Course Description

Course Name

Written French - Argument Synthesis

Session: VPRS1221

Hours & Credits

36 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Note: A placement exam will be required when you arrive on site.

High Intermediate

  • Prior to enrolling in courses at this language level, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of three semesters (or five quarters) at the college level.

High Advanced

  • Prior to enrolling in courses at this language level, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of five semesters (or eight quarters) at the college level.

Overview

OBJECTIVES:
1st semester
- To study the logical aspects of discourse in written texts.
- To learn how to summarize and comment a text
- To build an argumentative text (comment and essay)

2nd semester
- To spot the different argumentative types of speech
- Progressive work on essays: discuss, introduce, conclude

PROGRAM:
Methodology of the textual/lexical analysis
- Help with the writing: textual grammar
- Rhetorical style of a word, sentence or paragraph
- Choice of authentic texts: excerpts of contemporary sociological excerpts
- Contemporary problematic

ACTVITIES
(IN CLASS)
- Group work in order to analyze and spot the markers of argumentation
- An oral presentation to do on the textual analysis of a text
(AT HOME)
- Personal work on weekly writing:
- 1st semester: Summaries, commentaries, rewriting exercises
- 2nd semester: Summaries, commentaries, essays

GRADING:
- Weekly work (Summaries, commentaries, rewriting exercises, essays): 60%
- Class participation: intellectual investment and attendance: 10%
- Oral presentation on a text analysis: 30%

*Course content subject to change