Tache Réflexion Finale

When writing French, what do you feel are your strengths and weaknesses?

Writing wise I think my grammar is the weakest point in my writing. I think my creativity is my strongest point in writing.

When speaking French, what do you feel are your strengths and weaknesses?

I ultimately feel everything is my weakness but my pronunciation and intonation of French is my greatest strength.

  1. How have your writing and speaking skills developed through these three tâches?

I think my writing skills have improved a lot but my speaking skills haven’t. I think practice in writing has been helpful and effective in learning, but speaking, I guess I haven’t had enough practice.

  1. In the course of this semester, have you spoken French outside the classroom with other students? with native speakers of French? Have you read French in online newspapers, magazines, or books? Have you listened to French music, newscasts, or radio?

I have read French newspapers and listened to French music and podcasts. The newspapers were over my head and I didn’t really understand the music or podcasts but I definitely enjoyed the music. As for the rest of the speaking, I haven’t really done that and the times I have I failed dramatically.

  1. If you plan to continue your study of French, what is your goal for further developing your writing and speaking skills in future courses?

Well I hope to improve so that I don’t have to worry about failing French. That I’ll improve enough so I’ll get solid B’s and C’s on tests.

  1. What are your future goals (short or long-term) with regard to French?

To survive really. To pass both this and next semester. Lord willing that will happen.

Mon Profil

  1. I am much better at reading and writing then speaking. I feel like class time was my best opportunity to speak French but I didn’t take full advantage of it. I think we did a lot of writing exercises and I think working with Mathieu as well as working on the Tache assignments really improved my writing. Plus speaking is scary.
  2. Flash cards! Please use them for vocal and grammar points. I think also doing the exercises in the book is helpful too. But chiefly, just going to office hours.
  3. I don’t do it very often and if I do it’s not very helpful at all.
  4. I hope to pass French, and hope to pass next semester.

Orale Réflexion

  1. I am terribly uncomfortable speaking French, especially in conversation with others. Presenting before a group if I can read from a script is perfectly fine because I am more confident in my writing skills. Speaking with other students, I feel like everyone is far ahead of me so I am unable to speak in such a way that is on their level. I have to ask questions or ask them to speak slowly. Native speakers? Not even considering that.
  2. I think my pronunciation and intonation of French is my strength. I feel like every other aspect of French speaking is my weakness.
  3. I’ve practiced listening and done my best to just surround myself with French stuff, even listening to a French podcast and music. Pronunciation, I just listen to native speakers and get the accent right/as best as possible. I was a theatre kid in high school so its not hard for me to copy accents.
  4. I think the one on one time I have had with Mathieu and my TA’s has been very helpful. I hope to improve in my French speaking skills next semester.

Réflexion Sur Mes Compositions

1. I don’t think I tried anything different per say, but I would say that my writing skills improved over the semester. I think my approach wasn’t any different, but my competency was vastly improved. I’d recommend that other students just do their best, and study grammar points they don’t understand. Additionally, restructuring a sentence to avoid confusing grammar points is a life saver.

2. Yes! I do feel that way. By improving my writing skills I feel I can write faster as my brain was trained to actually work in French better. My vocabulary expanded, and my process and speed of writing improved without a dip in quality. In fact, with more practice, I think my writing improved.

3. I would love to actually get A’s on my papers and I would also love to get better in my grammatical skills.

4. Hmmm, I don’t really think so. But preparing my English essays has helped me structure and approach my French essays.

Tache 1 Réflexion

Je pense que les points de grammaire “lequel / laquelle” étaient les parties les plus difficiles de l’écriture de cette composition. Je n’ai pas une bonne compréhension de ces concepts et tous. Je cherche à améliorer ma compréhension des structures grammaticales. Lorsqu’on lui a demandé de corriger ma grammaire, je pris ma meilleure estimation et aussi essayé de retravailler phrases pour éviter les structures grammaticales en premier lieu. J’espère que d’écrire des compositions plus intéressantes et plus attrayantes dans l’avenir.

Réflexion

If we look at my French abilities, I think they haven’t unfortunately improved very much. I had a big struggle learning and studying French. I think my writing skills have improved greatly, but my ability to speak, as reflected in my oral exam scores, has not improved very much. I think my cultural competency hit a wall after I visited France when I was 16.  Having lived and traveled around the world, and living in Francophone countries, I’m not sure my competency, progress, or goals have been met, improved, or reached. I think I’ve learned to study better, but unfortunately that hasn’t really reflected in my grades and results either.

Réflexion Initiale

In this course I would love to better my understanding of French. My ultimate goal, while sticking through this course, is to actually speak French well. I learned and studied French while I was very young. When I was four, I studied French with a woman who used to live in the Congo. I studied with her and her two daughters and became pretty good at speaking French. I continued my study of French but lost it around the third grade because I switched schools. I would love to reclaim that lost treasure as well as reclaim my joy for language and language learning. The point of school after all is to learn. Hopefully I can actually learn well and not freak out about grades or tests.

Tache 1 Ebauche

Bonjour Catherine,

Comment allez-vous? Je m’excuse. Nous n’avons pas vu l’autre et je veux te voir. La guerre est terrible. Je me mets en colère contre la guerre. Je ne veux pas me battre. Jules et moi peut battre aujourd’hui. Jules et moi peut battre demain. Je ne veux pas me battre Jules. Connaissez-vous si Jules est vivant? Je m’inquiète de lui. J’avons peur de meurtre Jules. J’avons peur de je l’ai déjà.

La guerre est difficile. Je pense à moi-méme “Cette bataille était terrible.” “Laquelle?” Je me demande. “Toutes les batailles. Toutes les batailles est terrible.” Nous nous ne battons pas, nous obtenons de faire du sport et faire la cuisine occasionnellement. Ce sont les bons moments. Cependant ces bons moments sont très rares. Je fais des projets pour visiter vous. Je vais visiter une fois la guerre est finie. La vie est passager n’est ce pas? Donc je dois vous visiter. Peut être mes plans sont optimistes, mais je suis orgueilleux d’être idéaliste. J’ai confiance en soi que mon optimisme est pas pour rien. En outre, vous êtes une fille inoubliable. Et si je suis honnête, je suis un homme timide , mais je connais une fille séduisante. Et Catherine, si je suis franc, vous êtes une fille séduisante. Parce que je me bats dans cette guerre, je vais être très prudent à ce que nous pouvons rencontrer à nouveau. Alors nous pouvons nous fiançons et nous marions et nous vivons en union libre. Nous méritons partager un autre, nous méritons compter sur un autre, et nous méritons tomber amoureux un autre.

Je serai fidèle vous tous les jours, Jim

Tache 3

Un séjour à l’étranger à Marseille

Par EAU, Je vais étudier à Marseille, dans le sud ouest de la France. Je vais étudier la philosophie là. Il y a beaucoup de philosophes célèbres qui ont vécu en France. Des philosophes comme René Descartes qui a écrit The Meditations et était très important pour la philosophie occidentale, ou Voltaire qui était très important pour la philosophie gouvernementale tous ont vécu et travaillé en France. En outre, j’aimer l’art et de la France avait de nombreux artistes importants et l’un de mes artistes préférés est Auguste Renoir notamment ses autoportraits. Marseille est un endroit idéal pour tout cela et pour vivre et marcher dans les rues d’une ville comme Marseille serait excitant. Vivre dans un pays francophone va me aider à apprendre plus français et d’améliorer de façon spectaculaire dans mes compétences francophones. Il serait impressionnant et passionnant d’étudier Descartes et ses Méditations tout en étudiant à Marseille. Dans mon temps libre, je pourrais aussi étudier et apprécier les peintures de Renoir au Musée d’Histoire de Marseille. L’art que je verrai sera excellent en particulier la fresques murales. Je voudrais aussi visiter la Porte d’Aix et de l’abbaye de Saint-Victor. J’aimerais aussi d’assister à la féte des Lumières. Je vais y voler et traverser l’Atlantique et de la terre à Marseille et je peux rester dans un hôtel local ou peut-être une famille d’accueil si cela est prévu pour moi. Je vais rester à Marseille pour la plupart du semestre, peut-être le week-end, se rendre à la côte méditerranéenne dans le sud et aussi passer un peu de temps à Paris et à Lyon. Je suis très heureux de manger de la nourriture quotidienne française locale parce que la nourriture française est absolument merveilleux. Je soupçonne que si les choses vont bien, il est possible que je ne veux plus jamais quitter. Quand je reviens, Je crois que je serai un haut-parleur beaucoup plus couramment français ainsi qu’une personne plus cultivée.  Je suis heureux d’avoir une nouvelle expérience distinctement franche.