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

Fall 2005


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34960 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
HRH 2.106C

Course Description

This course will be taught entirely in French. Its objectives are 1) for students to acquire a wider reading vocabulary, a capacity to read with more ease, enjoyment and sophistication. 2) Through appealing modern readings, to go on teaching the language itself, including oral production skills. Each reading assignment is accompanied by an extensive vocabulary list, with explanations all in French, and by largely self-taught exercises. These were designed by the teacher for stu- dents to acquire selected structures and vocabulary from the text, in order to strengthen and enrich their oral and written self-expression.

Grading Policy

Will be announced at the start of the semester. It will take performance on tests into account as well as the quality of class participation. FINAL EXAM : No


The packet will consist mostly of short-stories which are representative of the francophone world at large, mostly published during the last 10 years of the XXth century, quite a few in 2000-2004. Also included are a few excerpts from novels which can be read independently from the whole, some poetry and maybe a few songs. Class will often start with a short quiz on the days assignment. Most class-time will be spent answering oral questions on the texts, books closed, using language from the exercises. Students will be encouraged to practice paraphrazing the text in various ways, and to discuss interesting aspects of it.


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