Modern Languages Department

FRE 202 001& 002: Intermediate French II


3 credit hours                                                  Marie Ponterio                                                             

Fall 2012                                                          Telephone: 4914  

MWF: 10:20 - 11:10 PM                                 Office: Main 225C

            11:30 - 12:20 PM                                 Office hrs in Main G-10: MWF 11:10– 11:30 PM

Main G - 10                                                                                               MWF 12:20– 12:40 PM
                                                                                                                   MWF 1:30 - 1:50 PM    

                                                                                             in Main 225C: WF 9:00 – 10:00 AM

email:                                                                          + by appt.

Textbooks:     A votre tour!  Valette & Valette

                        A votre tour!  Workbook/Laboratory Manual



                        Tests                                        40%

                   Compositions                          7%

                   Workbook + Homework       13%

                   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

At the end of the semester, do not send me emails 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.

Cell phones must be off in class.  Texting or answering your phone is not aceptable.  You will get a D for participation if you do.

FRE 202 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 202 is the continuation of work begun in FRE 201.  It is a course designed for students who have previously taken French 201 or 4 (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/write in English while you're trying to speak or write in French.)

      3:   practice a lot  (Listening to music, watching French movies, 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 missContact 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. 

Lab work is required. The multimedia language lab is located in OM 223.  You will need to spend one hour a week at your convenience.  The audio program is accessible online through elearning.



You will also have to look at Web sites.  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!

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.


Homework and Compositions:

Due dates for course assignments are on the syllabus 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 202 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 do the audio program,  practice in 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.  


27 août.           Introduction. 

29                    révision: appendix R2 - R23 (except: conditionnel passé, plus-que-parfait, subjonctif passé, participe présent, infinitif passé and passé simple) + HW: Begin completing review sheet with the présent, imparfait & passé composé.

31                    révision: continuation


3 sept.              fête du travail

5                      ch 10: pp. 386 – 387 + pp. 383 - 384 + xerox : le bac  et l’organisation des écoles et des universités

7                      Xerox sur les universités (cont’) + continue review on verb sheet


10                    ch 10 pp. 392 - 397 (une entrevue & vocab: travail)

12                    ch 10 vocab: travail et une entrevue (cont’) & HW: find a Web site in French on a university (not a “Grande Ecole”) in France. Write a short paragraph in French to summarize the information given in this Web site: include: location, examples of fields of studies/courses, various diplomas, (may be under "Formations") tuition if any (= les frais de scolarité).  Be sure to add articles(le/la/les) to lists and include the URL (the http address). Use your own words. You may want to use the links at the end of Les Ecoles @  


14                    Xerox: L'Fun & ch 10 pp. 410 – 414 + watch video in MODERN LANG. DEPT. lab before class: Cavelier de la Salle + HW: Sur quels bateaux, Cavelier de la Salle est-il venu pour cette seconde expédition?  De quel port est-il parti?  Quels problèmes a-t-il eus?  Où est-il allé finalement et pourquoi?    Comment est-il mort? (Tip : recycle vocab. from these questions)


17                    ch 10 pp. 416 - 418 & 420 + in class video on line: cowboys Cajuns & COMP I: write a dialogue: The year is 2015, you are going for a job interview in France to work for a multinational company or an airline (2 pages, handwritten + double spaced & be sure to use relevant vocab from pp. 385- 388 and be logical.)

19                    TEST I: ch. 10 + Web

21                    ch  6 pp. 227 - 231 (situations à l’hôtel)

24                    ch 6 pp. 234 (le comparatif)

26                    ch 6 pp 236- 240 (vocab & le superlatif) & COMP II: find a hotel in France on a Web site, read its pages in French & write a paragraph to describe it. Use your own words.  Be sure to include the number of stars, the prices, and a description of its facilities etc + add articles (le/la/les) to lists.  THEN pretend to make reservations as if you were about to travel and stay there: write a letter to the hotel with all the necessary information such as your name, dates etc. End letter with this closing sentence "Veuillez recevoir, Monsieur, Madame, l'expression de mes sincères remerciements." OR write a dialogue of your phone conversation.  Include the URL. You may want to use the links at the end of Les Vacances @  (2 pages, handwritten + double spaced)

28                    ch 6 p. 242 (lequel) + révision: xerox - adjectifs possessifs &  ch 6 p. 244 (pronoms possessifs)


1er oct.            Pronoms possessifs (suite) + ch 6: Histoire pp. 252 - 255 & Web sur la Civilisation française: L’Histoire (les derniers paragraphes après (after) les 2 photos de la statue de Napoléon Ier et de son tombeau dans la page des réponses)   & HW: Quels événements (events) historiques importants au XIX et au XXè siècles sont mentionnés sur ma page Web qui ne sont pas dans votre livre? (at least 4, including 1 on Napoléon Ier and 1 on De Gaulle – their legacy?Use your own words.

3                      ch 6 pp. 256 - 259 (poème: Liberté & film: Au Revoir les enfants - A VOIR AVANT

                                LA CLASSE - in Library + in lab) HW: Résumez (summarize) une scène du film qui n’est pas mentionnée dans le livre +  quelles scènes montrent que Jean est juif?

5                      TEST II: ch. 6 + Web & bring corrected HW on Xerox (partie 1 + 2) + corrected WB 6 (with a different color pen) Skip p. 66 + 68


8                     ch 7 pp. 261 - 262 (la santé) + watch YouTube: French health care CBS: "Best"
                      health Care?
(link is at the end of my Web page: La Sécurité sociale in section Pour en
                       savoir plus.)


10                    ch 7 pp. 264 - 266 (visite médicale) + p. R 12 & my Web page: La Sécurité sociale (1er paragraphe dans la page des réponses)    



12                    Bonnes vacances!

15                    ch 7 pp. 270 - 271 (emploi du subj. & croire et craindre) Review: R 19-21 & 23-31 + in class: Xerox: chanson de J. J. Goldman, Je commence demain + dessins humoristiques                     

17                    ch 7 pp. 276 - 279 + vocab accident et dentiste

19                    ch 7 pp. 272 - 275 (emploi du subj.) + ch 10 p. 398 (subj.) + Xerox: chanson de Céline Dion, Pour que tu m'aimes encore. + complete review sheet with the present subjunctive (Use different colors to highlight similarities between endings or stems.) & HW: At the end of my Web page:La Sécurité sociale,  do activity and complete all dialogues in section A vous! (Suite) below picture of the boy with the broken leg. (No print button, go under file + print ) Do not copy the answers! Use your own words & Correct with a different color pen


22                    ch 7 pp. 282- 290 & HW: Avez-vous compris? p. 287 # 2 et 3 & p. 290 # 1 et 2 Use your own words.

24                    ch 7 pp. 292 -  293 & my Web page: L’Europe (la page des réponses) HW:

                        Y-a-t-il de nouveaux aspects de l’Europe qui se sont produits depuis (since) la publication de  votre livre?  (nombre de pays, buts (=goals), attitude des gens etc.) Quel est le nom de la nouvelle monnaie européenne? @ Use your own words

26                    ch 7 pp. 295 - 300


29                                TEST III: ch. 7 + Web & bring corrected HW on Xerox (partie 1) + corrected WB 7 (with a different color pen) Skip p. 71. + p. 74 + p. 76 - 78 but do WB pp. 103 – 104

31                                ch 8 pp. 303  (les villes)

2 nov.              ch 8 pp. 306 - 311 (le plus-que-parfait et les villes) & read my Web page,

                        L'Habitat (la page des réponses): HW: Comment l'architecture et le style des maisons françaises sont-ils différents des maisons américaines(Give 3 or 4 facts you found interesting.  Useful vocab:  pierres (stones), parpaings (cinder blocks), tuiles (roof tiles), toit (roof), ardoises (slate), volets (shutters).)

                        Then click on the link Demeures de France in the section “Pour en savoir plus” and pretend you want to buy/rent a house in France. Quickly describe your favorite house. Include location, # of rooms, price etc   Use your own words.  + (optional reading: L'Habitat intérieur)


5                      ch 8 pp. 312 - 315 (le cond. & vocab) + xerox: Pour rire  & COMP III: Click on Voyage virtuel on the Web: Imagine your parents are giving you a trip to France for your graduation.  You visit a few places in the north, south, east and west of France. Then you write a letter to a friend (not a list!!!) to explain what you saw and did in the two regions you found the most interesting.  Don’t forget to describe the monuments and to take pictures! (You may want to include pictures.) Which local specialties did you taste? Did you stay in a nice hotel with a view of a monument?  Have fun, bon appétit and bon voyage!  and use other links at the end of my pages.  Review imp vs p.c. + REMEMBER: à+ville - au+masc. country/ dans le + masc. region/province - en+fem. country/province) (2 pages, handwritten + double spaced.  Begin letter with Cher(e) X,  and end letter with Amitiés/Bises)


7                      ch 8 p. 316 - 319 + complete review sheet with the future & conditional (Use different colors to highlight similarities between endings or stems).


9                      ch 8 pp. 334, 336, 338, 340 – 341


12                    ch  8 pp. 342 - 343 film: La Rue Cases-Nègres (A VOIR AVANT LA CLASSE

                        in library) HW: Décrivez une scène du film qui n’est pas mentionnée dans le livre.


14                    SKITS: Using the information from Le Voyage virtuel on the Web, write a skit about (a) tourist(s) in a specific region. Use your imagination and be funny (ie: ask for directions using landmarks and vocab from chapter - tourists could get lost in several places / ask for information in a tourist office and misunderstand everything etc.) Remember to use the conditional for more polite requests. Each group will be assigned a region. GIVE SCRIPT (2 pages) & and make a tourist brochure to pass around in class.


16                    TEST IV: ch 8 + Web & bring corrected WB 8Skip p. 79 + pp. 85 – 88


19                    ch 9 pp. 345 – 351

21-25               Bonnes vacances!

26                    ch 9 pp. 352 - 354 (les verbes réfléchis & les pronoms relatifs) + & xerox: Chanson Les Uns contre les autres.

28                    ch 9 pp. 355 – 357 & ch  9 pp. 362 - 364 (les pronoms relatifs) + xerox: chansons

          d'Edith Piaf, La Vie en rose et de Céline Dion, Quelqu'un que j'aime

30                    ch 9 pp. 358 - 361 (le mariage & vocab) & bandes dessinées

3 déc.              ch 9 pp. 372 - 379 + xerox: poème: A mon mari & bring corrected HW on xerox

5                      SKITS: Two or three friends meet and talk about their sentimental life. Use vocab from ch 9, your imagination, and be funny (ie: a commercial for a product that can solve someone's problem with men/women OR one friend could give very bad advice to help his/her friend solve his/her (marital) problem etc.) GIVE SCRIPT. (2 pages - double spaced)


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: les Fêtes et les traditions @   Use your own words & en classe: chants de noël & evaluation


FINAL EXAM:  Combined exam: TBA


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