To be successful in this course, you will need to have taken and passed a year and a half of high school French (equivalent to FREN 041, 043 and 051). The units in this course are built upon previous language skills, and it would be extremely difficult to start this course without any prior background. You should know basic vocabulary, verb conjugations, and question-and-answer techniques.
There is no textbook for the course. All of the content is in this course. Speaking appointments are required and use audio and video. You will need a headset or speakers, a microphone and a webcam. For optimal connection speeds during speaking appointments, it is recommended that you use a hard-wired, high-speed internet connection during the appointment.
The course consists of seven units. Each unit has an introduction, some wonderfully interesting tidbits you’ll need to learn, and lots of opportunities for practice. Learn each section before you go on to the next. No prizes are given for speeding through a chapter. The reward of understanding and speaking French awaits the student who really learns each concept before going on to the next. Take the time to understand each idea before going on to the next.
Speaking in and listening to French are the most important things you’ll do in this course. Practice with the audio clips over and over until you can hear yourself sounding French and until you can understand everything that is said in the audio clips without looking up answers. Speak beaucoup!
There is a course discussion board at the end of the course, as well as a course wiki. The discussion board is designed for students to connect, discuss course-related matters, and share ideas with each other. The wiki is designed for the instructor to post information that may provide enrichment or to post relevant information for the course.
This course functions best in a web browser other than Internet Explorer. If you only have Internet Explorer, you can download other browsers (e.g., Firefox, Safari, etc.) for free online. If you have trouble doing this, contact Technical Support at 1-877-897-8085 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will be responsible for completing the 7 Unit Quizzes, corresponding to the units. These quizzes are found at the end of the units. You will receive a percentage grade for each quiz. The unit quizzes are worth 35 percent of the final grade. You must complete the speaking appointment in each unit before you can take the unit quiz.
The Conversation Café is a virtual room where conversation practice and speaking appointments take place. Minimal English is used in the Café. Activities are moderated by a TA/instructor. Hours of the Café are posted on the Communication and Conversation Café page. Spend as much time as possible in the Café, practicing the concepts you learn! Before you complete your speaking appointment, you must spend some time practicing in the Conversation Café. You must complete the first Conversation Café to move on in the course.
A speaking appointment is a required part of every unit and must be completed before you can take the unit quiz and speaking appointment in the next unit. You cannot complete more than one speaking appointment per day.
Speaking appointments are graded oral assessments. You will be required to complete certain language tasks or have a dialogue with the TA/instructor during your speaking appointment. A speaking appointment is a required part of every unit and must be completed before you move on to the next unit. TA-graded speaking appointments are completed on a first-come, first-served basis (no scheduling) in the Conversation Café room. The second, fifth, and final exam speaking appointments will be scheduled with your instructor and will take place in the instructor’s virtual room. These appointments require a photo ID and a webcam. If you are not able to keep your scheduled appointment, you must reschedule or cancel at least 24 hours before the appointment. If you fail to show up at your scheduled time, you will receive a 0.
A grade will be posted within 24 hours of the appointment. The lowest score from all of your speaking appointments will be dropped. (This does not include the final speaking appointment.) See “Grading” below to see what percentage of your final grade the speaking appointments are on.
We strongly encourage you not to use notes during your speaking appointments. That will help you be better prepared for the final speaking appointment where no notes are allowed. Note: You should complete all speaking appointments in the correct order. For more specific information about each speaking appointment, please refer to each assignment in the course.
You will be required to complete two writing assignments placed throughout the course. These should be submitted electronically through the dropbox and will be graded by the instructor or TA. Grading will be based on provided rubrics associated with each assignment. Graded assignments will be returned with comments. These assignments count toward 10 percent of your final grade.
There are cahier “quizzes” in each unit intended to help you review the material covered in that unit. Cahiers are designed to be taken over and over as many times as you wish, to help you gain greater mastery of the concepts or skills being tested. If you find that you do not know or are not certain about an answer, go back to the unit material and reread the section pertaining to that question. If you don't like your grade on a given cahier, retake it until you are satisfied with the grade. Keep in mind, however, the "grades" from these exercises do not count toward your final grade. They are just for your review and exercise!
There are two parts to the final exam. The first part is your final speaking appointment. This will be in the same format as the other speaking assignments. The prompts will come from the 7 unit appointments and is located in the course under the Final Exam folder.
The final is a comprehensive quiz exam, and all questions will be in French. The questions will be taken from the readings and activities, so make sure you read all of the discussion material thoroughly. The final will consist of five to ten questions from each unit; speaking and written portions combined, the final is worth 20 percent of your grade. You must pass both the final exam and the final speaking appointment separately with a 60 percent to pass the course. Notes will not be allowed during your final speaking appointment. If you use notes during the final speaking appointment, you will receive a 0 grade and fail the course.
You will be graded on a percentage system on the speaking appointments, the writing assignments, the unit quizzes and the final exam. You must pass both the final exam and the final speaking appointment separately with a 60 percent to pass the course..
This is how your final grade for the course will be divided:
|Assignments||Percent of Final Grade|
|C+||79–76%||E (fail)||59% and below|
The great thing about an Independent Study course is just that—it is independent. You can work at your own pace and learn by your own individual methods. However, with an Independent Study course, you are responsible to do your own work, meet deadlines, and stay on top of things. I recommend that you make yourself a schedule and stick to it so you don't end up cramming everything to the end. Also, in order to really master a foreign language, it is crucial that you practice and apply the principles you learn. Therefore, I would recommend spending at least one hour every week in outside activities, such as watching French movies, listening to French music, or speaking to someone in French. If you put some effort and organization into it, this course should be informative, educational, applicable, and fun.
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These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.
7 Unit Quizzes, 7 speaking appointments, 2 writing assignments; none may be resubmitted. On speaking appointments, lowest score may be dropped. For the writing assignments, follow the instructions in the course on how and where to submit each assignment.
1 final speaking appointment (may retake once for a fee; no-shows count as attempts and are given zeros), and 1 proctored, computer-graded final exam (may retake once for a fee). To pass the course, you must pass both the final speaking appointment and the final exam with at least a 60 percent on each.
You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension. Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months.
Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words.
As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:
First Offense of Plagiarism
Second Offense of Plagiarism
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