Getting started in French 


I'm not going to send any specific assignments yet because  I still have several students who haven't contacted  me.   I am putting together a group mailing list so that I can send information to everyone at once instead of a dozen or so individual messages. I hope to start sending instructional information by Monday, August 30, the first official day of class.

Nevertheless ... I will send you some links to explore, and you can start to become somewhat familiar with the materials I have put online for you.

First of all, you should make sure that you read my introductory statement about online language instruction at 


This page can also serve as the jumping off spot for your French class needs since it contains links that lead you to just about everything I have online. Make sure that you check out the following:

FREN 105 Syllabus -- The syllabus discusses, among other things, my expectations for the semester and my grading policy.


Plans, Assignments, and Exam Descriptions (Your first lesson will be Introduction 1.)

Plans -- These are the study guides for each lesson and contain a variety of explanations and links to exercises, translations, and answer sheets. For this first semester, I will provide an audio tape that will essentially follow the Plan and pronounce most of the material that you will encounter in each lesson. Christine in 105 Cowan Hall  will have  the tapes available for you by Friday, September 3. There is also a video tape that will be available for viewing in the library.  I'll give you more info on that when we get into our text, French in Action


Assignments -- I am currently revising my approach to homework assignments.  This information  will be available by the time we begin your French instruction.

Exam Descriptions -- I am also revising my course exams.  I will have "take-home" exams over individual lessons and traditional exams for the mid-term and final.  More info will follow as we get into the lessons themselves.

Schedules -- I won't give you specific assignments for each day, but I will provide some work for you to submit to me a couple of times a week. 



You will send your homework assignments, questions, etc. to either of the following e-mail addresses:

french@westenskow.net or


Both addresses will send to the same account, the account in which I will have a folder to store homework and messages from each of you.

Most of you probably have questions about how you are supposed to send your homework to me. I have prepared a separate memo on that.  Homework Delivery.

I have also prepared a memo about my schedule and the best times for you to send your materials to me. My Schedule.

To provide quick and easy access to my various pages online, go to my collection of useful pages at 


I will be corresponding with you on a regular basis, so you should be checking your e-mail daily.

Don't hesitate to contact me with your French questions and problems.

More later.

Dave Westenskow