Communication et Culture II

FREN P17/3.0

This French course is aimed at students with a basic knowledge of French and is designed to supplement their language skills by enabling them to further engage in everyday interactions. At the end of the course students will be able to engage in everyday interactions using and understanding frequently used expressions: i.e. provide and exchange basic personal information about themselves and their family; provide and exchange basic information about their background, employment and the local geography; shop and ask for basic information concerning everyday and routine matters.

Description

This course is designed to supplement your basic language skills in French by allowing you to engage in everyday interactions using and understanding frequently used expressions.

There will be opportunities to regularly interact with classmates and your instructor or teaching assistants throughout the course using the Elluminate web conferencing platform and Moodle discussion boards. However, your success will rely very much on your own personal efforts. You are expected to cover a large amount of material and make use of the numerous resources provided through Tell Me More, an excellent language learning program. I have divided the material into 12 weekly units of a reasonable size to guide you through the course. Nonetheless, the course will require a considerable commitment of your time. It is therefore important that you pace yourself to keep up with the different units and not fall behind.

In each unit you will watch short video clips, view images, listen to native speakers and have an opportunity to practice speaking and writing through a range of reading, writing, listening and pronunciation exercises.

Evaluation

Students will be required to take an on-line test at the beginning and at the end of their course program. The tests will not count toward their final mark.

AssignmentsWeight
Tell Me More on-line syllabus (exercises and assignments)30%
Online quizzes & group assignments10%
1 Moodle mid-term10%
1 oral presentation25%
Group (Tutorial) Assignments10%
1 online final exam15%

The course is divided into 12 units, one for each week of the session. For each unit you will be covering a different theme in your Tell Me More online Training program. You will also be assigned specific supplementary exercises in the Workshop section of your Tell Me More online Resource folder.

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.

Topics

P17/3.0 requires students to submit assignments online on Queen's Moodle site. The course Moodle page becomes accessible to registered students on the first day of term.

This course is delivered using Tell Me More, a software program designed to teach language skills, pronunciation, and conversation.

Course Topics

  • Un petit déjeuner
  • Thé ou café
  • Au restaurant
  • Choisirun dessert
  • Réserver une villa
  • Découvrir sa villa
  • Allô, la météo?
  • Pluie ou soleil?
  • Préparer un dîner
  • Mettre le couvert
  • Si on sortait!
  • Au concert

Instructor

This course is designed to supplement your basic language skills in French by allowing you to engage in everyday interactions using and understanding frequently used expressions.

There will be opportunities to regularly interact with classmates, myself, and teaching assistants throughout the course using the Elluminate web conferencing platform and Moodle discussion boards.  However, your success will rely very much on your own personal efforts. You are expected to cover a large amount of material and make use of the numerous resources provided through Tell Me More, an excellent language learning program.  I have divided the material into 12 weekly units of a reasonable size to guide you through the course. Nonetheless, the course will require a considerable commitment of your time. It is therefore important that you pace yourself to keep up with the different units and not fall behind.

In each unit you will watch short video clips, view images, listen to native speakers and have an opportunity to practice speaking and writing through a range of reading, writing, listening and pronunciation exercises.

Good luck with the course!

Catherine Dhavernas
E-mail: dhaverna@queensu.ca

Time Commitment

Success in this type of course relies heavily on the students’ personal efforts. Since students will be expected to cover a large amount of material and make use of the numerous resources provided on their own, it is important that they pace themselves appropriately to keep up with the different units. Students who are unable to set aside sufficient time to work on the various online course components on a regular basis will have difficulty completing this course satisfactorily. In addition, students may find that they need to work through elements of each unit a number of times in order to perform at an appropriate level. As a general rule, students should expect to spend about 8-12 hours/wk (or on each assigned unit).

Course Resources

About SOLUS

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About MOODLE

Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s are 1 April (for May summer term), 1 June (for July summer term), 1 August (for fall term), and 1 December (for winter term). All documents must be received by the 15th of the month following the deadline. You can register for a course up to one week after the start of the course. See also Dates and Deadlines.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.