Boston College, Printemps 2017
FREN1110, Intermediate French II

INSTRUCTORS: Sections 2 & 3:
Liv Westphal
Sections 4 & 7
Katherine Manansala
Section 6:
Mayss Bajbouj
Sections 8 & 9:
Jessica Cordova
Class times: M-W-F
9 & 10
12 am & 1 pm
11 am
1 & 2 pm

Office hours:

Coordinator: Andréa M. Javel, Lyons 204a  
Office and office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 9-9:45 and 1-2:15 (and by appointment)
Office Telephone: 617-552-3839
Web site:  (Check this web site for assignments, review sheets and updates.)
The syllabus is also available in Canvas in its entirety and divided into modules.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: As during the first semester of this course, the emphasis will be on developing practical knowledge of the French language, so that the Intermediate French student can both understand and be understood by native speakers.  In Intermediate French, you will participate in a variety of activities that will help you to improve your listening and speaking skills.  In practical terms, this means we will concentrate on mastering pronunciation as well as accurate self-expression in major time frames (present, past and future).  Literary and cultural readings will add to your knowledge of French and Francophone culture, history and civilization, with a special emphasis on the Caribbean and Francophone Africa.  Familiar grammatical structures will be reviewed, new structures introduced and explored, providing a solid foundation for further study.  Active student participation will further foster your fluency in the language, as you learn to express your own opinions and react to those of your peers. 

TEXTS: Quant à moi: Témoignages des Français et des Francophones . (5ème édition) , Bragger and Rice.  Boston: Heinle Cengage, 2012.
SUBSCRIPTION: You will need to subscribe to Yabla this semester.  Details to follow.
If you took Intermediate French I last semester, you will not need to purchase a new online workbook.  If you did not take Intermediate French I last semester you will need to purchase one.  It can be purchased at and is the 5th Edition of the Manuel de préparation de Quant à moi, Bragger and Rice.  Your instructor will provide you with a class code so that you can sign up for her class on Quia.  New students will purchase a book key and use the book key combined with the class code to sign up.  Returning students can sign in with their previous username and password.

PRE-REQUISITES:  Students must have taken FREN1109, Intermediate French I or placed into Intermediate French II by taking the Department's Foreign Language Placement Test.  If you have not taken the Placement Test and have taken French before (but not at BC) you must take the test.  It can be taken on line 24 hours a day, seven days a week at:  Results are immediate.  If you have questions about your placement (you believe the test has placed you too high, or too low) please contact the Coordinator, Andréa Javel at

GRADING: Participation et devoirs quotidiens

Yabla (8)  8%

Oral Proficiency Project: The Mixxer, TV5 Monde, 7 billions d'autres

Cahier & laboratoire (3) (Very limited number of activities this semester! :-)

Contrôles (3*) 20%

Fête de la musique, présentation orale

Discussions via Google Drive (4) 10%

Oral Test (in Language Lab)

Final Exam 20%

: Due to the importance of keeping class size small for foreign language classes, the Department will only consider overrides when there are NO other options.  NO OVERRIDES will be considered until the end of DROP/ADD, January 25, 2017.  Up until that time, students should intermittently continue to try to enroll in the section of their choice through Agora or U-View.  During the DROP/ADD period, spots open up randomly and most students are able to enroll in the section they prefer without consulting the Coordinator.  If the need for an override does arise, students must obtain the Coordinator's permission.  Individual instructors cannot give overrides.

In computing grades, the following numerical equivalents for the 12 letter grades will be used:
A    4.00 (95 -100) B-  2.67 (80 - 82)  D+ 1.33 (67 - 69)
A-    3.67 (91 - 94) C+  2.33 (77 - 79) D   1.00 (64 - 66)
B+    3.33 (87 - 90) C    2.00 (74 - 76)  D-  0.67 (60 - 63)
B    3.00 (83 - 86) C-  1.67 (70 - 73) F    0.00 (below 60)

Academic Integrity

Boston College values the academic integrity of its students and faculty. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the university’s policy on academic integrity. Violations of academic integrity will be reported to your class dean and judged by the academic integrity committee in your school. If you are found responsible for violating the policy, penalties may include a failing grade as well as possible probation, suspension, or expulsion, depending on the seriousness and circumstances of the violation.  Any work submitted in this course must be each student's own work.  Students will receive a grade penalty for work that can be attributed to someone else.  The use of Google Translator or other translation sites is strictly forbidden, counterproductive, obvious and will result in a grade penalty as well.  Subsequent plagiarism or cheating will be met with disciplinary action involving the student's dean and the Academic Integrity Committee.  For clear-cut, university wide guidelines on what constitutes academic integrity, please visit the following BC web page:

Students with Disabilities

If you are a student with a documented disability seeking reasonable accommodations in this course, please contact Kathy Duggan, (617) 552-8093,, at the Connors Family Learning Center regarding learning disabilities and ADHD, or Paulette Durrett, (617) 552-3470,, in the Disability Services Office regarding all other types of disabilities, including temporary disabilities. Advance notice and appropriate documentation are required for accommodations.

GOOGLE DRIVE / GOOGLE DOCS!  To install Google Drive to your computer go to: (if you don’t already have it.)  Your professor will share documents with you in a folder on Google Drive entitled "Your Professor's Last Name" , IF2 Spring 2017.  You will find course documents/forms in MSWord format there. (When it’s a form you fill in, you will have to make a copy of it and place it in your individual folder.) So, you will need to create a your own individual folder on Google Drive in order to submit assignments. Label it with your first and last name, the letters “IF2” and the year.  For example, Madeleine Dupont, IF2, Printemps 2017. (Do not put this folder in the shared "Your Professor's Last Name", Intermediate French II, Spring 2017 folder or everyone else will be able to see your work.) Please label anything you submit to your personal folder with the name of the assignment and your first and last name. Anything submitted to this folder by the due date will be considered to be your final version of the assignment.  Please ask if you have any questions.

CLASS PARTICIPATION:  To make progress you must be present and prepared!  The department considers that any absence over and above 3 is unexcused.  Subsequent missed classes, unless officially excused by the Dean's Office, will result in point loss from the class participation grade.  Regular attendance and preparation for class are required in this course. There will be NO exceptions.  All oral work you do in class will count towards class participation.  Daily homework (à rendre) listed below will count towards your participation grade.

YABLA:  When indicated on the syllabus, students will view a video on a suggested topic or topics, will take notes on the video they choose to watch so they can discuss it in class.   During class students will work in small groups giving an overview of the the videos they viewed and ask their group-mates questions to get them to elaborate.  Students will submit the appropriate Fiche Yabla to their Google Drive folder to receive a grade.  Yabla will also be available on 5 workstations in the Language Lab.  You will need to ask a member of the Language Lab staff to sign you on when using Yabla in the Language Lab.

ORAL PROFICIENCY PROJECT:  In order to improve oral communication and listening comprehension skills, students will participate in an Oral Proficiency Project (OPP).  This project is multi-faceted, will take place over the course of the semester and will offer students a number of choices when it comes to activities to be carried out.  The Oral Proficiency log form is available in the Intermediate French II, Printemps 2017,  shared folder on Google Drive.  Make a copy of it, rename it and move it to your personal folder for Intermediate French II on Google Drive.   Students can choose from the following activities over the course of the semester to improve their listening and speaking skills. 
    1) The Mixxer - The Mixxer is a language exchange site.  Students create a profile and choose a language partner from among the profiles listed.  The actual language exchange will take place over Skype.  During the session, the speakers (you and the native speaker you've chosen) will alternate languages, for example one could do 15-30 minutes in English followed by 15-30 minutes in French.  Students will enter information into their Mixxer Log to document their experience. 
    2) TV5Monde -
Students will choose a short film that interests them from those offered on the website and do the exercises associated with it.  The films and exercises are organized by level.  Students should feel free to begin with level A2 (élémentaire) and choose more advanced levels if and when they are able and/or want a greater challenge.  Some films are listed at several levels, but the difficulty of the activity changes.  Completed activities will be captured by taking a screen shot and placed in each student's individual Google Drive folder.
    3) 7 milliards d'Autres
Students will select a theme and choose a video in French to view.  They will note the theme of the video and will write a short paragraph (5 - 7 lines) in reaction to the video, i.e., What was it about?  What was your emotional/intellectual reaction to it?  What did you learn?

CAHIER & LABORATOIRE:  The online workbook can be found at  If you are new to Intermediate French this semester, you will need to set up your online workbook account and you'll need two key codes to do so.  One is your personal key code provided with your textbook, the other is a key code for your class, which your instructor will provide.  Returning students will access their Quia account with the username and password they chose last semester, but will need a new class code this semester.  The new class code will be provided by your instructor.  The workbook provides listening comprehension and pronunciation practice, as well as written exercises to reinforce grammar and vocabulary addressed in the textbook. These activities will also reinforce class content and help you to prepare for each chapter test.  Workbook activities may be submitted until midnight on the due date.  

THE WORKBOOK (CAHIER) AND PLAGIARISM: Students will be given a grade of "0" (zero) for each open-ended activity where their answers are identical to those of the answer key.  Students will also receive a grade of "0" for activities where answers are left blank on the first attempt.  Students encountering difficulty with workbook activities should contact their instructor for help.    

CONTRÔLES:  There will be three chapter tests this semester.  The lowest chapter test grade will be dropped.  Chapter tests will be comprised of both oral and written components.  Links to review sheets for each of these tests can be found in the syllabus online.   NO make-ups will be given, except in extreme cases.  Students must be able to provide proof of illness or other issue and supply a letter of support from their dean.

FÊTE DE LA MUSIQUE:  La musique est aussi un langage universel!  Through music we experience culture in one of its purest forms.  Students will work in groups of 3 (or perhaps 4) to select and present a piece of French / Francophone music to the class.  OPTION 1: Your group will choose a French or Francophone musician, singer, composer or musical group and present it (them) to the class.  You must provide the following: 1) a biographical overview of the artist (artists); 2) a sample of their music (preferably in the form of a video clip); 3) copies of lyrics to one of the artist's (artists') songs for the class and 4) questions about the song's meaning in order to check comprehension.  Your entire presentation should not exceed 15 minutes.  OPTION 2: As an alternative assignment, for the musicians in the class, you may sing and play a French / Francophone song for the class or create a videoclip in which you sing / dance or lip-sync.  For this alternative assignment you will need to provide a copy of your song's lyrics for your classmates and create questions that allow the class to explore the song's meaning.  Your entire presentation should not exceed 15 minutes. 

DISCUSSIONS: Students will participate in an on-line "discussion" to be accessed through Google Drive.   A week before a given discussion assignment is due, the instructor will post a topic for his/her class in your section folder on Google Drive.  Please do not use English in these assignments.  Use a dictionary (many are available online) to look up individual words, but fight the impulse to attempt word-for-word translation.  Avoid using online translators; they are incapable of accurately translating anything but the simplest of ideas.  When a student submits work he or she has not written or uses an online translator, it is crystal clear to the instructor.  Do you own work!  It's the only way to make progress.  Students will respond to 3 discussion topics during the semester.  Topics will relate to the film, Ce que le jour doit à la nuit and literary essays (from La Première gorgée de bière) and other topics chosen by your instructor to elicit autobiographical information, in order to develop self-expression.  Discussions will be graded on the following basis: effort, creativity and accuracy of response.   Feedback will pertain to content, grammar, spelling, word choice and clarity.  A rubric that will be used to grade essays is available in our shared folder on Google Drive.

ORAL TEST:  To assess oral progress and proficiency, students will take an online oral test in the Language Lab, Lyons 313.  The test will consist of 6 questions.  Expect personal questions (not too personal) which draw upon the broad themes and contexts discussed in the textbook and class over the course of the semester so far.  Your instructor will read the questions.  You'll jot them down, prepare your answers and record them using DiLL (Digital Language Lab).  You'll have the opportunity to listen to and re-record your answers before submitting them electronically.  Your oral test date will be either April 7 or April 10, depending on your instructor.  See details below for April 7 and April 10.   

FINAL EXAM:  There will be a 2-hour written FINAL EXAM on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 4 p.mThis is NOT the date listed in the course guide.  Students with two or more exams on that date may take the make-up on Monday, May 15, 2017.  DO NOT MAKE TRAVEL PLANS TO LEAVE CAMPUS BEFORE MAY 15, 2017, just in case you need to take the make-up. The FINAL EXAM can be taken at NO other date and time.

Extra-credit:  Students are encouraged to see French language films outside of class.  In order to receive extra credit points, students must write a reaction paper of 8-10 lines on the film. 

Film Resources: 

LANGUAGE LAB:  Lyons 313
Mon - Thur    8 a.m. -10 p.m.
Fri         8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun       1 p.m. - 9 p.m.