InternationalCommunications and Culture
SUNY Cortland
FRE 310
Pratique de l'écriture

M, W, F.  3 - 3:50 am
OM 224
3 cr hrs
Fall 2000

Robert Ponterio
MAIN 225-D

office hours
MW 10-12, et aussi sur rendez-vous

Autour de la littérature Schofer & Rice  (Heinle & Heinle)   in Bookstore
Les Jeux sont faits  Jean-Paul Sartre  (on reserve)
One blank audio cassette

Reading assignments in the textbook (Shofer & Rice) as well as some photocopied texts and songs will provide the basis for class discussions.  Lab assignments from media sources will be assigned on a regular basis.

Course description:
French 310 is post-intermediate level course.  The course is designed to improve students' skills in listening, reading, writing, and speaking; to improve their vocabulary; to better their ability to construct sentences, paragraphs, and essays; but primarily to make students more effective readers and familiarize them with the basic concepts of reading texts that form the basis of GE 5.  These objectives will be met by using a variety of media and by asking students to work consistently doing various communicative tasks in French; both orally and in writing.

To receive credit, work must be done carefully and completely by the assigned date and must be used in class (as appropriate).  Although I will accept late or incomplete work for partial credit, any grade assigned will reflect the failure to complete the work as assigned.

The College Policy on Academic Dishonesty applies to work done in this course.

At each class, the student will receive assignments from the texts. Assignments will be written out and will serve as the basis for class discussion. There will be short quizzes, announced and unannounced, on this material.  There will be a lab assignment each week (generally Internet or audio based.  Two short papers (3 pages) based on the daily reading assignments will be completed during the first half of the course.  The analyse is a writing project about Les Jeux son faits (6 pages) to be undertaken by the student in consultation with the instructor.  Students will be expected to submit a notebook showing evidence of preparation for the reader assignments and revisions made to that work based on class discussion.  Some "notebook" assignments will be turned in during the semester (the student should use a loose-leaf notebook).  Students are expected to prepare for and to participate in ALL class discussions.  Students should expect to meet with the instructor individually (times arranged by appointment) at intervals during the semester.  Students should expect to work a minimum of six hours per week outside of class, according to the college's standard expectations.

 Test 1  - W, Sept. 27
 Short paper - F Sept. 29
 Test 2  - W, Oct. 25
 Short paper  - F, Oct 27
 Les Jeux sont faits, (Analyse due M, Nov. 27)
 Test 3 during final exam period M, Dec. 18, 1-3 pm.
 Lab Tests on Fridays - dates to be announced


Attendance policy:
The college attendance policy allows one unexcused absence for each hour of class.  As this is a three-credit course, you are entitled to miss up to three hours of class without explanation and without penalty.

It is obviously to your advantage to come to class every day, and to save your allotment of unexcused absences for unexpected short-term illnesses or emergencies.  Absences will be counted as excused only in the case of a long-term illness (three consecutive days or more) or emergency that is reported to instructor through appropriate documentation.

Read these paragraphs carefully so you will understand what situations are not counted: for example, a day or two of flu, sore throat, or other illness; a flat tire, a ride leaving early for vacation, or other travel emergencies; a court appointment; a crisis involving roommates, friends or family that is not accepted as excused by the Associate Dean's office.  We do not mean to imply that you are expected to come to class when you are confronted with one of these difficult situations.  We understand that you may well need to be absent.  These are precisely the situations the unexcused absence policy was designed to cover.  Do not "waste" your unexcused absences by using them as free cuts!

There will be three reader tests.  The first two will be given during the semester on the dates scheduled.  The third will be given during the final exam period at the time scheduled by the registrar.  There will be three lab tests during the semester and a fourth during the finals period.  There will be two short papers and one longer analytical paper.

Grade distribution:

40%  Reader Tests
10%  Lab Tests
15% Two Short Papers
15% Analyse (based on Les Jeux sont faits)
20% Notebook and classwork (preparation and participation, assessment exercises)

Grades will be awarded using the traditional 100-point scale: 

97-100 = A+  87-89 = B+ 77-79 = C+ 67-69 = D+ 0-59 = E
93-96  = A 83-86 = B 73-76 = C 63-66 = D
90-92  = A- 80-82 = B- 70-72 = C- 60-62 = D-

A range:  Consistantly excellent work, always well prepared, consistantly well thought out participation.
B range:  Consistantly good work, well prepared, good participation.
C range:  Satisfactory work, completed on time, prepared to answer questions, adequate participation.
D range:  Incomplete answers, late homework, unprepared to answer some questions, participates only when required.
F:  Minimal answers, homework often late, repeatedly unprepared to answer questions, unable or unwilling to participate in discussions.
After your numerical grade is calculated, 1 percentage point will be deducted from the total for every unexcused hour of absence in excess of three.

Disability notice:
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.


France Info :
Radio France Internationale :
Europe 1 :
Radio Canada :
COMFM, Guide De La Radio :


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Newspapers & Magazines

Le Monde :
Le Parisien : - le quotidien de l'Expansion :
Le Devoir :
Le Soleil :
Le Figaro :
L'Humanité :
Libération :
Le Soir (journal belge) : :
TF1 (télévision) :
France 2 rubriques :
Radio-Canada info culture :

Le Nouvel Observateur :
L'Express :
Le Point :
Paris Match :

Elle :
Sciences et avenir :
Pour la science :
Sciences au sud :

Phosphore :
L'Expansion :
L'Entreprise :
Eur-op News :
Courrier International : :
Alternatives Economiques :

Bilan (économique suisse) :
Webdo (magazine suisse infos et services) :
Le Temps (suisse) :
24 Heures (suisse quotidien) :

L'Actualité (canadien) :
Les Meilleures publications d'affaires au Québec :
Canoë (québecois) :
Québec Science :

Carrefour éducation - le Kiosque des sciences humaines :
Les revues françaises :

Voilà - guide web - sciences sociales :
La Toile du Québec - sciences sociales :

Online activities:

J'ai tout quitté pour toi, Patricia Kaas
Nantes, Barbara
Mourir pour des idées, Georges Brassens
Le déserteur - B. Vian
On ne change pas, Céline Dion

Chanson d'automne - Léo Ferré (Verlaine)
Les feuilles mortes - Yves Montand (Prévert)
Monopolis, France Gall (Starmania)
     Analysis of Monopolis
Florence, Notre Dame de Paris

Aigle noir, Barbara
Je t'oublierai, je t'oublierai, Isabelle Boulay

Ma pomme, Maurice Chevalier
La Tribu de Dana, Manau

Plaisir d'amour - Nana Mouskouri
J'ai deux amours, Josephine Baker
Tout va très bien Madame la Marquise, Ray Ventura
Parlez-moi d'amour, Lucienne Boyer
Sous le ciel de Paris, Line Renaud
Mon homme, Mistinguett
L'accordéoniste, Edith Piaf
J'irai jamais sur ton Island, Fabienne Thibeault

Chanson pour l'Auvergnat, Georges Brassens


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