Syllabus FRE161 Cultural Immersion in Montreal

COURSE NAME: Cultural Immersion
COURSE NUMBER: FRE 161 in France
TERM: Summer 2007
CREDIT HOURS: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab, 3 Credits

Prerequisites: FRE111/or evaluation by instructor
Corequisites: None

This course explores French culture through intensive study on campus and field experience in a host country or area. Topics include an overview of linguistic, historical, geographical, sociopolitical, economic and/or artistic concerns of the area visited. Upon completion, students should be able to exhibit first-hand knowledge of issues pertinent to the host area and demonstrate understanding of cultural differences. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.


GER161 will provide a sound basis for learning French as it is spoken in France today. By the end of the course, students should have improved their spoken language fluency and have gained a new understanding of French culture in everyday life. French history, architecture and cultural awareness in Germany, along with interpersonal relationships will be discussed.
Practice is provided in the skills of speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and composition.


1. Trip arrangements to France with class as required.
2. Journal kept during extent of stay in foreign country. This is submitted weekly to the instructor.
3. Reflective paper within one week of return.
4. Regular daily attendance in classes at the immersion institute.
5. Fulfill homework assignments from immersion classes.
6. Participate in cultural excursions in France.
7. Attend group get-togethers planned by CPCC instructor.


1. Grading Scale: 90-100=A, 80-89=B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D
2. Final grade will be based on Immersion Institute’s assessment (test scores, class participation), weekly personal journal submissions, class attendance, and participation in cultural & host family excursions/experiences
3. NO MAKE UP TESTS will be given.
4. “When a student determines that he/she will be unable to complete courses in which he/she is currently enrolled, it is the student’s responsibility to initiate procedures leading to a formal withdrawal (“W”) in order to avoid failing (“F”) grade. To receive a “W” grade a student must withdraw before the last 25% of the academic term.” Final date for withdrawing is June 14 (first session) or July 13 (second session). “The instructor may also assign “W” at other times when circumstances warrant such action. A “W” will remain on the transcript and will not count as credit hours attempted. To receive credit, a student who received a “W” must re-register and pay for the course in a subsequent term. Financial aid recipients need to refer to the financial aid satisfactory progress policy to determine if schedule adjustments will affect financial aid.”
5. Students who wish to audit a course must complete an Audit Agreement Form which needs to be signed by the instructor and submitted to the Registration Center by the 30% date of the class. Audit Agreement Forms are available at all campuses.


The final grade will be based on the following:
40% IFALPES Language School’s Assessment (test scores, class participation).
30 % Weekly personal journal submissions and reflective paper at end of the experience.
30% Class attendance and participation in cultural excursions/host family experiences.

Attendance policy:
Class meets MTWRF.
Regular daily attendance in classes at the immersion institute is mandatory. Any absence must be pre-approved by the instructor. More than one absence in a 2-week period could result in failing grade.