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FRENCH 2Z06A Begin. Intensive French II

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Joëlle Papillon


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 529

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24868

Office Hours: TBA

Course Objectives:

FR 2Z06 is for students who completed FR 1Z06 or Grade 11 French in high school. Students who completed Grade 12 French or who took French immersion cannot take FR 2Z06; they should be in FR 1A06. True beginners and students who completed the equivalent of grade 9 or 10 French should 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 designed to enable students to master the grammatical structures and vocabulary of the French language which are necessary to express opinions both in writing and orally, and to be able to participate in discussions in a confident manner.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Textbook, activities manual and website package:

Michèle Bissière and Nathalie Degroult. Séquences : Intermediate French through Film, 3rd edition, Cengage Learning, 2016.

Access to the textbook, activities manual and website material will be necessary to do homework.

Method of Assessment:


Tests                                                                           40%

Test 1 – Friday, October 7th                                        10%

Test 2 – Thursday, November 24th                              10%

Test 3 – Thursday, February 2nd                                 10%

Test 4 – Thursday, March 23rd                                     10%

  • The tests are not cumulative; they each cover the grammar and vocabulary elements of two chapters. There are no essays to write. Length: 50 minutes.


Essays                                                                        15%

Essay 1 (250 words) – Due Sunday, November 27th               7.5%

Essay 2 (250 words) – Due Sunday, March 19th                      7.5%

  • The essays will be handed in electronically through the dropbox (“Assignments”) on Avenue to Learn. Essays must be received before midnight to be considered on time. Late essays are subject to a penalty of 2% per day including weekends.


Video recordings                                                       15%

Video recording 1 (1 min.) – Due Sunday, Oct. 23rd   2.5%                   

Video recording 2 (2 min.) – Due Sunday, Nov. 13th  5%                              

Video recording 3 (1 min.) – Due Sunday, Jan. 22nd    2.5%

Video recording 4 (2 min.) – Due Sunday, April 2nd    5%

  • The video recordings will be recorded and handed in electronically through the dropbox (“Assignments”) on Avenue to Learn. Recordings must be received before midnight to be considered on time. Late recordings are subject to a penalty of 2% per day including weekends.


Final exam                                                                   20%

  • The final exam is cumulative; it covers the grammar and vocabulary elements of all chapters discussed in class. There are no essays to write. Length: 2 hours.


Participation                                                                10%

  • The participation mark takes into account students’ attendance, preparedness (lessons reviewed and homework done prior to class), willingness to engage in in-class exercises, and oral participation in class.

Please note that there is NO MIDTERM EXAM in this course.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

  1. There will be NO MAKEUP TESTS for students who are absent or do poorly.
    1. If a student is absent on the day of a test, s/he must submit a MSAF to the instructor within 72 hours (3 days) of the missed test. Upon reception of a valid MSAF, the grade received on the next test will be worth 20% instead of 10%.
    2. Students who are absent on the day of the final exam must contact their Academic Advisors immediately (MSAFs are disabled during exam periods).
  2. The essays and video recordings will be handed in electronically through the dropbox (“Assignments”) on Avenue to Learn. They must be received before midnight on Sundays. Late essays are subject to a PENALTY OF 2% PER DAY including weekends. Students cannot use a MSAF to replace an essay or recording.

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.

Other Course Information:

FR 2Z06 combines grammatical explanations and written exercises to oral practice. However, this course emphasizes the acquisition of communicational skills over the mastery of details of a linguistic nature. Movies in French (with English subtitles) will be watched and discussed at length in class.