Elementary French I Practicum             Automne 2018

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures       BOSTON COLLEGE  



Jérémie Pinguet

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).


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.

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.

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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.


GRADING:                                         (percent of final grade)

Class participation and attendance


Quizzes (8):


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. 28

Introductions and course particulars.  Introduction à Vivre en France

Tues.-Sept. 4

Introdution au film, (Le bonheur d'Elza)

Wed. - Sept. 5 (Last day to drop/add online.)

Tues.-Sept. 11

QUIZ nº 1, révision (review) du module 1

Tues.-Sept. 18

QUIZ nº 2, les verbes en -ER, l'accent tonique

Tues.-Sept. 25

QUIZ nº 3, les articles définis et indéfins, les verbes de préférence,
révision pour le premier contrôle (test) en Français élémentaire I 
Mon-Oct 1
(Last date for undergraduates to drop a course or to declare a course pass/fail in the Associate Dean's Offices.)

Tues.-Oct. 2

NO QUIZ. Les activités et loisirs (leisure activities) en France, poser (asking) questions

Tues.-Oct. 9

Pas de cours.  Fall break. 

Tues.-Oct. 16
QUIZ nº4, révision du module 5
Tues.-Oct. 23
NO QUIZ.  Révision pour le 2ème contrôle
Tues.-Oct. 30
QUIZ  nº 5, prépositions de lieu

Tues.-Nov. 6

NO QUIZ.  Révision du module 8

Tues.-Nov 13

QUIZ nº 6, Sujet TBD (to be determined by instructor)

Tues.-Nov 20

NO QUIZ.  Introduction au module 15.

Mon-Nov 26

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

Tues.- Nov. 27

Quiz nº 7, connaître vs. savoir

Tues.-Dec. 4

Quiz nº 8, aller + infinitif,  Révision pour l'examen final.