Lake Superior State University

FR 352 Advanced Conversation & Composition II

Spring  2005


Course Description


Extensive reading, debating, writing related to contemporary issues within the francophone world as expressed in books, newspapers, films, and television programs.  Further practice of translation and interpretation.  Course conducted in French.





Help students achieve a sufficient level of competency in speaking French as spoken by a proficient speaker at normal conversational tempo on non-technical general topics, and to write well structured compositions, essays, reports, letters, in clear, concise style, exempt from spelling mistakes.




1.                  Directed reading of a contemporary French play

2.                  Condensed narrative writing from the play

3.                  Presentations and discussions fron French TV programs

4.                  Presentations and debates from French weekly press

5.                  Exercises of translation-interpretation

6.                  Oral presentations from film sequences

7.                  Final examination


Texts and audio-visual material:


            Marcel Pagnol, César, Edition Le Fallois, Paris

            Weekly magazines:  L’Express, Le Nouvel Observateur

            Television programs:  TV5

            Long-feature movie:  César




                                    Attendance and participation                             20%

                                    Narrative writing from the play                          20%

                                    Translation-interpretation                                  10%

                                    Presentations and debates                                 30%

                                    Oral presentations from film sequences              10%

                                    Final examination                                              10%



Disability Services and Accommodation for Students:


              In compliance with Lake Superior State University policy and equal access laws, disability-related accommodations or services are available.  Students who desire such services are to meet with the professor in a timely manner, preferably the first week of class, to discuss their disability-related needs.  Students will not receive services until they register with the Resource Center for Students with Disabilities (RCSD).  Proper registration will enable the RCSD to verify the disability and determine reasonable academic accommodations.  RCSD is located in South Hall Office 206.  The telephone number is (906) 635-2454.


Academic Misconduct:


              Scholastic misconduct may be cause for a failing grade, and information may be placed about the incident in the student’s permanent file in the Office of Academic Affairs.  Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on assignments or examinations, plagiarizing, misrepresenting work, or interfering with someone else’s work.


                                                                          Instructor:       Dr. Marcel E. Pichot

                                                                          Office:             Library 318

                                                                          Hours: Wednesdays 9-12 then 1:00-2:00

                                                                          Telephone:      (906) 635-2118