Elementary French I Practicum             Automne 2017

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures       BOSTON COLLEGE  



Ethan Wells

Class times: 
Tuesdays at 11:00 or 12:00



Office hours:





Lyons 204A



Mon, Wed & Fri 9:00 - 9:45 & 1:00 - 2:15
(and by appointment

WEB SITE: (Links to on-line  syllabi, worksheets and study guides for tests).

Texts: 1) Débuts: an Introduction to French.  (3rd edition) Siskin, Williams and Field, New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009.
2) Quia Online Workbook / Laboratory Manual Part 1 to accompany DébutsSiskin, Williams, Virtue and Leahy, New York: McGraw-Hill 2009.  (Included with the textbook is each student's individual access code to the online workbook.  There is no paper workbook.)

Questionnaire: Click here to access a questionnaire on your background in French. Please take a moment to fill it in and then turn it in to your instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This "Practicum" is designed for the true beginner and is designed to work in tandem with Elementary French I (FREN1011). Any student who is enrolled in Elementary French I (FREN1009) and has not studied French in the past should enroll in a section of the Practicum. The practicum is also open to students who feel they need extra help, if space allows. Practica are limited to 12 students so that there is optimum student /teacher interaction and frequent student participation. During this additional hour students will engage in oral and writing practice, as well as review the key elements of a given lesson. Students are encouraged to ask questions and to keep their instructors apprised of any difficulties experienced in FREN1009, so that this course meets their individual needs.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in FREN1009 or an Elementary French I instructor's recommendation . Students must be concurrently enrolled in Elementary French I (FREN1009). This class cannot be taken as a stand alone course.

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OVERRIDES: Due to the importance of keeping class size small, the Department will only consider overrides when there are NO other options. NO OVERRIDES will be considered until the end of DROP/ADD, September 6, 2017. Up until that time, students should intermittently continue to try to enroll in the section of their choice through 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.

Attendance: Since learning to communicate in French requires regular oral practice, the Department allows only one unexcused absence per term in classes meeting once a week. Points will be deducted from the overall grade for each additional absence.

Make-Up Policy: No make-up tests or quizzes will be given, except for medical reasons. A written excuse from a physician or the Dean's office must be provided.

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.


Students with Disabilities

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

GRADING:                                         (percent of final grade)

Class participation and attendance


Quizzes (10):


In computing grades, the following numerical equivalents for the 12 letter grades will be used:

A 4.00 (96 -100)

B- 2.67 (80 - 82)

D+ 1.33 (67 - 69)

A- 3.67 ( 91 - 95)

C+ 2.33 (77 - 79)

D1.00 (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)

Language Lab Hours:
Sundays 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Mondays - Thursdays 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Fridays 8 - 5



Tues.-Aug. 29

Introductions and course particulars.  Introduction to the Chapitre préliminaire. 

Tues.-Sept. 5

Quiz nº 1, "Chapitre préliminaire".
Introdution to Chapter 1.

Wed. - Sept. 6 (Last day to drop/add online.)

Tues.-Sept. 12

Quiz nº 2, Chapter 1.
Introduction to Chapter 2.

Tues.-Sept. 19

Quiz nº 3, Chapter 2.  Review for first test in Elementary French I. 

Tues.-Sept. 26

Quiz nº 4, Chapter 3.  Presentation of "venir" and "venir de". 

Mon-Oct 2
(Last date for undergraduates to drop a course or to declare a course pass/fail in the Associate Dean's Offices.)

Tues.-Oct. 3

NO QUIZ.  Introduction to Chapter 4.

Tues.-Oct. 10

Quiz nº 5, Chapter 4.  Chapter 5 vocabulary and telling time.

Tues.-Oct. 17
NO QUIZ.  Review for second test in Elementary French I.
Tues.-Oct. 24
Quiz nº 6, Chapter 6.  Introduction to Chapter 7.
Tues.-Oct. 31
Quiz  nº 7, Chapter 7.  Introduction to Chapter 8.

Tues.-Nov. 7

NO QUIZ, Review for third test in Elementary French I and practice for Oral Test in the Lab.

Tues.-Nov 14

Quiz nº 8, Chapter 9.  Introduction to the verb "devoir".

Tues.-Nov 21

NO QUIZ, practice of the "passé composé". 

Mon-Nov 27

 (Last date for official withdrawal from a course or from the university)

Tues.- Nov. 28

Quiz nº 9, Chapter 10.  Introduction to "les métiers" and "les professions". 

Tues.-Dec. 5

Quiz nº 10, Chapter 11.  Review for the final exam in Elementary French I.