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Ikram Toumi


FR 601C • Beginning French

37120 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 800am-900am MEZ 1.208
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Beginning French. An intensive beginning course with an emphasis
on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Six
lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may
be counted: French 601C, 604, 506. Only one of the following may be
counted: French 601C, 604, 507, 508K.

FR 601C • Beginning French

36945 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm MEZ 1.202
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Beginning French. An intensive beginning course with an emphasis
on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Six
lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may
be counted: French 601C, 604, 506. Only one of the following may be
counted: French 601C, 604, 507, 508K.

FR 506 • First-Year French I

36240 • Fall 2010
Meets MTWTHF 200pm-300pm MEZ 2.122
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French 506, Spring 2010                                                      Bienvenue!

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Welcome to Français interactif, a unique first year French program developed at the University of Texas.  With the latest hypermedia technology, Français interactif helps you explore the French language and culture by following the lives of real UT students who participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. The UT students will introduce you to their French host families, their French university, and their lives in France.  Keep in mind as you watch these students that they were in your position only a year ago--enrolled in French 506 and 507!  This program shows you that it IS possible to learn French well enough to communicate with native speakers.


In addition to following the exploits of these UT students, you will also watch videos of native French speakers as well as scenes of day-to-day interactions (e.g., vendors in the market, waiters at a café, children getting ready to go to school, etc.)  These video-based materials give Français interactif an authenticity and immediacy lacking in most commercially produced textbooks. 


As its name implies, Français interactif emphasizes interaction: student/teacher, student/student, student/computer, and even student/native-speaker.  The goal of these materials is in its title: interaction in French!


French 506 is the first semester elementary French course at the University of Texas and assumes no previous knowledge of the language. French 506 is a four skills language class, i.e. it emphasizes listening, speaking, reading, and writing French.


Required Materials 


  • FR 506 text, Français interactif  available at


  • First Year French website: Francais interactif  ( includes videos and web activities as well as:


-recorded vocabulary lists and phonetic examples:  audio files are available on the website in downloadable mp3 format


    -links into Tex’s French Grammar (  UT French Department's on-line grammar resource includes grammar explanations, interactive exercises, audio files in mp3 format, a verb conjugation reference, and a verb tutor. 


Français interactif podcasts (optional):  Video and audio podcasts are available for viewing and listening in iTunes v5 or higher, on MacOS X and Windows platforms.  Podcasts can be transferred by iTunes to your iPod, for offline viewing and listening.  See (iTunes Podcasts) for more information.




  • Compact Oxford Hachette French/English Dictionary ISBN 0-19-864535X (at

                the Coop)




Preparation and participation   (homework,

    pop quizzes,  in-class activities,

    pronunciation exam, etc.) 



Tests (examens )

    Examens 1-2 (50 pts each)

    Examens 3-6 (100 pts each) 



2 Oral Interviews (entretien oral) 


Listening Comprehension Exam

    (examen de compréhension auditive) 



Final Exam (examen final)





Six tests (examens) will be given in 506. These tests will contain a variety of listening, reading, speaking, and writing exercises. Please note test dates indicated on the syllabus, as there are no make-ups.  Tests will also include two five-minute oral interviews, a listening comprehension test, and a departmental final exam.  A make-up for the final exam will be available for students with verified schedule conflicts.  No student will be allowed to take the final exam prior to the date set by the University for any reason.


Attendance & preparation

Regular attendance, daily preparation and persistent, active participation in class are essential to your success in learning French. Your teacher will assign specific exercises to be written out and turned in. You may also expect occasional pop quizzes to test preparation. In addition, this grade will include your performance on activities in the classroom. No late homework will be accepted. At the end of the semester, a couple of the lowest homework grades may be dropped. 


You are allowed a total of 5 absences without penalty during the semester.  All absences count, even if documentation is presented.  In addition to lowered preparation/participation grades, a penalty of 10 pts (or 1% of your final course grade up to 10%) will be deducted for each absence after 5 in the semester, no exceptions.


Computer labs         


You will be required to do daily homework using the Français interactif website.  Access to computers for individual study is available in the LAITS media lab in MEZ 2.104.  Liberal Arts media lab operating hours are:



 8 a.m.- 7:45 p.m.


 8 a.m.- 4:45 p.m.


 3 p.m.- 6:45 p.m.


The French Department also has a Tutorial Center located in HRH 4.102.  Tutoring is free and is available on a walk-in basis. Your instructor will announce the HRH Tutorial Center hours during the first or second week of class. 


Course Supervision

If you have questions about French 506, please consult your instructor__________________________________,

Office Hours ________________________ or the course supervisor, Dr. Nancy Guilloteau, HRH 2.106A, 471-5511,   The Department of French & Italian offers many services to beginning students, including a tutorial center with free tutoring. You will also be invited to films and activities sponsored by the French Department. Your instructor will announce these and other events throughout the semester.  Bienvenue!  We hope you will enjoy learning French.  


The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY.

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