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French 1B Online

Spring, 2012 CRN: 32952 SEC: 831 Onl (3 Units)
January 17, 2012 through May 25, 2012

[Instructor] [Course Goals] [Policies] [Grading] [Textbooks] [Course Overview]

Instructor Information
  Name: Carol H. Reitan
Instructional Web Site:
  Office location: Batmale 312
  Office hours: TBA
  Phone: 415-239-3554 (I will be available by phone starting Jan.17, 2012.)
Course Goals
  Course goals:

French 1B On-line is designed to provide beginners with fundamental skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing French. Some cultural information about French speaking countries will also be introduced. This 3-unit course covers the second half of the material of a standard first semester college course.

French 1A or equivalent knowledge is a prerequisite. To see if you have enough experience with French to take French 1B, please see the syllabus for French 1A Online and/or take the online French placement recommendation.

French Online (FR1A & FR1B) Home Page:



There are no mandatory meetings on campus. There is an optional in-person orientation on January 19 from 4-5:30 in R205E. If you are unable to attend the orientation on campus, you must complete the online orientation.

French1B On-line is not a self-paced course. Students must:

  • meet required deadlines,
  • participate in the online discussions, and
  • complete assigned tasks.
To learn the material, students will be asked to:
  • read the text,
  • listen to online audio materials,
  • watch video materials,
  • post text and voice messages to the discussion board,
  • complete frequent written exercises,
  • complete formal writing assignments,
  • complete oral assignments that will be submitted online (this will include discussion board postings, and online chat).

Tutors are available in the Learning Assistance Center. Please contact the LAC for details.


  Additional information:

If you do not log in to your Insight account and complete the complete the "Learner Contract" by noon on the last day to drop with a full refund, you will be dropped from the course.

If you discover that you do not have time to complete the course during the semester (before the last day to drop), you must drop the course yourself.

After the last day to drop w/ a full refund, you cannot count on me to drop you from the class, but you CAN count on me assigning grades to all students on the class list at the end of the semester, even those who have stopped participating. If you do not plan to complete the course, it is up to you to drop the class.

Grading Policies
  • Participation - Discussion Board (text and voice), voice chat= 20%
  • Exercises [Written and Listening Comprehension]= 20%
  • Compositions= 20%
  • Quizzes = 20%
  • Chapter Tests and Final Exam = 20%
Textbooks and Materials - students may purchase materials at the CCSF Bookstore.
  MINIMUM TEXTBOOK REQUIREMENTS YOU MUST HAVE access to Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of Allons-y, 6th edition to take this course.


Allons-y , Bragger and Rice, Heinle and Heinle, 6th edition, 2004.
ISBN: 1413056067
Publisher textbook companion website:

(This ISBN refers to a "bundle" which includes the text and all required elements listed below. It is only available in the CCSF Bookstore, but some of the various components may be found elsewhere.) The same textbook is used in French 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, and 2B.

IMPORTANT: The CCSF French program is adopting a new textbook and will be phasing out Allons-y. YOU CAN CONTINUE TO USE ALLONS-Y FOR FRENCH 2A AND FRENCH 2B ONLY IF YOU TAKE THEM IN FALL 2012 AND SPRING 2013. (Or for French 2 during Fall 2012.)

We will cover chapters 4 through 6 . Individual chapters (in PDF format) may be purchased from CengageBrain for about $8.50 each. (Search for "Allons-y".)


OPTIONAL: Quia Online Workbook (Cahier), Bragger and Rice, Heinle and Heinle, 2004 (included in bundle or can be purchased separately for $41.50 at: You will need a code Heinle and this registration info.

Your instructor will not correct the exercises in the "Cahier". They are corrected automatically. Doing the workbook exercises generally increases success on the exams.

You may substitute the paper version of the workbook (Cahier) with the answer key if you wish. You may find this on reserve in the Library or in the Language Center.

(free w/bundle)

OPTIONAL: VMentor (VMentor is a 24/7 tutoring service and is included in the bundle for no extra charge), Bragger and Rice, Heinle and Heinle, 2004.


(free w/bundle)

OPTIONAL: Allons-y Video, Bragger and Rice, Heinle and Heinle, 2004 (included in bundle)


Course Overview
  Course title: French1B Online
  Course description:

Week by Week

TIP : Learning a language is cumulative. Each week you'll build on what you've learned the week before. To be successful, it's important to practice regularly and not fall behind. [Assignment Checklist(MSWord); Assignment Checklist (PDF)]

Most of these assignments are short and do not take a lot of time, but you need to be consistent and do them regularly to make progress.


  1. Introduction & Orientation to the course
    • Review material from French 1A
  2. Chapitre 4, étape 1
    • making plans to do various activities in town; understanding conversations about making plans; days of the week; the verb vouloir
  3. Chapitre 4, étape 2
    • using the Paris subway; talking about future plans; adverbs designating present and future;
    • expressions espérer,and avoir l'intention de
  4. Chapitre 4, étape 3
    • -talking about various means of urban transportation; reading short informational texts about transportation;
    • pronominal verbs in the present tense, future immédiat, and imperative.
  5. Chapitre 4, étape 4
    • review, writing assignments, speaking assignments, getting ready for the chapter test
  6. Examen, chapitre 4
  7. Chapitre 5, étape 1
    • talking about the weather; talking about events in the past
    • la météo; months of the year, seasons, le passé composé avec avoir
  8. Chapitre 5, étape 2
    • talking about events in the past; reading informational materials about leisure-time activities.
    • adverbs and prepositions designating the past, the passé composé avec être.
  9. Chapitre 5, étape 3
    • understanding conversations about leisure-time activities; organizing leisure-time activities.
    • vocabulary of sports and activities, passé composé of pronominal verbs
  10. Chapitre 5, étape 4
    • review, writing assignments, speaking assignments, getting ready for the chapter test
  11. Examen, chapitre 5
  12. Overview of le passé composé vs. l'imparfait
    • Although the imparfait is not covered in our text until Chapter 7, it is beneficial to have an understanding of the difference between them before then. We'll do an overview of the differences, learn the forms, and practice using them in context.
  13. Chapitre 6, étape 1
    • asking for information and making purchases in stores; understanding information presented by salespeople.
    • vocabulary for shopping in la boulangerie and la charcuterie, les adjectifs démonstratifs (ce, cette, cet, ces), les expressions de quantité
  14. Chapitre 6, étape 2
    • using a variety of expressions to say what you want to buy; expressing quantities
    • more food vocabulary, le partitif , numbers 70=1.000.000
  15. Chapitre 6, étape 3
    • reading ads about a variety of products; choosing the right store when making a purchase
    • le présent et le passé composé of devoir, l'adjectif interrogatif quel
  16. Chapitre 6, étape 4
    • review, writing assignments, speaking assignments, getting ready for the chapter test
  17. Révision (review)
  18. Examen final  (Final Exam)


  Course dates: January 17, 2011 through May 25, 2012
  Class Meetings: Location and Times

There will be an optional orientation on January 19, 2012, 4-5:30 p.m. in R205. Students are encouraged to attend. You will learn more about the course and start speaking French!