Modern Languages Department

FRE 201 002: Intermediate French II


3 credit hours

Fall 2012

MWF: 12:40 - 1:30 PM

Main G – 10



Marie Ponterio

Telephone: 4914   

Office: Main 225C

Office hrs in Main G-10: MWF 11:10– 11:30 PM

 MWF 12:20– 12:40 PM

 MWF 1:30 - 1:50 PM

 in Main 225C: WF 9:00 – 10:00 AM

 + by appt.



            A votre tour!  Valette & Valette, 2nd ed.

            A votre tour!  Workbook/Laboratory Manual, 2nd ed.



                        Tests                                        40%

                        Workbook + Homework         20%

                        Daily Participation                  10%

                        Skits                                        5%

                        Final Exam                              25%

The university’s scale of 0 ‑100 will be used as follows:   A+   97 ‑ 100

                                                                                             A     93 ‑ 96

                                                                                             A‑    90 ‑ 92

                                                                                             B+   87 ‑ 89

                                                                                             B      83 - 86
                                                                                             B-    80 - 82

                                                                                             C+   77 - 79

                                                                                             C     73 - 76

                                                                                             C-    70 - 72

                                                                                             D+   67 - 69

                                                                                             D     63 - 66

                                                                                             D-    60 - 62

                                                                                             E      0 - 59.99

Do not send me emails at the end of the semester to ask me to change your grade unless you are absolutely certain I have made a clerical error!  Extra credit will not be given and late HW will also not be accepted. 

An incomplete can only be given for serious medical problems or a family emergency and the Dean’s office must be notified before a final grade is given.  Incompletes cannot be given after you have failed a class.



FRE 201 and the Conceptual Framework:

This course, as is the case of all our offerings in the MODERN LANG. DEPT. Department, is rooted in the ideals of liberal learning.  The underlying ideal of all our classes, whether they be literature, culture, or language-based, is that all three of these elements are interwoven.  The specific knowledge and perspectives that will be acquired in this class reflect SUNY Cortland's commitment to instilling in our students an acumen for themes and issues pertaining to Global Understanding (knowledge of the interconnectedness of the natural and human experience through exposure to the political, social, economic and religious differences of the target language's literature and civilization) and Social Justice (comparison and contrast of issues of social justice, equality, and democracy between our society and those of the target language).


French 201 is a course designed for students who have previously taken French 102 or 3 (or more) years in high school and haven’t studied French for one year or more.  We will review what you have already studied and further develop your ability to speak, read and write in French by using the language to communicate with each other.  For example, we will do skits, group activities, simulations, etc. in a warm, friendly atmosphere.  Since in using this approach to learning French we will be speaking about yourselves and the French speaking world, we hope you will find the course challenging, stimulating and fun.


Learning a language is psychologically different from learning most other things.  Just as you speak English without really thinking about it, you need to learn to use French without having to think through all of the grammar rules.  To do this, it is important to:

1:   concentrate on meaning (You will not remember what you don't understand.  This will help grammar as much as vocabulary.)

2:   avoid translation (Don't think in English while you're trying to speak or write in French.)

3:   practice a lot (Listening, reading, speaking with others about anything, or even talking to yourself will help.)

It will be essential that you PREPARE grammar lessons at home before coming to class so that we will be able to spend more class time straightening out any problems and especially doing more interesting activities using what you have learned. .  Learning a foreign language is very much like playing a game.  You must learn the rules before you can play.  French is also like a puzzle (pieces must fit together) and a building block game.  When you know the present, you can easily learn the imperative or the subjunctive.  The imparfait and the future will help you learn the conditional etc.



Taking a French Language course involves "experiencing" a certain amount of discussion and learning in the classroom.  For this reason attendance at class meetings and full participation are essential.  Students simply cannot miss a week or so of French classes and then "make it up" on their own.  Therefore, if you have more than 3 unexcused absences by the end of the semester your participation grade will be lowered by 5/100 for each additional absence.  Only serious illnesses and problems at home, religious holidays and sports competitions are considered excused absences.  A doctor's note will be required. It is to your advantage to inform me before any class which you must miss.  Contact MODERN LANG. DEPT. or my office.  Work missed whether from an excused or unexcused absence must still be completed, and it is the student's responsibility to see that this is done quickly.  CELL PHONES MUST BE TURNED OFF!!!


Lab work is required. The multimedia language lab is located in OM 223.  The audio program is accessible online through elearning. 

You will also be asked to look at Web sites.  Specific HW and lab assignments will be given.  See me if you need assistance.


All major tests will be announced.  ABSENCE FROM TESTS WILL BE EXCUSED ONLY IN THE PRESENCE OF WRITTEN PROOF OF A VALID REASON FOR YOUR ABSENCE.  UNEXCUSED ABSENCE CAN RESULT IN FAILURE IN THE COURSE. Notify me ahead of time when you know you must miss a test and make appropriate arrangements. The final exam will be cumulative, so learn to take good notes as you study before coming to class and in class.  It will not only be very beneficial but will make your life much easier at the end of the semester!



Homework and Compositions:

Due dates for course assignments will be announced in class with the assignment.  You are RESPONSIBLE for EVERYTHING done in class or assigned as homework.  If you miss anything for whatever reason, it is your responsibility to find out what it is and to make it up.  You should expect to do ALL assignments on time in order to profit from your work. Questions related to HW will be on tests.  Late homework might not be accepted for grading and failure to complete a major assignment might result in a failure in the course.  Assignments that are late, incomplete or poorly prepared will be graded accordingly.



Because a very important course goal in French 201 is the development of speaking and listening skills, a large part of your grade will be based on your achievement in these areas.  Oral participation in class will serve as the basis for evaluation of these goals, as well as listening sections on tests.  You should practice in the laboratory, the classroom and in pairs outside of class.  Take an active role in interviews and other small‑group conversational activities.  If you work on these goals regularly, you should find that your listening and speaking proficiency develops fairly rapidly and you will be able to use the French you have learned in "real‑world" situations outside the classroom.


If you are a student with a disability and wish to request accommodations, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services located in B-40 Van Hoesen Hall or call (607) 753 - 2066 for an appointment.  Information regarding your disability will be treated in a confidential manner.  Because many accommodations require early planning, requests for accommodations should be made as early as possible.




27 août            Introduction. 

29                    Reprise A, Rappel 1 - 2, pp. 4-7 & Appendix A: p. R2 - R3 & R7

                        xerox: dessins humoristiques

31                    Appendix A: p. R6 & R10 - R11, Rappel 3, p 8 - 11 & pp. 20 – 21


3 sept              fête du travail

5                      UNIT 1: pp. 33 - 41 & Appendix A: R12 - R13

7                      pp. 42 - 48 & bring WB pp. 3-10 (corrected with a different color pen)


10                    pp. 52 – 55

12                    pp. 56 - 59 & HW: Avez-vous compris? #1 + 2 p. 59         

14                    pp. 60 - 63 + vocab p. 90 (Be prepared to do a small group presentation in class)


17                    pp. 64 - 67 & p. 69 (Be prepared to do a small group presentation in class)

19                    Test: Unit 1+ preliminary chapter & bring corrected WB Unit 1 (Skip A1 p.  25 

                        +  pp. 27- 28 & audio program on p. 115)

21                    UNIT 2: pp. 73 – 77


24                    pp. 78 - 81

26                    pp. 84 - 89

28                    pp. 90 - 96 & HW: Avez-vous compris? # 1 + 3 p. 96 Use your own words.


1er oct.            pp. 98 - 101 (Be sure to know everything, we’ll play a guessing game!)

3                      pp. 104 - 107 (cont.’ of guessing game) & HW on the Web La Civilisation

                        française: read and list 4 events not mentioned in your book from the

                        corresponding sections (until photo of the castle of Chambord) on my

                       Web page (answer page): l'Histoire @     

                        Use your own words.

5                      skits: comp. II vous jouez le rôle de personnages historiques/vous imaginez une version moderne de Cendrillon / Blanche Neige.  (2 pages & use the

subjunctive and vocab from ch. 2.  Use your sense of humor, costumes, castles pictures from my web site and props!) 



8                      Test: Unit 2 & bring corrected WB unit 2 (Skip pratique dire, etc. on p. 30 (top

                        section only) but write a sentence with vous + dire, nous +  lire, je + écrire &

                         ils+ écrire. On p. 34, section C 4: write a sentence with each expression and a

                        variety of subjects instead & skip pp. 35-36.)

10                    UNIT 3: pp. 109 - 113+ chanson de Zazie:  Je suis un homme

12                    Bonnes vacances!       


15                    pp. 114 - 115 & Appendix A: p. R4 + p. 50 (reflexive verbs in p c.)

17                    pp. 116 - 117 & p. R5

19                    pp. 118 + 124 – 126


22                    pp. 128 - 131

24                    grammar: imp vs. p.c. (cont’) & HW: Et vous? p. 121 & write a short description
                        of the weather in 4 regions of France (le nord, le sud, l'est et l'ouest) using this

                        Web site: (you can also find it at the end

                        of  Les Vacances in my French Civ site.)   Use a variety of expressions from ch 3

                        + include temperatures.

26                     pp. 140 - 141 & p. 147 (Be sure to know everything, we’ll play a guessing game in class!) 


29                    Film: Cyrano de Bergerac  pp. 142 - 145 (You must see the movie before class) &            HW: Comment Roxanne a-t-elle découvert le nom du véritable auteur de ses

                        lettres d’amour? (use p.c. and/or imp.)

31                    Skits: comp. III: crime sur le campus. Qui est le coupable? Play the role of the “inspecteur Maigret” who interviews the witnesses (les témoins) to discover “lecriminel”. (2 pages & use the imparfait & the passé compose + vocab.  pp. 36-37. Use your sense of humor and props!)

2 nov.              Test: Unit 3 & bring corrected WB 3 (Skip pp. 45-46)


5                      UNIT 4: pp. 149 - 153

7                      pp. 156 - 158

9                      pp. 22 - 25 & pp. R8 - R9 & pp. 160 – 162


12                    p. 164  + HW on the Web: read and give 3 facts not mentioned in your book

                       about shopping habits from the section on my Web  page (answer page): la

                       Cuisine @

                       Then go the page les Vacances and do section A Vous! (3 pictures of street/store

                        signs,  not the videos).  Use your own words.

14                    pp. 176 - 183 (Be sure to know everything, we’ll play a guessing game in class!)

                        & HW on the Web: read and list 3 facts not mentioned in your book from the

                        section on French music only on my Web page (answer page below 2 pictures of

                        concert  in La Rochelle): La Vie culturelle


Then click on one of the links at the end to listen to a song OR find one of the   

 French singers on your list on YOUTUBE.

 Who is the singer?  Give the title of the song and the style of the song.  Did you like it?  Why or why not?    Use your own words.

16                    pp. 184 - 185 (& cont.’ of guessing game)


19                    Test: Unit 4 + review Passé composé + p. 22-25 & bring corrected WB 4 (do p. 48

                        using “vous” not “tu”,  do # 2 p. 52 with textbook open p. 164. Skip pp. 53 - 54

                        but do p. 56 + skip audio program.)

21 - 25             Bonnes vacances!


26                    UNIT 5: pp. 187 - 189 & pp. R14 - R15 & HW: Etes-vous d’accord avec Léa,

                        Mehdi et Sonia? Pourquoi?  Pourquoi pas ?

28                    pp. 190 - 191 & pp. 194 - 198

30                    p. 201 + p. 204 (future)



3 déc.              pp. 216 - 221 (Be sure to know everything, we’ll play a guessing game in class!) &

                        HW on the Web: Choose 3 very different places and list 3 things/activities you
                        would do in each place in France (use the future of at least 7 or 8 different

                        verbs) from my Web page: Voyage virtuel

                        @   Use your own words.

5                      pp. 224 - 225


7                      HW on the Web: read and list 4 facts about Christmas in France you found

                        interesting from the section on Christmas on my Web page (answer page): 

                        les Fêtes et les traditions @   Use your own

                         words.  & bring WB 5 (Skip pp. 57-58, p. 63 & 64 + audio program)

                        + en classe: chants de noël & evaluation




Please read at home this excerpt from chapter 340 of the College Handbook on the SUNY Cortland website under Student Life               


A violation of academic integrity as an instance of academic dishonesty can occur in many ways. At SUNY Cortland, instances of academic dishonesty are:

1. Plagiarism

Students are expected to submit and present work that is their own with proper documentation and acknowledgment when the work of others is consulted and used. Plagiarism can be intentional by deliberately presenting the work of others as one's own, or inadvertent by accidentally omitting or erroneously citing sources. Examples of plagiarism that can occur in research papers, lab reports, written reports, oral presentations as well as other assignments are:

A. Failure to use quotation marks: sources quoted directly must be shown with quotation marks in the body of the project and with the appropriate citation in the references, notes or footnotes

B. Undocumented paraphrasing: sources "put into one's own words" must have the source cited properly in the body of the project and in references, notes or footnotes

C. Creating false documentation: purposefully presenting wrong information in references or citations or manufacturing false information used in references, notes and footnotes

2. Cheating on examinations

A. Looking and/or copying from another student's paper during an examination or in-class assignment

B. Allowing another student to look or copy from one's work during an examination or in-class assignment

C. Possessing crib sheets, answer sheets and other information during an examination or in-class assignment not authorized by the instructor

D. Writing an answer to an in-class examination or assignment and submitting it as written in class

E. Taking an examination for another student

F. Allowing or arranging for a second party to take an examination or other in-class assignment

G. Allowing one's own work to be copied and submitted by another student

H. Altering or falsifying examination or assignment results after they have been evaluated by the instructor and returned

3. Other infractions

A. Possessing papers, assignments, examinations, reports, lab reports or other assignments that have not formally been released by the instructor

B. Purchasing a paper or assignment from an online source, paper mill, another student, or other source and submitting it, wholly or in part, as one's own work

C. Possessing another student's work without permission

D. Writing or creating a research paper, written report, lab report or other work for another student

E. Submitting the same work for two different classes without the approval by both faculty members teaching both classes

F. Falsifying College documents

G. Presenting false documents or forged documents

H. Destroying, vandalizing, altering and/or removing library materials without authorization

I. Falsifying data  & J. Altering or falsifying another student's data, laboratory work, research, assignments or written materials