FRENCH 4A03 Language Practice (C01)
Academic Year: Winter 2019
Instructor: Dr. Nicholas Serruys
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 525
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23756
Office Hours: Disponibilités sur rendez-vous
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Other Course Information
Perfectionnement du français selon la compréhension et la production orales et écrites, en
envisageant d’atteindre le niveau C2 du Cadre européen commun de référence :
L’apprenant « [p]eut comprendre sans effort pratiquement tout ce qu’il/elle lit ou entend.
[L’apprenent] [p]eut restituer faits et arguments de diverses sources écrites et orales en les résumant
de façon cohérente. [L’apprenent] [p]eut s’exprimer spontanément, très couramment et de façon
précise et peut rendre distinctes de fines nuances de sens en rapport avec des sujets complexes. »
(voir le manuel du cours : Dominique Chavallier-Wixler, et al., Réussir le Dalf, p. 130).
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
TEXTES RECOMMANDÉS :
Le Petit Robert. Dictionnaire de la langue française.
Collins/Robert. Dictionnaire français-anglais/English-French Dictionary.
Nous avons mis à votre disposition un logiciel, *Aller bon train*, qui vous permettra de remédier à
vos faiblesses en grammaire. Pour télécharger et installer ce programme gratuit, consultez le site
Vous pourrez également utiliser *Bon patron*, un logiciel en ligne qui vérifiera la grammaire de vos
compositions : <http://bonpatron.com/>
AUTRES MÉDIAS RECOMMANDÉS (POUR AMÉLIORER VOTRE COMPRÉHENSION DU FRANÇAIS) :
Journaux et magazines :
Le Monde : www.lemonde.fr Le Devoir : www.ledevoir.com
L’Actualité : www.lactualite.com L’Express : www.lexpress.to
Chaînes de télévision et radios, disponibles sur Internet :
Radio-Canada (CJBC 860AM ; 90,3 FM) : www.radio-canada.ca/radio
TFO (TVOntario French) : www.tfo.org/cfmx/tfoorg/tfo/television
TVA (CFMT Montréal) : http://tva.canoe.com/groupetva
TV5 (France) : www.tv5.org/TV5Site/programmes/accueil_continent.php
France 2 : www.france2.fr
Method of Assessment:
SYSTÈME DE NOTATION :
- Participation 10%
- Devoirs x4 /2,5% chacun (veuillez voir l’horaire pour les dates d’échéance) 10%
- Épreuve de compréhension orale – le 24 janvier 10%
- Épreuve de production orale – le 7 ou le 14 février 20%
- Épreuve de compréhension écrite – le 14 mars 10%
- Épreuve de production écrite – le 28 mars 10%
- Examen final (date à déterminer entre le jeudi 11 et le lundi 29 avril) 30%
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
NOTE ON LECTURES, COURSE MATERIAL AND HOMEWORK:
This course is very fast-paced and intensive. In order to achieve greater proficiency in the
French language, you must keep up with weekly tasks and complete regular assignments. Any
language student must be prepared to do a fair quantity of supplementary research on
unfamiliar vocabulary and grammar, so much of your learning must be self-directed. Most
students will need to spend a minimum of six hours per week to excel in the course. You will
meet in class with your instructor for a three-hour session each week to deal with the material
you have prepared for class and for impromptu activities involving oral and written
comprehension and production. You should consider these contact hours as essential to your
progress and to your ultimate success in the course. In addition, you will need to spend at least
three hours per week completing and reviewing the textbook exercises. The points to be
covered in each class have been scheduled in advance in the program; it is to your advantage to
read over and begin studying the material before meetings. After class, a review of the
exercises from Réussir le Dalf will help you to apply and perfect your learning. It is your
responsibility to complete the proposed work in order to utilize and consolidate your learning
and to identify areas that will require further study.
DIRECTIONS POUR LA COMMUNICATION PAR COURRIEL :
It is the policy of the French Department that all E-mail communication between students
and instructors (including TAs) must originate from their official McMaster University
E-mail accounts. This policy protects the confidentiality and sensitivity of information
and confirms the identities of both the student and instructor. Messages that do not
originate from McMaster E-mail accounts will be deleted.
ÉTHIQUE ACADÉMIQUE :
Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and
can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a
notation on the transcript (a notation reading: “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 kinds of academic dishonesty, please refer to
the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3, located at:
The following illustrates just three forms of academic dishonesty:
1. Plagiarism, i.e. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been
2. Improper collaboration in group work.
3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:
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 www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
- Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
- Improper collaboration in group work.
- 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 mcmaster.ca/msaf/. 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 email@example.com. 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:
STUDENT ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES:
Student Accessibility Services offers various supports for students with disabilities. We work with
full time and part time students, as well as prospective students. SAS provides or assists them with
their academic and disability-related needs, including:
• Learning Strategies
• Assistive Technologies
• Test & Exam Administration
• Note Taking Programs
• Classroom Accommodations
• Groups and Events
For information on services or to make an appointment with a counselor, see the SAS website:
2019 Winter Term (62 days)
Classes begin Monday, January 7
Last day for enrolment (registration) and changes Tuesday, January 15
Mid-term recess Monday, February 18 to Sunday, February 24
Last day for cancelling courses without failure by default Friday, March 15
Test and Examination Ban Wednesday, April 3 to Wednesday, April 10
(no tests or exams may be held during this period)
Classes End Tuesday, April 9
Good Friday: No classes or examinations Friday, April 19
Final Examinations Thursday, April 11 to Monday, April 29
Deferred examinations Monday, June 24 to Thursday, June 27