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Conversation and Composition

Course Details

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Fall 2017
Prothro-Yeager Hall
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Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:50

Dr. Stuart Allan McClintock (view Profile)


Le Petit Nicholas
Course Objectives


Goals of the course: The title of the course is its primary purpose: to emphasize compositional and oral skills. The basis for our reading to generate conversation and provide subjects for composition will be Le Petit Nicholas


Language of instruction: There is only one way of learning a language: total immersion. That is, to speak, listen, read, and write in the target language. That is our goal.   

Grading Standards



            Quizzes                                                                       20%

            Oral participation                                                       20%

            Written work                                                               15%

            Final                                                                             15%

            Final paper and presentation                                  20%

           Attendance                                                                  10%

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.
Late Paper Policy


Homework: Due at the beginning of class; no work is accepted after class. Please submit neat work. Sloppy work will be handed back ungraded. Make sure to make up your work if you are absent. Below, I have given a fairly detailed list of assignments, but things can be added to it. You are responsible for knowing entirety of the assignment, so check with me if you absent from class.

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. Make sure to make up quizzes if you are absent.

Make-up work: Turn in work and take quizzes when you return to class. 

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 four unexcused absences. Only an excused absence, defined as a university-sponsored event, does not affect your grade or is not counted as an absence. After first absence, attendance grade is lowered ten points per absence. Repeated late arrival will count as an absence as well. If you are absent foe two consecutive classes, please let me know why you are not in class. Perfect attendance or one missed class gets ten points added to 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