University of Southern California
Department of French and Italian
Welcome to French 120!
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REQUIRED BOOK: Deux Mondes, 6
goal of this course
is to help you develop
listening, speaking, reading, and writing
in French in a low stress, dynamic classroom.
Lessons are conducted entirely in French in order to
immerse you in the language.
A further goal of the course is to increase your awareness of Francophone
cultures as well as your own. A typical lesson will consist of comprehensible teacher presentations (using
pictures, props, story telling, poetry, etc.), question and answer interactions, grammatical explanations, and
communicative activities, often done in pairs or small groups.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
and enjoy the progress you make everyday.
closely in the French-only classroom, but try not
to worry if you do not understand every word or if other students seem more advanced.
In a first year
classroom, there are students of all backgrounds but the curriculum allows maximum success for all
students if the
1. DAILY ATTENDANCE
: To succeed in a language classroom you must be present every day.
If you miss class, you will fall rapidly behind.
For this reason, we offer you grade credit for class
attendance and participation.
Grades for attendance are as follows: 100 (0 absences), 99 (1 absence); 97 (2
absences); 95 (3 absences.); 92 (4); 89 (5); 86 (6); 83 (7), 80 (8); 77 (9) etc.
Only serious illness
emergencies (with verification) will be excused.
Lack of attendance will also
negatively influence your
Participate with enthusiasm and speak only French.
This effort will help
you make rapid progress in the acquisition of new language skills. You grade (10% of final grade) will be
(involvement, effort, positive attitude)
as well as
: . For maximal success, study and do assignments daily.
Read book explanations
(blue pages) and class notes
workbook assignments. This
will save time and effort.
ALL HOMEWORK MUST ALSO BE TURNED IN ON TIME.
homework will be accepted for credit.
To get credit for your work, ALL
or as assigned by instructor
Although you may do (or repeat) electronic exercises at
any time (for practice and learning), no credit will be given for exercises completed after the due date.
Written exercises are also due the day after they are assigned