Modern Languages Department

FRE 320 - 001: French and Careers



3 credit hours                                           Marie Ponterio                                                                    

Fall 2012                                                   Telephone: 4914    home: 756-4813

MWF: 1:50 - 2:40 PM                             Office: Main 225C

Main Mezz B                                            email:

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

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

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

   + by appt.                                                   


French 320 is a conversation and composition course designed for students who have previously taken at least 4 years of French in high school or have earned college credit for FRE 202.  Course goals are "Development of technical language skills for effective communication in various fields, using authentic materials drawn from print and electronic media.   Role playing and written assignments providing practice in everyday situations encountered in the tourism industry, translations and interpreting, the medical profession, banking, the business world".  For example, we will do many translations of authentic documents, group activities, simulations, etc. in a warm, friendly atmosphere.  We hope you will find the course challenging, stimulating and useful to be better prepared for a wide range of careers in French.

It will be essential that you PREPARE 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.

You also need to have a very good dictionary like the Collins Robert or Oxford Hachette French English Dictionary.

French majors must keep their best paper for their portfolio.



TextbooksInterfaces, Blackbourn & Marin, Wiley, 97



              Tests                                      30%

              HW + devoirs                        25%

              Daily Participation                 15%

              Simulations + sketch              10%
              Final exam                               20%             


A scale of 0-100 will be used as follow:  A+  97 - 100

                                                                  A    93 - 96

                                                                  A-   90 - 92

                                                                  B+  87 - 89

                                                                  B    83 - 86 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 is 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 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.



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.



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.  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 320 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.  You should 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.


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.





FRE 320 and the Conceptual Framework:


This course, as is the case of all our offerings in the Modern Languages 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).


Le 27 août       Introduction

    29               Dossier 1: Banque pp. 2- 17 + 20 - 24 + xerox: comptes d'épargne + Visa + M &

                       T Bank & Activités: C, G, H, I, J, L, N, Q


 31               Dossier 2: pp. 27 – 28 +  pp. 63 - 67 & Activités: C,E & Dossier 4: Ordinateur

  pp.75  + 78 - 79  pp. 84 - 87 + vocab p. 90 + pp. 103 - 105

  + en classe Dilbert: les techno débiles + Interprète des cœurs + xerox : apprendre 
  à traduire & Activités à donner: C, E 4,  K, L



     3sept.           Fête du travail


5                 Dossier 6: Internet  pp. 107 - 109 + pp. 117-118 & pp. 124 - 127 & xerox: 

 Dilbert:" Cyberfans" & Activités: B, O, P, R, X, AA     


7                 Simulations & récapitulations p. 133 - 134  & DEVOIRS A RENDRE: Surfez
sur le Web et lire 3 sites : 1 sur une banque (ex : BNP, Crédit Lyonnais, Crédit
Agricole), 1 sur une entreprise internet (Neuf, Orange) et 1 sur la poste. Résumez-
 les en français.


     10               Examen I : dossiers 1, 2,4, vocab dans 5, et dossier 6 


     12               pp 132 & Dossier 7: Emploi pp. 138- 148 + 156 - 157 & Activités: A, B, F, G,
 H, J, K, N, O
& xerox: vocab débuts de lettres à lire


     14               Dossier 8: pp. 160 - 161 + 163 - 164 & dossier 10: Entreprise pp. 202

- 213 +  219 - 221 + lire la page des réponses dans la Vie économique  @ & Activités dans dossier 10:  D, H, J 5





 17             Lecture dans dossier 12: mondialisation pp. 253 - 258 & Activités: R, S 

                  + dossier 11 : Travail p. 229 + pp. 236 - 240

                        + Pour découvrir les droits des travailleurs lire la page des réponses sur mon

                   site: la sécurité sociale, (le 1er paragraphe seulement)



19              Lire p.154 -155 + 230 & lire la page des réponses dans les fêtes

+ en classe : vidéos dans la Vie économique


21             Lire pp. 263 - 265 + xerox : Dilbert & DEVOIRS A RENDRE:

                  traduction de la lettre, "Application for a job" (add your name and address,

            missing elements included in a typed French letter on a separate piece of paper) +
            xerox: A vous la parole etc.





24              Simulations


26              Simulations: voyages d’affaires pp. 177 - 178 + 266 -  267 (avion (horaires +

                  prix), hôtel, train, restaurants, réunions, activités etc. vocab: xerox)
                        + mon site sur le Web: la cuisine (la page des réponses: voir la photo de la table)


28.             Examen II: dossiers 7, vocab dans 8, 10, 11, 12 + Web @



     1er oct.       Simulations: voyages d’affaires (suite)

     3                 Simulations: voyages d’affaires (suite)


     5                 Tourisme: xerox & exercices



     8                 Tourisme: xerox & exercices

     10                Tourisme: xerox & exercices


     12               Bonnes vacances ! 


     15               Hôtellerie: xerox & exercices


     17               Simulations: hôtellerie


     19               Simulations  & DEVOIRS A RENDRE: préparez un voyage d’affaires avec

l'aide du Web: faites un itinéraire (avion + train, (horaires + prix), un emploi du temps (réunions, activités),  regardez la météo, trouvez des hôtels et des restaurants etc. N’oubliez de donner une lettre de confirmation d’un hôtel.



     22               Examen III: voyage d’affaires, tourisme et hôtellerie


     24               Médecine: xerox & exercices


     26               Médecine: xerox & exercices


      29              Médecine: xerox & exercices  + vidéos en classe dans la sécurité



      31              Simulations + DEVOIRS A RENDRE: traduction


      2 nov.        Dossier 14: Publicité pp. 292 - 305 &Activités: A 6, A 9, B, E, F, H, J, K


      5                Dossier 14 pp. 307 - 314 + pp. 333 - 339


      7                Publicité (suite) + vidéos en classe de French in Action L 37


      9                Dossier 15: Achat et vente pp. 315 - 323 + xerox : French or Foe de Polly Platt & 
                         Activités: B, D, F, G, H, I, J 



      12               Dossier 15: Achat et vente (suite) + Révision vocab. pp. 219-220


      14              Dossier 15: Achat et vente (suite)


      16              Dossier 15: Exportation pp. 324 – 332 + Europe + Appendice A4 + vidéos dans
                         ma page sur l'Europe en classe

      19              SKETCHS: une publicité

      21 - 25       Bonnes vacances!


     26               Dossier 15 (suite)

     28               Simulations

30               Simulations + DEVOIRS A RENDRE: 2 lettres + xerox



     3 déc.         Examen IV: médecine et dossiers 14 et 15

     5                 révision pour l’examen final+ Evaluation

     7                 révision pour l’examen final + fête de noël


Examen final: Take home exam due on Monday, Dec. 10 at 10 AM


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