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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Spring 2004


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32615 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
HRH 2.106C

Course Description

Objectives: 1) Acquire wider reading vocabulary, and capacity to read with more ease and sophistication. 2) Through appealing modern readings, go on teaching the language itself, including oral production skills. Contents: 1) Texts are representative of the francophone world at large. They were mostly published during the last 20 years of the XXth century, quite a few during the last 3 - 10 years. They consist of short stories, a few excerpts from novels which can be read independently from the whole, and poetry. 2) Each assignment is accompanies by self-taught exercises. There were designed by the teacher for students to acquire selected structures and vocabulary from the text, in order to strengthen and enrich their oral and written self-expression.

Class: will start with a short quiz on the day's assignment. Most time will be spent answering oral questions on the text, books closed, using language from the exercises. Students will also be encouraged to practice paraphrasing the text in their own words, and occasionally discuss some aspect(s) of it with one another.

Grading Policy

Exams: 55% Quizzes: 30% Participation & general performance: 15% No Final




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