2nd edition,
Montréal, Éditions Études Vivantes, 1993,
296p. [$ 41.00]
- Pascal Michelucci, FRE 180Y. Readings, 1999-2000
edition [$ 12.00, will be sold by instructor].
- Le micro Robert, Paris, Dictionnaires Le Robert. [$
- The Collins-Robert French Dictionary -- French-English
English-French Dictionary, Paris-Toronto, Collins &
Dictionnaires Le Robert. [$ 57.00]
- One floppy disk will be required for you to do your work in
the lab. Rishi, our lab technician, is able to help you with the
formatting procedure and can answer your questions. You will also
require an Erindale Student identification number/code to access
computer software, and a personal e-mail address to
receive/send/store messages related to the course.
Recommended texts :
- Instead of Le Micro Robert, either Le Robert
méthodique or Le Petit Robert 1, Paris,
Dictionnaires Le Robert.
- Nicole Masson, Panorama de la littérature
française. Les courants, les auteurs, les oeuvres, du Moyen
Age au XXe siècle, Alleur, Marabout, 1990, 542p.
- -----, Le Nouveau Bescherelle - 1. L'art de conjuguer -
Dictionnaire de 12.000 verbes, Québec, Hurtubise H.M.H.
Ltée., 1980. [strongly recommended].
- -----, Bescherelle - 3. La grammaire pour tous,
Québec, Hurtubise H.M.H. Ltée., 1991.
- Marie-Eva Villers, La grammaire en tableaux,
Montréal, Québec-Amérique, 1994.
- Coles Editorial Board, French Grammar Simplified, New
York, Coles, 1981.
Required in all Minor, Major or Specialist
The objectives of this course are twofold :
1. A systematic study of grammar and composition through
a variety of exercises designed to improve accuracy and logical
structure in written French with emphasis on learning techniques such
as the use of dictionaries and reference texts, self-instruction and
error analysis. Some time will be devoted to the use of French
language software (grammar checker and multimedia presentation of
French literature). Submitted assignments will have to be worked on
with electronic resources.
2. A study of the social and cultural history of France
as a guide to the understanding of its literature. Movements such as
Humanism, Classicism, Romanticism and Existentialism will serve as a
background to the study of a small number of short texts of poetry,
drama and prose.
Lectures, reading (paper and electronic) and audio-visual
material will be in French.
Weekly and regular use of the language computer lab is
FRE 121Y / FSL 121Y / O.A.C. French / Grade XIII French or
Placement by the Department.
FRE 150H / FRE 150Y / FRE 161Y / FRE 171Y / FSL 182H /FSL
Open to francophones and French Immersion graduates with
permission of the Department.
Marking scheme :
- Final 3-hour university examination
- Term Mark
Term mark divided as follows :
- Ten in-class tests (best one of two for each of
the ten units) ........ 40%
- Four written assignments
- Six (best six of seven) written pieces
- Overall assessment (Verbal participation, progress and
Note: "Participation", as
its name indicates, is not attendance. No grade is given for
merely sitting in class. Participation is measured by the
amount of your verbal output in class. It implies that you ask
and answer questions, offer developments, volunteer information
and observations, and actively become involved in class
discussions. Your participation will be tracked and evaluated
in terms of quality and quantity.
Total (A + B)
Very important remarks :
- Students are supposed to be informed about
plagiarism and are expected to be familiar with the handout
distributed in class. You are also supposed to be familiar with
the Faculty Rules and Regulations, Code of Behaviour on
Academic Matters (see UTM Calendar) and Code of
Student Conduct, which spell out your rights, your duties and
provides all the details on grading regulations at the University
- Due dates are assigned to all term work
assignments. Extensions must be requested and granted
before the due date. Assignments handed in after deadlines
shall be penalized at the rate of 2% taken off from the initial
mark for each day of lateness. All late assignments will be
refused after ten days inclusive of hand-in date. (See :
- It is the student's responsibility to keep
informed at all times about tests, presentations, essays and
assigned work. The course website, Grimoire, contains all
the relevant and necessary information. Information provided
therein (essay topics for instance) will not be repeated in class.
You will be notified by personal e-mail of the on-line
availability of essay topics ten to fifteen days before the first
draft has to be submitted. Students are responsible for handing
their work to the instructor personally and in due time : the
Department Secretary will not accept assignments. There is no
guarantee that assignments slipped under a door will be found.
Always keep a copy of your work.
- All written assignments will be exclusively in
French. Lectures, reading and audio-visual material will be in
French. In-class discussion is expected to take place in French
also. In keeping with its calendar description, this course
does not have an oral component per se. Students who
want/need spoken practice are encouraged to take the half course
FSL 163 F/S.
- Assignments must be either typed, double-spaced or
more, or neatly written in legible handwriting, leaving
appropriate space for comments and corrections, i.e. wide
margins and many skipped lines. A cover page must be provided to
indicate clearly your name, course number, essay topic, date
submitted and/or date due, and essay number. Note that in all
cases, it is part of course requirements that you rewrite and
proofread your work using dictionaries and electronic resources.
Chances are that not completing this particular course requirement
will result in inadequate work (i.e. failure).
- No marks or dates can be communicated over the
- Following faculty policy, absence during tests or
failure to submit required assignments demand the submission of an
official University of Toronto Student Medical Certificate (the
only acceptable form is provided in your Registration
Handbook), or other evidence, in order to set up a make-up
test or assignment (See Academic Handbook).
- Due acknowledgment to another's work is expected.
Academic offenses will be dealt with : the process is much
more upsetting and time-consuming, and has a much more negative
impact on offenders' studies than completing work in a fair
manner. You are considered informed of the University's Code
of Behaviour on Academic Matters, which can be obtained
from the Office of your Registrar, and of instructor's hand-out
- Regular attendance is vital, as lessons are
explained and essential data provided during class. Attendance is
taken into account in your grade, as it is a requisite (but not a
substitute) for participation.
Overall assessment will be evaluated on the basis of
oral participation in class. You will also receive several
messages a week from the instructor, which you are expected to
read. E-mail provides a dedicated channel of communication to and
from your instructor: you should use it to ask questions and
clarifications. It is therefore vital that you obtain an e-mail
account from the computer services (free of charge).
- The dictionaries listed above are required textbooks.
They are also required or recommended in most other courses of the
French Department of Erindale.
- The regular use of the language and computer laboratory is
strongly recommended. Be aware that the language laboratory is
very well stocked in French software to remedy pronunciation and
grammatical difficulties, as well as with standard Internet
access, grammar checking software, and a multimedia presentation
of studied texts.
Computer use :
Ethical use of computer software is expected by the
Rishi, our lab technician, is available to help you with
your problems and answer your queries. Time in the
computer lab will be devoted to :
- the use of the powerful grammar- and spellchecker
Le Correcteur 101 (our staple), electronic and on-line
- the occasional use of Internet browser Netscape's
Course objectives :
- Acquire and develop the ability to use computer resources,
dictionaries and reference texts so as to eliminate most common
grammatical errors ;
- Acquire and develop the ability to understand, analyze and
eliminate all errors in :
- agreement (noun/adjective, verb/subject, noun/article...),
- conjugation and spelling,
- sentence structure (prepositions, pronouns, direct vs indirect
object, negation, interrogation...) ;
- Develop a working, active vocabulary of grammatical
terminology (complément d'objet direct/indirect,
complément circonstanciel, groupe nominal/verbal,
proposition principale/subordonnée/relative, verbe
transitif/intransitif/pronominal...) which will serve as a guide
- the understanding of most intermediate/advanced grammars of
the French language currently available on the market,
including the one used in FRE 180Y
- the analysis of written texts,
- the structuring of students' own written work ;
- Use careful, analytical and frequent reading of assigned
literary texts as a means to improve the student's own writing
skills, and to develop a stock of vocabulary and useful common
- Develop cultural awareness, as French is not a mere list of
foreign words but a reflection of the way another culture sees and
interprets the world ;
- Acquire a basic knowledge of French literature at large and of
salient aesthetic and ideological periods in French culture
(Humanism, Classicism, Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism,
Symbolism, Existentialism, Surrealism...). Become familiar with
the chronology, distinctive features and trends of a limited
selection of the most representative authors/texts of the major
periods of French cultural history.
Composition n° 1 : mardi 12 octobre 1999
Composition n° 2 : jeudi 11 novembre 1999
Composition n° 3 : jeudi 6 janvier 2000
Composition n° 4 : jeudi 21 mars 2000
Test en classe n° 1 : jeudi 23 septembre
Test en classe n° 1 bis : jeudi 30
Test en classe n° 2 : jeudi 14 octobre
Test en classe n° 2 bis : jeudi 21 octobre
Test en classe n° 3 : jeudi 28 octobre
Test en classe n° 3 bis : jeudi 4 novembre
Test en classe n° 4 : jeudi 18 novembre
Test en classe n° 4 bis : jeudi 25 novembre
Test en classe n° 5 : jeudi 2
Test en classe n° 5 bis : jeudi 9
Test en classe n° 6 : jeudi 13 janvier
Test en classe n° 6 bis : jeudi 20 janvier
Test en classe n° 7 : jeudi 3
Test en classe n° 7 bis : jeudi 10
Test en classe n° 8 : jeudi 2 mars
Test en classe n° 8 bis : jeudi 9 mars
Test en classe n° 9 : jeudi 16 mars
Test en classe n° 9 bis : jeudi 23 mars
Test en classe n° 10 : jeudi 30 mars
Test en classe n° 10 bis : jeudi 6
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