Français 300

Composition and Conversation through the Cultural History of La Francophonie

Professeur : D. Kress
Tel. 869-5252
Heures de bureau: 3:30-4:30 mercredi

Texts : Online and photocopies

The goal of this course is to help you improve your written and spoken French through an intensive study of advanced grammar and vocabulary used in everyday life. In this course you will learn not only formal French structures taught in standard French classes, but vocabulary and structures used in daily life.


Services to Students with Disabilities:

It is the policy of Centenary College to accommodate students with disabilities pursuant to federal and state law and our commitment to equal educational opportunities. Students seeking support services/accommodations for a disability must first register with Disability Services (a division of the Counseling Center, 318-869-5466/5424, located on the ground floor of Rotary Hall) and should begin this process as early as possible. Students with accommodations approved through Disability Services are responsible for contacting the faculty member in charge of the course prior to or during the first days of the term to discuss needed accommodations. We will gladly make appropriate accommodations based on disability to ensure the playing field is and remains level for all students.

College Diversity Statement

Centenary College of Louisiana values human diversity in all its richly complex and multi-faceted forms, whether expressed through race and ethnicity, culture, political and social views, religious and spiritual beliefs, language and geographic characteristics, gender, gender identities and sexual orientations, learning and physical abilities, age, and social or economic classes.

1. You are expected to come to class prepared every day. Study the material specified on the syllabus or in class and be sure to write out the assignments! They will be graded.

2.  Keep in mind that all class work will be conducted orally in French and your attendance and participation will have a definite impact on your grade. The activities of listening to a language, speaking a language, and writing a language all demand active skills. This class will require your active participation.

A language course is different from other courses at the college because you work on oral communication skills. The only place you can work on these skills is in class. Other classes may not require your attendance because you can learn the material from the book; however, there is no substitute for the dynamic interaction that takes place between you and your teacher—a trained language acquisition specialist. For this reason this course has a strong policy on absences.

*Make ups: No make-ups for an unexcused absence are given.


Phrases à écrire 20%
Project 20%
Readings and Quizzes 20%
3 Exams 40%

N.B. For this course, each student will research one important individual or event and produce a written presentation about that person or event that will become part of an online encyclopedia written for students of French.


I. Semaine du 24 au 26 août


Les verbes au présent, Phrases à écrire

II. Semaine du 29 août au 2 septembre
lundi: Vercingétorix, Phrases à écrire!


Marie-Antoinette, Phrases à écrire

III. Semaine du 5 au 9 septembre

Labor Day! No Classes BUT! Sénégal: Saint-Louis et Gorée. Phrases à écrire

mercredi: La Bastille, Phrases à écrire

IV. Semaine du 12 au 16 septembre
lundi: Pasteur, Portrait d'un vissionnaire. Answer the quiz as you watch the film. You can watch the film as many times as you wish. N.B. You can turn on FRENCH subtitles, but not English ones. Use of English subtitles constitutes an honor code violation. Phrases à écrire
mercredi: Jacques Louis David, Phrases à écrire

V. Semaine du 19 au 23 septembre
lundi: Examen I
mercredi: Toussaint Louverture, You may watch the video as many times as you wish while you are taking the online quiz that accompanys the video. You can only take the quiz once so find the answers in the video as you take it! Phrases à écrire

VI. Semaine du 26 au 30 septembre
lundi: La Sainte Chapelle, You may watch the video as many times as you wish while you are taking the online quiz that accompanys the video. You can only take the quiz once so find the answers in the video as you take it! This important part of this video begins at 2:50 Phrases à écrire
mercredi: Robespierre, Phrases à écrire

VII. Semaine du 3 au 7 octobre
lundi: Jeanne d'Arc, You may watch the video as many times as you wish while you are taking the online quiz that accompanys the video. You can only take the quiz once so find the answers in the video as you take it! BEWARE! This video contains some serious mistakes! Be sure to read the comments that accompany it!
mercredi: Fouquier-Tinville, Phrases à écrire, Fall Break Begins!

VIII. Semaine du 10 au 14 octobre
lundi: Aveugle, arabe, et citoyen: Hamou Bouakkaz,  Phrases à écrire

Georges Jacques Danton, Phrases à écrire

IX. Semaine du 17 au 21 octobre

Mon tour du Maroc à pied: Anass Yakine, Phrases à écrire

Comte de Mirabeau, Phrases à écrire

X. Semaine du 24 au 28 octobre

Ça donnerait quoi si on prenait des cours de cerveau ?, Phrases à écrire

Examen II

XI. Semaine du 31 octobre au 4 novembre
lundi: Documentaire Congo, Phrases à écrire
mercredi: L'Homme qui plantait des arbres, Phrases à écrire

XII. Semaine du 7 au 11 novembre

Québec, une autre Amérique, Phrases à écrire

mercredi: Jean-Paul Marat, Phrases à écrire

XIII. Semaine du 14 au 18 novembre
lundi: Le Fleuve Congo, Phrases à écrire
mercredi: La République de Louisiane, Phrases à écrire,

XIV. Semaine du 21 au 25 novembre
lundi: Sally Nyolo - Graine de Tonnerre, Phrases à écrire
mardi: Thanksgiving Break! BUT! Je suis Charlie, film de Daniel Leconte, Netflix or Amazon

XV. Semaine du 29 novembre au 2 décembre

L’Amour qui réalise les rêves et qui ouvre les portes de la vie, Phrases à écrire

mercredi: Phénomène G, Phrases à écrire

XVI. Semaine du 5 au 9 décembre
lundi: Les Berbères: Hommes Libres, Phrases à écrire
mercredi: Terra, documentaire de Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Netflix or Amazon, Phrases à écrire