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Introduction to French Studies -- Pascal Michelucci -- FRE 180Y
Teaching and testing programme

Class hours | Office hours | Required textbooks | Recommended texts | Programme | Description |
Prerequisites | Exclusions | Marking scheme | Very important remarks | Computer use |
Course objectives | Dates importantes |

Class hours :
  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 in advance.

Office Hours  (Room 251) :

Required textbooks :

  1. Jacqueline Ollivier, Grammaire française, 2nd edition, Montréal, Éditions Études vivantes, 1993, 513p. [$ 54.00]
  2. Hélène Poulin-Mignault (Ed.), Grammaire française plus -- Cahier pratique, 2nd edition, Montréal, Éditions Études Vivantes, 1993, 296p. [$ 41.00]
  3. Pascal Michelucci, FRE 180Y. Readings, 1999-2000 edition [$ 12.00, will be sold by instructor].
  4. Le micro Robert, Paris, Dictionnaires Le Robert. [$ 18.00 softcover]
  5. The Collins-Robert French Dictionary -- French-English English-French Dictionary, Paris-Toronto, Collins & Dictionnaires Le Robert. [$ 57.00]
  6. 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 :

  1. Instead of Le Micro Robert, either Le Robert méthodique or Le Petit Robert 1, Paris, Dictionnaires Le Robert.
  2. Nicole Masson, Panorama de la littérature française. Les courants, les auteurs, les oeuvres, du Moyen Age au XXe siècle, Alleur, Marabout, 1990, 542p.
  3. -----, Le Nouveau Bescherelle - 1. L'art de conjuguer - Dictionnaire de 12.000 verbes, Québec, Hurtubise H.M.H. Ltée., 1980. [strongly recommended].
  4. -----, Bescherelle - 3. La grammaire pour tous, Québec, Hurtubise H.M.H. Ltée., 1991.
  5. Marie-Eva Villers, La grammaire en tableaux, Montréal, Québec-Amérique, 1994.
  6. Coles Editorial Board, French Grammar Simplified, New York, Coles, 1981.

Programme :
  Required in all Minor, Major or Specialist programmes.

Description :
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 strongly recommended.

Prerequisites :
FRE 121Y / FSL 121Y / O.A.C. French / Grade XIII French or Placement by the Department.

Exclusions :
FRE 150H / FRE 150Y / FRE 161Y / FRE 171Y / FSL 182H /FSL 181Y.
Open to francophones and French Immersion graduates with permission of the Department.

Marking scheme :

  1. Final 3-hour university examination ..................... 33.33%
  2. Term Mark ............................................................ 66.67%
    Term mark divided as follows :
    1. Ten in-class tests (best one of two for each of the ten units) ........ 40%
    2. Four written assignments .............................................................. 32%
    3. Six (best six of seven) written pieces ............................................ 18%
    4. Overall assessment (Verbal participation, progress and effort)...... 10%
           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) ...................................................100%

Very important remarks :

  1.   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 of Toronto.

  2.   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 : Academic Handbook).

  3.   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.

  4.   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.

  5.   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).

  6.   No marks or dates can be communicated over the phone.

  7.   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).

  8.   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 on plagiarism.

  9.   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).

  10. The dictionaries listed above are required textbooks. They are also required or recommended in most other courses of the French Department of Erindale.

  11. 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 University.
  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 :

Course objectives :

  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 septembre
  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 décembre
  Test en classe n° 5 bis : jeudi 9 décembre
  Test en classe n° 6 : jeudi 13 janvier
  Test en classe n° 6 bis : jeudi 20 janvier
  Test en classe n° 7 : jeudi 3 février
  Test en classe n° 7 bis : jeudi 10 février
  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 avril

©Pascal Michelucci
Créé le 28 juillet 1996. Mis à jour le 1 septembre 1999