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Fr 102 IS, Elementary French 2, Sec 2

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 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.

A MyFrenchLab card is to be purchased online. MyFrenchLab access is required.

To enroll in MYFRENCHLAB, follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to
  2. On the Registration page, click on "Student"
  3. The next screen asks: Do you have an access code?
  4. If you have an access code, click Yes then go to step 6.
  5. If you do not have an access code, click "no" and follow instructions to purchase the access code. You will need to select the "Chez Nous" book.
  6. Read "Terms of Agreement" and click "Accept"
  7. Under "Do you have a Pearson account?", check "No"
  8. Create a login and password.
  9. Enter the access code that you purchased.
  10. Under "Do you have a Course ID from your instructor?", check "Yes" and enter the ID: CRSKLHT-6018788
  11. Click "Next"
  12. Complete the other steps.
  13. Confirm your registration.

If you would like to purchase the physical textbook:
Chez nous: BranchÈ 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 textbook retailers such as or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

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

Semester Midpoint Requirements

Requirements for semester students: (Note: this does not apply to Flex (asynchronous) students. If you are unsure of your status, the information appears in your gradebook.)

  1. Complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.
  2. Reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your orientation information. Any lesson assignment or exam needed to reach the midpoint but not completed by the midpoint deadline will receive a grade of zero.
  3. The last day to submit lessons and complete course exams (other than the final) is the last day of class per the UM Registrarís academic calendar.
  4. The final exam must be taken by the last day of finals week.

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):

  1. Emphasizing communication developed through authentic language samples and tasks
  2. Encouraging cultural comparisons
  3. Presenting a broad cross section of French-speaking communities
  4. Fostering connections by guiding students through a variety of disciplines, including history, geography, art, and literature
  5. Promoting skill development within a distinctive cultural framework

Course Outline:

This course consists of 12 instructional modules (or lessons).

Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Pacing Guide
to complete the course in one semester
Start Here

*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.*NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz
Week 1
Discussion board
Week 1

Chapter 4, Lesson 1

Recording assignment, Written Assignment
Week 1

Chapter 4, Lesson 2

Written Assignment
Week 2

Chapter 4, Lesson 3

Recording assignment, Written Assignment
Week 3

Chapter 4, Venez Chez Nous

Written Assignment, MyFrenchLab
Week 4
Chapter 5, Lesson 1
Recording assignment, Written Assignment
Week 5

Chapter 5, Lesson 2

Recording assignment, Written Assignment
Week 6

If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your orientation information.

If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your orientation information.

Chapter 5, Lesson 3

Written Assignment
Week 7
Chapter 5, Venez Chez Nous
Written Assignment, MyFrenchLab
Week 8
Midcourse Exam
Covers lessons 1-8
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 9

Chapter 6, Lesson 1

Recording assignment, Written Assignment
Week 10
Chapter 6, Lesson 2
Recording assignment, Written Assignment
Week 12

Chapter 6, Lesson 3

Written Assignment
Week 13
Chapter 6, Venez Chez Nous Written Assignment, MyFrenchLab Week 14
Final Oral Exam
The Final Oral Exam is a timed listen-and-respond test. It is not proctored but once begun must be completed. The test will auto-submit at the end of 10 minutes. The test must be submitted before you take the final exam. Final Oral Exam Week 14-15
Final Exam
Comprehensive exam from all chapters (ensure all work is completed and graded prior to scheduling this exam)
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 15


93 - 100% = A
90 - 92% = A-
87 - 89% = B+
83 - 86% = B
80 - 82% = B-
77 - 79% = C+
73 - 76% = C
70 - 72% = C-
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F

Grading Information
Devoir Ecrit (Homework Assignments) 10%
Recordings 10%
MyFrenchLab 10%
Midcourse Exam 30%
Final Exam 30%
Oral Exam 10%
TOTAL 100%


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded!

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