Messages - First Semester French - Fall 2003
still waiting for e-mail addresses for most of the
hope that everyone has received the message by now
and go through the various pages found on the ďuseful
coursework assignments will begin next week.
first audio tape will be in the mail tomorrow,
Any questions to this point? Just let me know.
are in the mail. I sent
them priority, so
had asked everyone to read through the "useful"
that everything I have written in those
hesitate to let me know if you have further
homework delivery practice documents are starting
I receive your document, I will handle it in the
download the document.
news on the tapes. Christine
received the French
start making more copies this evening and will
This appears to be a
normal semester ... unfortunately.
If you haven't become
serious about the course yet, this is a good
I am allowing a little
catch up time, both for students starting late
Following the two
introductory lessons, we will start work in our text,
If you are doing everything you're supposed to be
doing, you don't need to read
this message ... unless you think you might be amused
by the ravings of an old fart.
Iím kind of curious, so Iíll ask just a few questions
Does anyone read my e-mail messages?
Does anyone read the various information pages I have
Is there a rumor out there that Iím just kidding and
that you donít really have to
do any work for the French and German classes?
If there is such a rumor, forget it. Donít take my
friendly, laid-back approach
as an indication that youíre in for an easy ride. I
have given you a lengthy opportunity to become well
aware of my procedures and requirements before asking
you to actually get down to the language learning.
Well, the time has come to learn some language. If
you havenít started to study the course requirements
and the procedures I want you to follow, you had
better hurry up. The first language assignments were
due this weekend, and I didn't receive very many.
Check out your schedule often.
Several of you have never responded to my initial
e-mail message in which I
asked you to let me know that I got through to you OK.
Are you out there somewhere? Did you actually
receive my info? Iím your language professor; Iím not
some all-knowing deity who is aware of your every
thought and action. I need to be told these things.
Most of you have not done the homework delivery
practice assignment that I
asked for. As a result, more than half of the
homework coming in is in the wrong form. When you
paste your work into your e-mail message box instead
of sending it
as an attachment, it takes me about twice as long to
process it. With 20 students
sending me homework, the extra time can add up in a
hurry. If I end up spending
an extra hour or two each day just marking homework, I
will rapidly become a very
disagreeable person. Believe me, you donít want that.
Some of you are asking about the materials that go
with the tapes. Once again, the study guides are
found in the Plans. The tapes go right along with the
The Plans will tell you which exercises I want you to
send to me, but I have also
put together a special listing of these exercises.
I will bend over backwards to help you with your
language studies, but I canít do anything for you if
you arenít doing your part. I can teach you a whole
lot of French or German if you will just work with me.
I have spent several hundred hours preparing online
materials for you, and I will spend hundreds more
evaluating your homework and your exams, answering
your questions, etc. You're going to have to put in
some time, too, if you are going to succeed in your
language course. I am not your mommy or your
babysitter. I am your professor. This is a university
class, and if you chose to sit on your duff and do
nothing, Iíll certainly let you do it. I am doing
my part. Your part is up to you.