FRENCH 101,102                                          JAMES TOMEK    (Ke 233 846-4077)

ELEMENTARY FRENCH                                         



COURSE DESCRIPTION:  FRE 101,102.  Basic structure and practice in gaining proficiency in conversation, reading and composition.  For beginning students and those with not more than one year of high school French.3,3


SUBJECT MATTER and TEXT:  Students will study the complete basic structure of the French language along the guidelines of the text.  The current text is Fast French by Tomek, Tomek, and Bryan published by University Readers. ISBN: 978-1-609279-44-8. The text has audio programs on CDs.


GENERAL COURSE OBJECTIVE:  In French 101,102, students will acquire proficiency in order to function in the language outside of the classroom.  They will learn to understand, speak, read, and write simple French in meaningful contexts and build a foundation for a more thorough and accurate mastery of the French language, literature and civilization. *


*Foreign students, especially native French speakers, with very little knowledge of English, may be allowed to take this course as an elective to enhance their English skills. The “English to French” nature of the course would easily allow foreign students to take the course in “reverse.” In addition to helping the foreign students, the class will benefit from their expertise in the native tongue.


PURPOSE: This course will improve several General Education Competencies and all the Student Learning Outcomes or Competencies in the Foreign Language Major including reading (SLO1), writing (SLO 2), and listening and speaking (SLO3).  The primary goal of the course is to improve students’ skills in communication in reading, writing, speaking and listening (GE 2).  In learning a new structure of language, from their native tongue to French, students will be improving their base of Critical and Creative Thinking skills (GE 1). Students will gain greater cultural awareness (GE 7) of the world. When learning a foreign language students will be re-inventing or re-seeing themselves in a new way and be gaining a greater knowledge of self in a philosophical sense (GE 5). The “story” (dialogues) in the text will allow for discussion in all aspects of life, including artistic, economic, scientific, religious and social realms (GE 8 and GE 6). Learning a foreign language is also a science and students will learn how the nature of foreign language learning enters into all disciplines of learning. While not “testing” Quantitative skills (GE 3) [except for numbers], Technology skills [except maybe for using the language lab](GE 4), and the understanding of values (GE 10), it is a hope that this course will lead students to think about  and explore these areas.


SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES:  At the conclusion of Fre 101,102, students will be able to


1.      Apply knowledge of French grammar in translating sentences in written form from English to French structural patterns (GE 2, GE 1, SLO  1 Writing),

2.      Ask and answer questions and maintain a simple conversation with the teacher, communicating in areas of immediate need and on familiar topics such as everyday situations in the culture including greetings, leave-takings, buying food, making transactions in stores, and asking directions (GE 2, 1, 7, 5 SLO 2 Listening and Speaking),

            3.   Pronounce the language well enough to communicate and be intelligible to

                  native speakers (GE 2, SLO 2),

4.      Understand simple lectures in French on the philosophy of learning language and literature and how language/literature learning applies to other disciplines (GE 2, 7, 8, 9, SLO 2, 3 Reading),

            5.   Read and demonstrate understanding of information presented in a simple

      paragraphs, short literary and philosophic passages, and selected poetry

     (GE 2, 1, 6,7,8,9 SLO 3, 1),

6.  Write short paragraphs on familiar topics and communicate them orally in an     

      understandable way GE 2, 1 SLO 1, 2).





The text has 60 chapters or “lessons” with each lesson having three sections: a Minimum Knowledge page where there is a short dialogue; a Working Knowledge page where there are grammar explanations based on the dialogue; and a Thorough Knowledge page consisting of exercises that are applications of the grammar. The major exercise of each “Thorough Knowledge” is an English to French translation of sentences. In addition to the grammar lessons, there are 12 “Speaking French” exercises where students will practice oral presentations on day to day life situations, and there is an Appendix consisting of French questions that supplement the chapters and give students additional practice in speaking and hearing French.  

1.      Students will memorize the dialogues in each chapter.  They should be able to recite and write each sentence of the Minimum Knowledge dialogue without “looking.” There is a CD to help.

2.      Students will learn the principles of the Working Knowledge section. There are CDs to supplement this section if students have to miss class.

3.      Students will prepare assigned exercises in the Thorough Knowledge section. The major exercise is a section of sentences to translate from English to French. They should understand the structures in these sentences and be ready to produce different sentences upon request of the teacher.

4.      Students will prepare to answer the French questions in the Appendix that supplement each chapter.

5.      Students will prepare written and orally 5 short presentations each semester from the “Speaking French” exercises. The topics are about family, college life, vocations or jobs, historical people, the Delta, everyday situations like getting a traffic ticket or explaining an absence, and comparing people from different parts of the country and world. These exercises are less grammatically rigorous and aim at inducing students to speak the language.

6.      Students will keep a notebook containing lecture notes on philosophical, literary, cultural subjects and reading passages.

7.      Students will take oral and written quizzes, a mid-term, and a final examination.


EVALUATION AND GRADING:  All test questions will come from material covered in class. All quizzes and exams will be based on the exercises in the Thorough Knowledge sections.


 On written quizzes and tests, each question will be worth 4 points. No credit will be given for miscomprehension. Other points will be deducted for spelling and grammatical errors. Eg. A test with 40 questions would have 160 points. A =  minus 16 points or fewer, B = 32 points or fewer, C=48, D=64, F=-65 and more.

Overall Grades will be calculated on the 4.0 system: A=4.0, B=3.0, C=2.0, D=1.0, F=0 Below 1.00 is failing.

Daily Class work evaluation, including responses, preparation (notebook), and “Speaking French” presentations will be recorded with a “0” for unsatisfactory, an “ok-“ to “ok” for satisfactory, and a “ok+” for exceptional. 

During the course of each semester students will be evaluated according to:

            1.  Class work                                                 40%

(This grade is calculated approximately on “proactive” attendance (20% for being there prepared), 10% on the “Speaking French” presentations, and 10% on their notebooks containing both grammar exercises and cultural, literary and philosophic notes. The class work grade is somewhat “subjective” as the teacher may allow some lee-way to reward students for superior work in certain areas.

            2.  Quizzes                                                      10%

            3.  Mid-term examination                               10%

            4.  Final Examination                                      40%

[ (The General Education Competencies 2 and 1 and the SLO writing and speaking and listening competencies (SLO 1 and 2) will be directly tested in the quizzes, mid-term and final examinations. The GE competencies 5,6,7,8 and 9 and the SLO 3 (Reading) will be assessed in the class work section.]



We will spend one class on each lesson and have several class periods open for review or for cultural, literary exercises. We should cover Lessons 1 to 28 in Fre 101 and Lessons 29 to 55 in Fre 102. The remaining lessons will be covered on an extra credit or “final exam” basis.


Drills                                                               10%

Question/answer sessions                    50%

Grammar explanations                        20%                      

Student presentations                         10%


Cultural enrichment (lectures)             10%        



ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY  (refer to the Bulletin pp. 55-6)


ADA STATEMENT – REFERENCE TO COUNSELING CENTER FOR DISABILITIES (sample: The University will attempt to accommodate students with disabilities.  For assistance and to make arrangements for accommodation please contact Dr. Richard Houston, at the Reily Health Center, 846-4690. It is the responsibility of students who have professionally diagnosed disabilities to notify the instructor and present documentation in a timely manner so that necessary and/or appropriate modifications can be made to meet any special learning needs.)


Special Accommodations:  If you have a documented disability, please see Dr. Houston in Student Health Services for directions for obtaining special accommodations to meet your needs.  The ADA coordinator’s campus phone number is 846-4690.




In addition to the university policy in the DSU Bulletin (p.51), regular attendance is an integral part of the classroom requirement of your final grade. Unexcused absences will lower the class work grade (1 absence/1 letter grade, 2-5 absences/2 letter grades, 6 or more/no credit). The teacher will excuse absences for most legitimate causes even if not allowed by the University.



Please silence cell phones and pagers upon entering the classroom.  Do not check messages or send text messages during class. 

No food or drinks are to be consumed in Kethley Hall classrooms.

Please avoid leaving in the middle of class to go to the restroom, except in the rare case of an emergency.  It is disruptive to your fellow students, so make every effort to take care of personal needs prior to class time.


 CLASS SCHEDULE:  There are 42 – 4 class meetings. We will proceed according to the outline of the text doing a “Lesson” at each class meeting interspersed by the “Speaking French” presentations. We should have a lee-way of about 8 class periods to review material. If students need to miss class, it is their responsibility to keep up with the class when they get back. The mid-term examination will take place after Lesson 15.