RL 109                      Intermediate French I                               Été 2013


Sarah Bilodeau




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Office Hours:  

Lyons 204 Monday - Thursday 5:15pm - 5:45pm 

Course Hours and Location:

Monday- Thursday 6:00pm-9:15pm
Devlin 216


Quant à moi:  Temoignages des Français et des Francophones. (5th edition), Bragger and Rice. Boston: Heinle Cenange, 2013. ISBN: 1133857183

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This summer Intensive Intermediate course will allow you to complete one semesters' work over the course of three weeks.  This is a great way to jump start your French, as you immerse yourself in the language and culture in class and make use of Boston's many cultural resources with excursions to a French film festival, museums and even a French dining experience.  Boston is home to a large French speaking population from France, Africa and the Antilles.  This course utilises these resources to help students gain a deeper understadning of French and Francophone culture.  In this course you will not only participate in an intensive review of grammar and vocabulary, but you will also particoate in a variety of extra-curricular activities to broaden your knowledge of the language and culture.  You will discover the richness of the Francophone world and reflect on what culture means from different perspectives. Throughout this course, short works of prose on aspects of daily French life will acquaint you with the essence of what it means to be French in the 21st century.  In addition, students will be exposed to French and Francophone literature through te reading and discussion of several works in excerpt.  The course also utilises film to develop student understanding of the language and exposure to culture and students will spend time watching and discussing short excerpts of films, TV and other media resoucres on a daily basis.   

This course enables you to fulfill your foreign language requirement quickly, allowing you to qualify for enrollment in more advanced courses in the fall, further study or graduate work abroad.  In Intensive Intermediate French, you will review previously learned vocabulary and grammar while continuing to develop your ability to express yourself in oral and written form.  You will spend approximately 12 hours per week in language classes, ensuring fast progress towards oral proficiency. 

Prerequisites:  This course is designed for students who have placed into Intermediate French I on the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures online Placement Exam or who have completed one year of Elementary French or Intensive Elementary French at BC. Online Placement Test

If you are a student with a documented learning disability seeking reasonable accommodations in this course, please contact the Connors Family Learning Center (617-552-8093); regarding all other types of disabilities, please contact the Disability Services Office (617-552- 3470).


Participation    15%

Contrôles (3)* 20%

Journal (3) 20%

Devoirs 10%

Examen final 20%

Interview Orale 10%

Animation de discussion sur les actualités  5%

*Students are required to work INDEPENDENTLY and must complete all exams on the date indicated on the syllabus.  There is a no make-up policy.    

ABSENCE POLICY:      The department considers that any absence over and above 1 (during each summer session), are unexcused absences.  Subsequent missed classes, unless officially excused by the Dean's Office, will result in point loss from the Class Participation grade. Students are wholly responsible for making up any missed work promptly following an absence. Late work will NOT be accepted.  In order to excel in class participation and to make the most of this course, students must be present and must have prepared the items on the syllabus for a given day. 

TESTS: (Contrôles) There will be 3 tests, one for each of the chapters covered in Interactions and will include grammar, culture and vocabulary. There will be absolutely no make-up tests.  The tests are limited to approximately 30 - 40 minutes each and will each have oral as well as written components. 

JOURNAL:   Students will keep a personal journal to be handed in once a week, as indicated on syllabus. Three entries, of at least 8 to 10 lines each must be made each week.  In the first two entries, students should talk about every day life, family, friends or other topics of interest to them.  The third entry should relate to something that students have learned.  Journal topics will be developed in class collaboratively with the instructor.     

DEVOIRS:    Your instructor will assign activities from the textbook to be turned in in class.  Preparation for class is essential for progress.  Some activities are required while others are suggested.  Nightly activities will be checked daily in class.  Students who complete all activities, including the suggested activities, are entitled to extra credit.    

FINAL EXAM: The final exam will be a two-hour, comprehensive, written exam.   It must be taken on Thursday, July 14, 2011, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

ORAL INTERVIEW: The instructor will conduct 10-minute individual oral interviews with students, to be held in the classroom.  Students will receive individual appointment times and all oral interviews will take place from 5:30 to 6:45pm on Wednesday July 13th, 2011.  The oral interview will be conversational in style and students will ask as well as answer questions on a variety of topics of personal interest, so that the instructor can provide feedback on each student's strengths and weaknesses orally.  The goal of the oral interview is to assess each student's progress towards oral proficiency on a global level.

DATE       EN COURS                                                DEVOIRS_______________________________ 

                 (à lire avant de venir en cours)                     (à faire le soir et à rendre le lendemain en cours)                    

                                                                                        (note: MP = workbook)                

24 juin

Chapitre préliminaire: C'est la rentrée  pp. 2-7

Chapitre 1: «Passons à table!», pp. 9 - 19

Apportez vos livres en classe.


Obligatoire: p. 15: II, p. 20: V & VI, p. 23: IX, p. 25-29: XI, XII, XIII, p. 32: XVI, p. 37: XXII

Suggéré: MP: p. 2: A, p. 3: B, p. 5: I, p. 11: VI, p. 16: III, p. 18: Test, p. 29: XIV

25 juin

Fonction: Comment se renseigner (1)  

pp. 20 - 24

Témoignages:  «Qu'est-ce que vous aimez manger?»

La première gorgée de bière: Lisez le texte, Le Croissant du trottoir de Philippe Delerm en ligne

Magazine culture:  Que mangent les Francophones?, pp. 28 - 31


Obligatoire: p. 32: XVI, p. 37: XXII, p. 34: XVIII, p. 46: XXXIII, p. 41: ex. XXVI, p. 43: XXVIII

Suggéré: p. 39: XXIV, p. 48: XXXV

26 juin

Fonction:  Comment se renseigner (2), pp. 34 - 35

Témoignages:  «La faim est-elle un problème dans votre pays?», pp. 36 - 38

Magazine culture: Manger à sa faim?, pp. 39 - 42

Fonction: Comment exprimer la négation, pp. 43 - 44

Littérature: «Ndo Cup: Tête de Poule», pp. 45 - 47.

Feuille de révision pour le contrôle nº 1


Obligatoire: p. 58: II & III, p. 71: XI, p. 64: VI A & B, p. 65: VII, p. 66: VIII

 Suggéré: p. 60-61: Test

27 juin

Révision pour le Contrôle nº 1

Mangez un repas français!  Dégustez les délices du monde francophone! 

Chapitre 2: «Chacun chez soi», pp. 51-55

Témoignages: «Où et-ce que vous habitez?», pp. 56 - 59

Magazine Culture: «Se loger en France», pp. 60 - 63.

Rappel: L'accord des adjectifs, le comparatif et le superlatif, pp. 64 - 67

Contrôle nº 1 

Journal nº 1

Obligatoire: p. 74: XIII & XIV, p. 83: XXIII, p. 81: XXI, p. 87: XXVII


1 juillet

Fonction: Comment décrire les choses et les personnes, pp. 68 -69.

Magazine culture:  Se loger en francophonie, pp. 74 -76

Fonction: Comment décrire les choses et les personnes (2), pp. 77 - 78.  

Témoignages:  «Que font les défavorisés, les démunis, chez vous pour se loger?», pp. 79 - 82

Trouvez un article dans un journal francophone et faites un résumé de 5 à 10 phrases.  Vous allez le partager en cours demain!  


Obligatoire: p. 94: XXXVI, p. 90: XXX &XXXI, p. 92: XXXIII, p. 97: XXXIX

Suggéré: p. 91: XXXII, p. 93: XXXIV

2 juillet

Magazine Culture:  La crise du logement en France, pp. 83 - 85

Fonction: Comment décrire les choses et les personnes (3), pp. 87 

Littérature:  «La vie dans les HLM», pp. 88 - 91

Présentation: les actualités de la semaine - parlons de la France et du monde francophone!

Feuille de révision pour le contrôle nº 2


Obligatoire: p. 108: II, p. 109: III, p. 115: VII

Suggéré: p. 109-110: Test A & B, p. 119: X

3 juillet

Révision pour le Contrôle nº 2

Voyage au musée!  Appréciez l'art qui illustre les thèmes de vocabulaire!  

Chapitre 3: «On s'amuse», pp. 93 - 97

Témoignages: «Quel est votre emploi du temps?», pp. 98- 100

Magazine Culture:  L'emploi du temps des Français, pp. 102 -105.  

Contrôle nº 2

Journal nº 2


Obligatoire: p. 112: IV, p. 113:V, p. 118: IX, p. 122: XII, p. 128: XVIII, p. 125: XIV, p. 127: XVI

Suggéré:p. 121: XXI, p. 125: XV, p. 132: XXI

8 juillet

Rappel: Le passé composé et l'imparfait, pp. 108 - 109

Fonction: Comment parler du passé (1), pp. 110 - 112

Témoignages:  «Comment passez-vous votre temps libre?», pp. 114 - 117

La première gorgée de bière: Lisez, Lire sur la plage, de Philippe Delerm.

Magazine Culture: S'amuser en francophonie, pp. 118 - 121

Fonction: Comment parler du passé (2), pp. 122 - 123

Témoignages: «Est-ce qu'on est en train d'évoluer vers une civilisation des loisirs?», pp. 124 - 127

Préparation des dialogues

Trouvez un article dans un journal francophone et faites un résumé de 5 à 10 phrases.  Vous allez le partager en cours demain!  


Obligatoire:p. 133: XXII, p. 144:XXIX, p. 136: XXIV

Suggéré:p. 134: XXIII, p. 137: XXV, p. 145: XXXI, p. 146: XXXII 

9 juillet

Magazine Culture: Une civilisation des loisirs?, pp. 128 - 131.

Fonction: Comment parler du passé (3), pp. 133 - 135

Littérature: «Le cinéma à Fort-de-France», pp. 137 - 139.

Extrait: Rue Cases-nègres

Présentation: les actualités de la semaine - parlons de la France et du monde francophone! 

Préparation des dialogues

Journal nº 3

Fiche: Rue Cases-nègres

Fiche: Le festival du film francophone

Finalisez votre dialogue

10 juillet

Révision pour le Contrôle nº 3 (Final)

Présentation des dialogues!

Révision du passé composé et de l'imparfait

Feuille de révision pour le Contrôle nº 3 (Final)

11 juillet

Voyage au musée!  Regardez un film du festival du cinéma francophone! 

Voyage au café - examen oral sur le film et vos activités quotidiennes!    

Contrôle nº 3 (Final)