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Elementary French

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2017
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

section 01 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8-8:50 

section 02 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00-11:50

Dr. Stuart Allan McClintock (view Profile)


vis a vis, 4th edition
vis a vis 4th edition
Course Objectives

The goal of this course is to begin to be able to speak, understand, write, and read the French language. We gradually move towards total immersion as the year progresses.. We will also study francophone (French-speaking) cultures. Further we will study the fundamental building blocks of all languages through the study of one particular language.

Grading Standards


Office Hours: M,T, Th, F 9-11am and Tuesday/Thursday 2-3 and by appt.

Further, I am often in my office outside of office hours, and you are welcome if I am there.

Required TextsVis-à-vis, 4th edition and accompanying 4th edition workbook

Homework: Homework is due at the beginning of class; no work is accepted after class. If you are absent, turn in assignment the day you return. Please submit neat work that is legible, without cross-outs, and on one side of paper. Sloppy work will be returned with a zero.

Quizzes: Quizzes are administered at the beginning of class. No make-up quizzes are given for late students. Quizzes are usually announced; however pop quizzes will also be administered. If you are absent, you may make up your quiz, but you must be ready to do it at the beginning of the class to which you return. It is your responsibility to follow through on making up the quiz.

Grade: Lab                                                                                                           10%

           Attendance                                                                                                10%

           Quizzes,                                                                                                      10%

           Daily work (25% of this grade is your oral work)                                 10%

           Tests                                                                                                            40%

           Final                                                                                                              20%

Lab homework: Each chapter has a lab assignment made up of two parts to be done in the language lab in Moffett Library . (It is not the lab assignment in the workbook.) The two parts must be completed in one seating because you hand in your work when you leave. The first part is a dictation (dictée). You listen to the tape and write in French the paragraph that is spoken. The second part of the lab tape is made up of questions or prompts. You write the answers to these questions/prompts in full sentences in French. You may listen to the tape as many times as you like. When you have finished, recopy your paragraph and answers neatly and hand them in to the lab assistant. The lab assistant is instructed to only accept work done in the lab. You should do the lab at the end of the second week of the chapter. I collect the lab work at noon following the day of the chapter test, which is the day we start the next chapter. (Chapter 1 lab is due 9/7.) You do not consult with  anyone about any part of the lab.

Extra Credit:You can do something related to French for extra credit to replace a poor grade for homework, quiz, or lab (not a test). It can be just about anything such as going to a museum with French art, reading a French novel, or watching a French movie. Write up what you've done and submit it. The bigger the project, the more it's worth. You may do a maximum of two extra credit projects. See me for details.



Final Exam 12/13/2017 1-3
Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Absence policy: Attendance is mandatory. A student will be dropped after six unexcused absences. Only an excused absence, defined as a university-sponsored event, is not counted as an absence. After second absence, attendance grade is lowered five points, then five points per absence after for the next three absences. Attendance grade will then be dropped ten points for each absence beyond the fifth. Repeated late arrival will count as an absence as well. I will try to warn you when you are approaching the limit, but you are responsible for knowing how many absences you have. A student with perfect attendance or one absence is given an extra ten points on his/her attendance grade.

Other Policies



French at Midwestern:

1. There is a French Club open to anybody interested in francophone (French speaking) culture.

2. There is a French minor and a French area of concentration at Midwestern. You must take a minimum of four advanced courses for the minor and six advanced courses for the area of concentration. Those interested in teaching will do the area of concentration. If you are interested, see me for details.

3.  There is a $2,000 scholarship given every year for a French minor. Those planning to use scholarship money to study French or travel in a francophone country are given priority.

4. We have a chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the French National Honor society. To qualify for membership, you must have completed one advanced French course with an average of 3.00. There are scholarships for study in France and Canada for members.

5. MSU has a four-week program in Tours, France starting May 26 for which you can get credit for six hours of French. A presentation about this program will be made early in this semester.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at