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FRENCH 1Z06A Beginner Intensive French I

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Dr. Joëlle Papillon


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 529

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24868

Office Hours: TBA

Course Objectives:

FR 1Z06 is for true beginners and students who have completed the equivalent of grade 9 or 10 French in high school. Students who have completed grade 11 or 12 French or who have taken French immersion CANNOT TAKE FR 1Z06. Please communicate with the French Department’s Undergraduate Chair if you are unsure which course you should be in.

This course has been created to develop the four language skills (writing, reading, speaking and listening). The aim is to develop mastery of basic structures and vocabulary of the French language. On successful completion of this course, students should be able to communicate accurately in everyday simple situations.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Textbook and website package with online exercises:

Evelyne Amon et al. Vis-à-vis: Beginning French, 2nd Canadian edition, McGraw-Hill, 2015.

Students are free to purchase the paper or online edition of the textbook. Access to the textbook and website material will be necessary to do classwork and homework.

Method of Assessment:


2 best tests out of 3 - Fall                                            20%

Midterm exam                                                             20%


2 best tests out of 3 – Winter                                      20%

Final exam                                                                   20%

Continuing (points in this section are accumulated throughout the year)

15 best quizzes out of 17 – lectures                             7%

Attendance and participation – tutorials                     8%

Homework                                                                  5%

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

There will be NO MAKEUP QUIZZES, TESTS OR EXAMS for students who are absent on the dates of the quizzes, tests or exams.

  1. Students must NOT use MSAFs to account for missed quizzes; students can miss up to two quizzes with no penalty.
  2. Students must take the tests with their section (i.e. students are NOT allowed to momentarily change sections in order to take a test).
  3. If a student misses one test during a term (fall or winter), the two remaining tests for that term will automatically count as the “2 best tests” of this term. No MSAF is necessary.
  4. If a student misses two tests during a term (fall or winter), the student must submit a MSAF to their T.A. within 72 hours (3 days) of the second missed test. Upon reception of a valid MSAF, the T.A. will agree to use the grade received on the remaining test as the sole base for that term test mark (i.e. this test will be worth 20%). If no MSAF is provided, a grade of “zero” will be received on one of the term tests; the other term test will count for 50% of the semester test mark.
  5. If a student misses all the tests in one term (fall or winter), the student will receive a grade of “zero” on the tests for that term, regardless of MSAFs.
  6. Under no circumstances will results to tests be transfered between terms (i.e. a result on a test in the fall cannot count towards the winter test mark, and vice versa).
  7. Following a missed exam (midterm or final), students must contact their Academic Advisors immediately (MSAFs are disabled during exam periods).

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.