Boston College, Printemps 2018                      FREN1110, Intermediate French II

INSTRUCTOR: Section 9:
Sarah Bilodeau
Class times: M-W
4:00 - 5:15

Office hours:

Coordinator: Andréa M. Javel, Lyons 204a  
Office and office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 9-9:45 and 1-2:30 (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.  You will be required to see three French language films during the course of the semester.

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.  Instructions will be given in class on the paper copy of the syllabus.

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 (5) 15%

Contrôles (3*) 20%

Sketches (Un Village français)

Journal intime (5)

Activités orales au Laboratoire de Langues (2)

Examen final

: 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 24, 2018.  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.

CANVAS: You will find a copy of the syllabus, assignments and links to forms to be filled out on Canvas this semester.  Moreover, most assignments will be submitted via Canvas this semester unless otherwise indicated, in the hopes of simplifying your experience this semester.  Please submit documents in MS format and NOT PDF's. 

Your professor and the Coordinator (JAVEL) will share documents with you on Google Drive as well.  These include but are not limited to class notes, PPT presentations and Journal topics.  To install Google Drive to your computer, go to: (if you don’t already have it.)

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 videos they viewed and ask their group-mates questions to get them to elaborate.  Students will submit the appropriate Fiche Yabla to Canvas to receive a grade.  Yabla will also be available for use in the Language Lab.  Up to 5 students can use Yabla in the Lab simultaneously.  You will need to ask a member of the Language Lab staff to sign you on when using Yabla in the Lab.

CONTRÔLES:  There will be three chapter tests this semester.  The lowest chapter test grade will be dropped.  You are encouraged to take all the tests though, so that you will be prepared for the final.  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.

SKETCHES: ​ Students will work in groups of 3 or 4 and present what they deem to be an important scene from one of the episodes of ​Un Village français. They will create an introduction to the sketch, explain why they chose it and provide any relevant historical information relative to the scene. (5 to­ 10 sentences) Students will then act out the scene, using actual and/or paraphrased dialogue from the episode. Creativity is encouraged!  (Presentations should be 5 - 10 minutes at the most). The use of props, visual, digital and other support is encouraged. They will help to lend context to the scene.  These sketches may be presented live or filmed on location and played in class.  A rough draft of your script worth 10% of the grade should be submitted no later than April 3. 

JOURNAL INTIME: Students will write a journal on topics suggested by their instructor.   Journals should be submitted on Canvas.  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 idiomatic expressions among other things.  Google Translator is NOT smarter than you! :-) When a student submits work he or she has uses an online translator, it is crystal clear to the instructor.  Do you own work!  It's the only way to make progress.  Journals will be graded on the following basis: effort, creativity and accuracy of response.   Feedback will pertain to effort, creativity, content, grammar, spelling, word choice and clarity.  

ACTIVITÉS ORALES AU LABORATOIRE DE LANGUES:  (Lyons 313) : Class will take place in the Language Lab on two dates listed below.  Students work will be based on an episode of Un Village français, discuss it with their classmates in random pairs, ask each other questions about the excerpt they have viewed and respond to the instructor’s questions individually. These conversations and responses will be recorded and students will receive feedback, but student work will not be graded. The first Language Lab session will not be graded and students will receive credit for participating.  Individual portions of the second session will be graded and serve as an Oral Exam. 

FINAL EXAM:  There will be a 2-hour written FINAL EXAM on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 4 p.m.  This 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 14, 2018.  DO NOT MAKE TRAVEL PLANS TO LEAVE CAMPUS UNTIL AFTER MAY 14, 2018, just in case you need to take the make-up. The FINAL EXAM can be taken at NO other date and time.

Extra-credit:  Extra-credit assignments must be submitted on Google Drive in your personal folder shared with your instructor.  (Students can submit up to 5 extra-credit assignments.)

        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.