In this class you will work to improve your oral comprehension as well as your ability to speak in French. All activities in this course are geared to help you achieve the greatest possible improvement in your spoken French. You will receive intensive conversational practice in a small group setting and your classes will be conducted by a native speaker of French. These classes will also involve discussions of French customs and will stress the development of situational vocabulary.
Because this is a conversation lab course, your attendance will have a significant impact on your grade. Come to class prepared and be ready to participate! You have enrolled in this course because you want to improve your command of French—this will only be possible if you make the dedicated decision to actively involve yourself in the class. Don't hesitate because you might make a mistake. Don't be shy. Jump right in!
Because of the nature of a conversation lab, your on-going commitment is more important than one or two large exams given over the course of the semester.
Vocabulary quizzes (every other week) 40%
Oral participation 20%
Oral presentations (five to seven minutes each) 30%
Final exam 10%
*Be prepared to participate each day. Students who never speak will be penalized.
*You will need to prepare three short presentations for this class. The topics are open! You should see me about scheduling a time for each of your presentations. Students who are not ready on the day of their scheduled presentation will lose a letter for each day the presentation is late.
* N.B. Each unexcused absence will lower your final average by 2 points.