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Communication et culture III

FREN 118/3.0

This course is designed for students who have completed beginner level French. In this course students will further develop their written and oral communication skills as well as acquire the means to competently engage in a range of everyday common social and professional situations.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Develop extended vocabulary and application of grammar concepts to communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrate fundamental rules of pronunciation to be able to clearly communicate in various contexts.
  • Apply oral communication and written skills to engage in different social and professional situations.
  • Demonstrate listening and reading comprehension skills to engage in different social and professional situations.

Description

This course is designed for students who have completed beginner level French. In this course students will further develop their written and oral communication skills as well as acquire the means to competently engage in a range of everyday common social and professional situations.

Each module has been organized around a designated social or professional situation. For each module, students will be assigned activities in onQ and Rosetta Stone. onQ activities will introduce students to new vocabulary and grammar concepts. Rosetta Stone activities will enable students to apply new vocabulary and grammar concepts through listening, comprehension and pronunciation exercises. Certain modules will include synchronous tutorial sessions. In the synchronous sessions students will practice their communication skills by engaging in simulated social and professional scenarios with their peers; they will also practice their vocabulary, grammar, general comprehension and writing skills through assigned group written work.  Students will be required to participate in synchronous sessions and the same session will be offered multiple times to accommodate students’ schedules.

At the beginning of the course, students will be assigned to a group of 4. At the end of the course, each group will submit a 10 minute powerpoint presentation on an assigned topic intended to account for a wide range of material covered by the course.

Terms

Winter 2018
Course Dates: 
Jan. 8 - Apr. 6, 2018
Exam Dates: 
Apr. 12-26, 2018 (Online Exam)

Evaluation

Students will be evaluated on on-line activities (listening and pronunciation, grammar and written exercises, comprehension activities and exercises based on short videos, documentaries and short texts); on-line tutorials; a group oral presentation; quizzes and exams.

Rosetta Stone online exercises30%
Online synchronous tutorials10%
Group oral presentation25%
4 Quizzes10%
Online Midterm10%
Final Exam (online)15%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Live Sessions

This course has required live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities). Please consult the Timeline in the first week of class.

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.

Instructor

Professor Maria Petrescu (mp131@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10-12 hours a week (120 hours per term) in study/practice and online activity for FREN 118.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2017, Fall Term 2017 and Winter Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $666.91; for a 6.0-unit course, $1333.82. See also Tuition and Fees.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.