Period 1: Christine Lac

Period 2: Chérif Keita

Period 4: Éva Pósfay

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Click here for help with the Dasher exercises on your CD-ROM.

Bienvenue en Français 101!

Required Texts:

Haggstrom, Margaret, et al. Portes Ouvertes. Fort Worth, TX: Holt, Rhinehart, Winston,1998. Our book will come packaged with a Student Audio-CD and a Multi-Media CD-ROM


Dictionary (collegiate format, Harrap's or Harper Collins Robert)

501 French Verbs

Course goals:

The goals of the French 101 & 102 sequence are a) to learn to speak, read, write and understand the fundamental structures of French grammar and vocabulary; b) to learn to communicate in a wide range of situations in the French language; c) to acquire a broader awareness of French and Francophone cultures; d) to express your thoughts in essentially correct French prose.

The Portes Ouvertes approach to learning a foreign language is based on active learning with a real-world input (authentic cultural readings, recorded conversations between native speakers, literary readings) which serve as an introduction for vocabulary, grammatical structures, communicative strategies and cultural concepts. We hope that you will enjoy and greatly benefit from our program.

Schedule of classes:

You will meet with your professor on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during which you will be introduced to various linguistic structures. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the class is split in two groups, each of which meets with a Language Assistant. Because of the smaller number of students in the Tuesday and Thursday sessions, you will find them a unique opportunity for improving your speaking ability. Some of these sessions will be held in the Modern Language Lab where you will be introduced to some internet-based activities as well as lab exercises.


Because this is a language class, it is of course very important for you to participate in class as much as you can. Always remember that making mistakes is natural and certainly preferable to silence! Your participation will be evaluated regularly by your instructor. To ensure your oral improvement as the course progresses, you must attend all sessions regularly, and prepare all assignments on schedule. Do not hesitate to see your instructor whenever you have questions or problems. You can also get free individual tutoring from the Tutoring Center located in Scoville 202 (x4017) or visit any of the Language Assistants during their office hours. Language Assistant office hours are every evening from Sunday to Thursday in the Language Laboratory.

Daily attendance policy:

All foreign language departments have a policy of allowing a maximum of 5 absences per term. Students may miss no more than 5 classes and still be able to pass any course in the 101-204 sequence. This includes the L.A. sessions as well. (Exceptions may be made in case of hospital or other extreme circumstances approved in writing by the Dean of Students.)


After each class, your professor will assign homework from the CD-ROM, or the Audio-CD to reinforce what has been done in class. You will need to do these assignments before the next class (Tuesday, Thursday or Monday); you will have 10 to 12 unannounced quizzes based on the Dasher exercises (homework) during the Tuesday, Thursday sessions at the beginning of the class (5', 5 sentences, 5 points); you will not be able to make up these quizzes if you are absent or late, but you will be able to drop the grades of 2 of the quizzes at the end of the term.


To improve your writing skills, there will be a written composition at the end of every chapter. Your composition must be one page, typed, and double-spaced (about 300 words). You will be expected to use the vocabulary and grammar material of the lesson previously studied. The instructor will not correct the composition for you, but will instead give you directions on how to make your own corrections according to the following key. The corrections will be due three days after you receive your composition (Friday after a Monday return date, for example). You will not receive a grade if the composition is not corrected. All the computers in the MLC and the computer lab have a copy of Système-D and Sans-Faute Grammaire which are writing tools in French. This type of software has vocabulary and grammar functions which will help you make corrections. There will be a small workshop at the beginning of the term to familiarize you with these electronic resources.

Important tips:

You must write and proof-read the first draft of the composition on your own. You may ask one of the Language Assistants for help only for the final draft and under certain conditions: you will need to bring your original copy annotated by your professor, as well as your second draft, already corrected by yourself, with questions about your corrections. You must hand in your original draft with the final draft in order to receive a grade. The grade you earn on a first draft may be improved up to the next grade (A- to A for example) with a thorough revision. Lack of significant revisions may lower your grade. Please save all your work on a personal diskette if you are working in a Carleton lab in order to be able to edit your essays.


There will be regular 50 minute-long quizzes at the end of every lesson, thoroughly covering previously learned material. You can review with other students, go to the French Language Assistants evening office hours in Sayles or come to your instructor's office hours for additional help.

Final exams:

Period 1: Monday, November 22 8:30-10:30

Period 2: Friday, November 19 12:00-2:00

Period 4: Saturday, November 20 7:00-9:00 p.m.

You may take the final exam at any of these three times, but you must let your professor know of your chosen time before the end of classes and sign up for it.

Exams will be graded according to the following percentage standards:

A: 92-100% C: 75-83%

B: 84-91% D: 67-74%

Course grade:

The final grade will be determined by the following guidelines:

Compositions (5) 25%

Participation/preparation (includes homework) 20%

Tests (5) 40%

Final (comprehensive) 15%

Language Lab:

Each lesson has an audio section designed to improve your listening and speaking skills. You may use the language lab computer room to work with your audio-CD and the multi-media CD-ROM. To take full advantage of these programs you will need a computer with a microphone for certain exercises.

Parish House, French table, French movies:

Take advantage of all the activities sponsored by the French Department to put your language skills to use and to explore Francophone culture in a relaxed atmosphere. Parish House hosts several events during the term: from occasional parties, to weekly teas, dance lessons and movie performances. The French table will enable you to try out your French at lunch time with other students.


French accents and quotation marks on the Mac


* Accent aigu é Press Option and hit "e". Release both keys and type 'e" again.

* Accent grave è/à/ù Press Option and hit "`". Release both keys and type "e", "a" or "u".

* Accent circonflexe â/ê/î/ô/û Press Option and hit "i". Release both keys and

type "a", "e", "i", "o" or "u".

* Tréma ï/ë/ü Press Option and hit "u". Release both keys and type "i", "e" or "u".

* c cédille ç Press Option and type "c".


French accents and quotation marks on the PC


Foreign accents can be accessed by pressing the ALT key + selected numbers.

*Remember: the Number lock key must be on.

é - ALT + 130 É - ALT + 0201 ï - ALT + 139 Ï - ALT + 0207 à - ALT + 133 À - ALT + 0192

è - ALT + 138 È - ALT + 0200 î - ALT + 140 Î - ALT + 0206 â - ALT + 131 Â - ALT + 1094

ê - ALT + 136 Ê - ALT + 0202 û - ALT + 150 Û - ALT0219 ô - ALT + 147 Ô - ALT + 0212

ë - ALT + 137 Ë - ALT + 0203 ù - ALT + 151 Ù - ALT0217 ç - ALT + 135 Ç - ALT + 0199


Additional characters can be obtained by going to the Character Map under Start/Accessories/Character Map.




1 - Genre (masculin, féminin)

2 - Nombre (singulier, pluriel)

3 - Préposition

4 - Syntaxe

5 - Vocabulaire

6 - Orthographe (spelling)

7 - Conjugasion du verbe

8 - Article défini

9 - Article indéfini

10 - Article partitif

11 - Pronom sujet

12 - Pronom objet

13 - Pronom relatif

14 - Pronom indéfini

15 - pronom tonique

16 - Adjectif

17 - Adjectif/pronom démonstratif

18 - Adjectif/pronom interrogatif

19 - Adjectif/pronom possessif

20 - Adverbe

21 - Adverbe interrogatif

22 - Auxiliaire

23 - Avant/Après

24 - Conditionnel présent

25 - Conditionnel passé

26 - Formation de la question

27 - C'est/il est

28 - Savoir/connaître

29 - Contraction

30 - Présent

31 - Futur

32 - Futur proche

33 - Imparfait

34 - Impératif

35 - Négation

36 - Participe présent

37 - Participe passé

38 - Passé immédiat

39 - Passé composé

40 - Plus-que-parfait

41 - Subjonctif présent

42 - Subjonctif passé

43 - Verbe pronominal

44 - Nombres

45 - Imparfait/passé composé

46 - Subordination/coordination

47 - Infinitif présent/passé

48 - Anglicismes

49- Expression de temps/pendant, depuis

50- voix passive

51- Conjonctions (que, parce que, lorsque, etc.)

P - Ponctuation

-- à enlever, pas nécessaire

Circled -accent à ajouter ou enlever

ending underlined - Accord (agreement)