Julia R. Herschensohn
Problems of French grammar. Differences between forms and structures of French and English. Problems of effective teaching of French. Prerequisite: FRENCH 303.
This course aims to provide the student with a knowledge of grammatical terminology, especially with respect to French; the ability to use a traditional French grammar as a research tool; an understanding of the grammatical differences due to register; and a familiarity with difficulties of translation from English to French.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course combines presentations by the professor of traditional approaches to grammar and use of research tools with hands-on exercises on the grammar points in question. Examples of register differences are presented in video clips and audio segments. Each student does an oral resume of an article. The course is taught in French.
French 303 or equivalent.
Class assignments and grading
There are four quizzes, an oral presentation (5 minutes) and a written summary (2 pp.) of an article on a difficult point of French grammar. There are four "Travaux pratiques" to be turned in on the days of the quizzes, the last of which has a 2 pp. supplement of research on a difficult grammar point of the student's choice.
The final grade is based on the following: Quizzes: 15% each = 60% Oral / written presentation: 20% Travaux pratiques: 20%