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FRENCH 1Z06A Begin. Intensive French I

Academic Year: Fall 2015

Term: MTA

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Dr. Joëlle Papillon


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 529

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24868

Office Hours: T.B.A.

Course Objectives:

FR 1Z06 is for true beginners and students who have completed the equivalent of grade 9 French in high school. Students who have completed grade 10, 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 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:


20%:  2 best tests out of 3 - Fall

20%:  Midterm exam                                          


20%:  2 best tests out of 3 – Winter 

25%:  Final exam   

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

10%:  Attendance and participation in class 

5%:  Homework

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:

Please note that the instructors and coordinator CANNOT help students change section. All section changes are to be done by the student through the Mosaic system. If the desired section is full, students will not be able to join said section.