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University of Mississippi
Department of Modern Languages
  3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Lorena Fonseca

Lorena Fonseca

Dr. Fonseca is a lecturer of French at the Modern Languages Department in The University of Mississippi.

She has a joint PhD in Discourse Analysis from both Lumières-Lyon II (France) and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil).

Contact Information:

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

The study of French language is an opportunity for students to enrich themselves both linguistically and culturally. Since about 40% of English words are adopted from French, native speakers of English find that close study of French builds their English vocabulary, and since French is a Romance language, native speakers of Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and other Romance languages find that French grammar looks very familiar to them.

Mix in the opportunity to study the cultures of not only mainland France but also West Africa, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia, and one realizes that the French language is a gateway to an extensive, global community and an exciting opportunity for students of the Humanities, Business, Law, Medicine, and the Social Sciences.

Textbook Information:


You must purchase MYFRENCH LAB:
MYFRENCHLAB for Chez Nous. Branché sur le Monde Francophone.
Fourth Edition. ISBN 978-0205215072

Students can access all of the pages of the manual, audio resources, video clips and workbook at
To enroll in MyFrenchLab, go to

  1. On the Registration page, click on "Student"

  2. The next screen asks: Do you have an access code?

    • If you have an access code, click Yes, then go to step 3.

    • If you do not have an access code, click No, and follow the instructions to purchase the access code.

    • You will need to select the "Chez Nous" book. Read "Terms of Agreement" and click "Accept" Under "Do you have a Pearson account?", check "No."

    • Create a login and password.

  3. Enter the access code that you purchased.

  4. Under "Do you have a Course ID from your instructor?", check "Yes" and enter the ID: CRSKLHT-6018788

  5. Click "Next" Complete the other steps. Confirm your registration.


You don't need to purchase the physical book for there is an e-book in MYFRENCHLAB but you can buy it if you feel more comfortable studying from a physical manual.

If you would like to purchase the physical textbook:
Chez nous: Branché sur le monde francophone
(4th Edition) by Albert Valdman, Cathy Pons and Mary Ellen Scullen (Jan 23, 2009) 978-0135033678

It is your responsibility to order your textbook. Online retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

Use the ISBN number to make sure you're ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

French 102 is an introductory course in French. Intended for those who have not previously studied the language, it fulfills the same objectives as the course presented in the classroom which is to introduce you to French language in as much of a communicative way as possible online.

The course is designed to develop the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), as well as the "fifth skill", culture. In order to become a better speaker of French, the listening activities recommended in each lesson are essential, and you should listen to it as much as possible.

Preferably, while in the course, you should do some French everyday; reading, listening and writing assignments, or just leafing through the lessons. It is important that you gradually increase your vocabulary and become more and more comfortable with the language. An additional aim is to help students acquire and appreciate the history and culture of the francophone world. This course is followed by French 201, in which these goals are furthered through continued study of the language.

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  • to develop your French listening skills

  • to develop your French speaking skills

  • to develop your ability to read French

  • to develop your ability to write French

  • to help you acquire and appreciate the history and culture of the francophone world

Course Outline:

This course is divided into twelve lessons, each of which contains the following sections:

POWER POINT PRESENTATION! Here the student will find a lecture for each lesson with interactive recorded content. Go through your PPT before starting doing the homework. It contains valuable information for you to succeed in your assignment.

Test yourself. This is a collection of websites with online activities for extra practice. The completion of these activities is optional. If you chose to complete any of them, please copy and paste the address in a new window.


  • Devoir Écrit. Written homework to be submitted for grade. All lessons have written homework to submit and you need to have your workbook open to complete the Homework because it follows the pages of your book. All submitted activities will be checked by your instructor whether they are machine graded or not. Therefore, if your answer is fully or partially acceptable but the machine didn't recognize it, your instructor will update your grade.

    Accent marks are part of French language, therefore their use in your homework is mandatory. There are dozens of websites that teach "How to add accent marks". Here is one that I like:

  • Sons et lettres. Only some lessons have this which is a voice recording. This is where the student will show to the instructor that he/she is learning how to pronounce the words in French. The exercises in pronunciation will be voice recorded.

  • MyFrenchLab. Only some lessons have these assignments which are submitted through MyFrenchLab. IMPORTANT! These assignments which are submitted through MyFrenchLab and are self paced but it is recommended that the student completes each chapter on MyFrenchLab lessons as he completes the same chapter in the workbook. For example, at lesson 4, the student will submit his last homework for chapter 4 before moving to chapter 5. At this point, it is recommended but not mandatory that the student completes chapter 4 on MyFrenchLab. IMPORTANT! You only need to do what is assigned on MyFrenchLab by your teacher. Go to Course Materials, select a chapter (chapter 4, 5 or 6), and select Student Activities Manual. All due activities for that chapter will be listed.

Please let me know if you need any assistance.

Lessons & Exams

Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

Lesson One

Chapitre 4, Leçon 1: La routine de la journée

Devoir Écrit, Sons et lettres

Lesson Two

Chapitre 4, Leçon 2: A quelle heure?

Devoir Écrit

Lesson Three

Chapitre 4, Leçon 3: Qu'est-ce qu'on met?

Devoir Écrit, Sons et lettres

Lesson Four

Chapitre 4, Venez Chez Nous: La vie de tous les jours à travers le monde francophone

Devoir Écrit, MyFrenchLab recommended

Lesson Five

Chapitre 5, Leçon 1: Qu'est-ce que vous prenez?

Devoir Écrit, Sons et lettres

Lesson Six

Chapitre 5, Leçon 2: A table!

Devoir Écrit, Sons et lettres

Lesson Seven

Chapitre 5, Leçon 3: Faisons des courses.

Devoir Écrit

Mid Course Exam

Lessons 1 thru 8

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Lesson Eight

Chapitre 5, Venez Chez Nous : Traditions gastronomiques.

Devoir Écrit, MyFrenchLab recommended

Lesson Nine

Chapitre 6, Leçon 1: La vie en ville.

Devoir Écrit, Sons et lettres

Lesson Ten

Chapitre 6, Leçon 2: Je suis chez moi.

Devoir Écrit, Sons et lettres

Lesson Eleven

Chapitre 6, Leçon 3: La vie à la campagne.

Devoir Écrit

Lesson Twelve

Chapitre 6, Venez Chez Nous: A la découverte de la France.

Devoir Écrit, MyFrenchLab recommended

Oral Exam

ORAL EXAM: Add 30 minutes extra to the time scheduled for the final exam.

To be recrorded at the time of the final exam

Final Exam

Lessons 9 thru 12

To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit


The GRADING SCALE will be based upon a ten point grade system:

100 - 90 = A
89 - 80 = B
79 - 70 = C
69 - 60 = D
Less Than 60 = F

Grading Information
Devoir ecrit (Homework Assignments):20%
Recordings: 10%
MyFrenchLab: 20%
Oral exam: 10%
Mid-Course Exam (Lessons 1 thru 8) : 20%
Final Exam (Lessons 9 thru 12): 20%

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