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Course ID: FRE101
Title: Elementary French I
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 4.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 10599

Term: Fall 2014

Start Date: 8/25/2014

Weeks: 14

Last date to withdraw: None

Instructor: Joann Pompa

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will need a computer microphone or headset to record oral assignments online.

You can purchase access to the language lab online or in-person:

For online orders, visit the Rio Salado College Bookstore.

  • DO NOT use the search box on the top right of the bookstore site, as it won’t allow you to select your course and section number.
  • Go to Books on the top left, then Textbooks & Course Materials.
  • Select the term and department, which is the prefix for the language class you are taking.
  • Then, select your course, section number, and click Submit.
  • Add the Foreign Language License to your cart.
  • At checkout, choose Store Pickup, then Bookstore @ Rio.
  • Once confirmed, your access information will be sent from Rosetta Stone to the email address you provide at checkout.

Visit our bookstore in-person at:
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe AZ 85281

You will only have access to one course level at a time, so you need to purchase access for each language course you take.

There are NO Textbooks for this course.

The following are not required, but are highly recommended by students:

Barron's 501 French Verbs
English Grammar for Students of French
A French/English Dictionary

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Basic grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary of the French language. Includes the study of French culture, practice of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Official Course Prerequisites
Official Course Competencies
  1. Demonstrate comprehension of written and oral passages that include biographical information, basic questions and descriptions, short narratives, brief dialogues, survival vocabulary, and current events.
  2. Compose written passages that include biographical information, basic questions and descriptions, short narratives, brief dialogues, survival vocabulary, and current events.
  3. Ask and answer oral questions to satisfy basic needs, express biographical information, provide short descriptions, and participate in very simple conversations.
  4. Identify cultural aspects of the target language.

Each student is expected to meet this Rio Salado College competency:

  1. Write a paper that presents a clear point on an assigned topic using correct sentences, noun/verb agreement, vocabulary, punctuation, and spelling. All papers should be typed and double-spaced.

Course Requirements

To be eligible to pass this course, you must complete all graded assessments, you must submit a final essay that is your own independent work, and your score on the final written exam must be at least 60%.

The distance-learning course in French is designed for the student who is self-motivated and/or cannot attend a class at a regular time or place, but still needs to learn the language and earn college credit. If you have the time, need the credit, and are serious about learning French, this class is perfect for you.

This course can also benefit students who do not need a letter grade for college credit, but who have the time and wish to pursue the disciplined study of French. If you do not need the letter grade, we strongly recommend that you take this course on a Pass/No Pass (P/Z) basis. By opting to enroll in this course for a P/Z grade, you can fully participate in the learning process without having to focus on the demands, details (and possibly the worries) that accompany a letter grade. More information about enrolling yourself with the P/Z option follows in the Policies/Procedures section of this syllabus.

Remember that this is a four credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least four hours on course content and at least eight hours on homework for a total of at least twelve hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure
Assignments Points
Syllabus quiz 5
Pre-Test 15
Weekly online assessments (9@40 pts. each)
Process Paper (idea (5), rough (20), final (30))
At-Home Midterm Exam 100
Post-Test 15
At-Home Final Exam 200
Total Points 750

Grading Scale

To be eligible to pass this course, you must complete all graded assessments, you must submit a final essay that is your own independent work, and your score on the final written exam must be at least 60%. The final course grade will be determined by the following scale:

Grade Points
A (90% - 100%) 675-750
B (80% - 89%) 600-675
C (70% - 79%) 525-600
D (60% - 69%) 450-525
F (0% - 59%) 0-450
P/Z cutoff score
The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points possible. It is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade higher than that earned by your total points.


The course calendar lists specific dates for your exam(s). This course includes an At-Home Midterm Exam as well as an At-Home Final Exam that are completed on your own computer and submitted online.


  1. You must complete all exam(s) by the dates specified on the course calendar. If you test late, your instructor may lower your grade or assign you an "F" in the course unless you have made arrangements with him/her for an extension.
  2. You may take your final exam early if you have completed the assignments ahead of schedule and you have your instructor's permission to do so.
  3. The written final exam is timed. DO NOT click on the final exam links on the course section homepage or in the last lesson until you are ready to begin the exam.
  4. The exam will ask for a password, which you will find in your RioLearn online gradebook once you have completed your Post-Test. Click on the FRE101 LESN 12 Post Test 1-A link on the left side of your gradebook and scroll to the bottom of the feedback page to access the password.

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,,, EBSCO Image Collection.

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.
  • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal-Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Last Date to Withdraw” indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.  

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

  • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - This course may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. See detailed information about the (P/Z) option here.

Extra Credit

There are no extra-credit assignments for this class. The scheduled assignments and exams are sufficient to test your understanding of the materials presented in the course.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments are due on time according to the due dates in your gradebook. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor via RioLearn prior to the due date. You can request a due date change using the “Modify Due Dates” feature from the “Due Dates” tab in the Gradebook.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion.

Submitting Assignments

Graded assessments will be submitted online via the link that is found at the end of each lesson. Complete the assignments in order. Do not skip ahead to future lessons without successfully completing the assessments from the previous lessons.

The assessments are to be submitted only once. Resubmissions without prior instructor approval may result in a grade of zero for the assignment.

Note: Keep a copy of everything you submit.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Honors Program

If you are taking this course for Honors credit, you must complete all assessments, including the Honors Project(s). The Honors Project(s) are listed in one or more lessons of the course and are designated for “Honors Students.” Failure to complete the Honors Project(s) will result in a failing grade in the course and a loss of Honors credit.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Academic Adjustment Needs & Disability Resources and Services

In accordance with Rio Salado College and Maricopa Community College District policies, all students should have equal access to course materials and technology. Please contact the Disability Resources and Services Office prior to the start date of your course at 480-517-8562 if you have any of the following needs:

  • you are a student requiring an academic adjustment due to a documented disability (as protected by The Americans with Disability Act Amendment Act)

  • you are experiencing difficulty accessing course materials because of a disability

  • you are pregnant or parenting and would like to discuss possible academic adjustments (as protected under Title IX)


1 Maricopa Community College District Administrative Regulation 2.8.1:

2 Rio Salado College Disability Resources and Services website:


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

Student Solution Center

Rio Salado College is dedicated to a quality learning experience and has provided the Student Solution Center webpage as a resource for students to raise issues to our attention. We look forward to the opportunity to provide an equitable solution for all involved parties. For grading or instructional issues, students should first contact their faculty member(s) in accordance with the Instructional Grievance Process. For non-instructional complaints, students may contact the Judicial Affairs team by telephone at 480-517-8749 or 480-517-8152, or email at Students may also contact their state regulatory agency; the Arizona SARA Council; and/or the Higher Learning Commission to escalate their concerns.

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