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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students will work towards proficiency at a Novice-Low ACTFL level according to the 2012 Proficiency Guidelines of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) in the following topics: greeting others, introducing themselves, saying the alphabet, answering basic questions, telling time, and talking about destinations and where they are going. They will be able to briefly talk about friends, family, pets, home, important dates, seasons, toys, games, food, and colors. They will demonstrate the four proficiency skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) through mini assessments, unit quizzes, Conversation Cafés, and speaking appointments.

Course Materials

To successfully complete this course, you will need the following:

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You must pass the orientation quiz with 100 percent before you continue in the course. There are a “Have a Question? Post it Here” discussion board and a course wiki. The discussion board is designed for students to discuss course-related matters and to share ideas with each other. The wiki is for the instructor and TA to post information that may provide enrichment or other relevant information. Note that the assignments in the review (Révision) sections will be graded by the instructor.

This course is completed in sections. The sections are illustrated in the table below. You must complete all of the assignments in one section to access the assignments in the next.

Unités 1-2
Révision: Unités 1-2
Unités 3-5
Révision: Unités 3-5
Unités 6-7
Final Exam Preparation

Self-Checks (Cahier d’exercices)

Self-checks prepare you for mini assessments and unit quizzes and help you check your understanding of material that has been taught. There are 45 self-checks, 1 after each lesson section. You may complete these assessments as many times as you like. They are not a part of your final grade, but you must pass the self-checks of a unit with at least a 90 percent before you can take the unit quiz.

Mini Assessments (Mini évaluation)

Mini assessments give you the opportunity to put course knowledge into practice through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. There are 24 mini assessments and they do count towards your grade and may only be submitted once. Mini assessments in the review sections are graded by the instructor.

Unit Quizzes (Questionnaire de l’unité)

Unit quizzes will assess you on vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation learned in a unit. There are 10 unit quizzes, and 3 of them are review quizzes. They are computer-graded. They are open book. They do count towards your grade and you may only complete them once.

Conversation Café (Café de conversation)

The Conversation Café is a virtual (online) room where conversation practice takes place. There are 7 Conversation Café activities and they do count towards your grade. You will need a microphone and a webcam.

Speaking Appointments (Rendez-vous)

Speaking appointments are graded oral assessments with an instructor. There are 2 speaking appointments and 1 final speaking appointment.

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Exams (Renez-vous final et Examen final)

Your final speaking appointment will be in a conversation format, similar to the second half of speaking appointment 2. It will test your language proficiency, and you can best prepare by preparing for your Conversation Cafés and speaking appointments. No notes are allowed on speaking appointments.

The final exam is a proctored test that will cover the material found in units 1–7. It has questions that include listening, reading, and writing. If you study the course material and the assignments, you should be adequately prepared for the test.

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These items will count toward your course grade:

Mini Assessments 25%
Unit Quizzes 25%
Conversation Cafés 25%
Speaking Appointments and Final Exam 25%

Grading Scale

Your course grade will be determined based on these percentages:

A 100–93%
A− 92–90%
B+ 89–87%
B 86–83%
B− 82–80%
C+ 79–77%
C 76–73%
C− 72–70%
D+ 69–67%
D 66–63%
D− 62–60%
E (fail) 59–0%

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course, for purposes associated with this course, and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. copyright laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


24 mini assessments (computer-graded), 7 Conversation Cafés (TA-graded), 2 speaking appointments (instructor-graded), 10 unit quizzes (computer-graded; 3 are review quizzes). No resubmissions. You must complete all graded items before you can receive your final course grade.


1 final speaking appointment (instructor-graded; may retake once for a fee; no-shows count as attempts and are given zeros), and 1 proctored, instructor-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.

Course Duration

Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months. You may only complete one speaking appointment per day. No exceptions. You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

Plagiarism Policy

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

  • You will fail the unit and be allowed the opportunity to resubmit the unit (or)
  • You will fail the unit and be denied the opportunity to resubmit the unit

Second Offense of Plagiarism

  • You will fail the unit and fail the class (or)
  • You will fail the unit, fail the class, and may be ineligible to enroll in a specific course or any of our courses without going through an appeals process which will determine the severity of your plagiarism

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.