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I expect my students take my classes seriously. What does this mean for those who may have heard (via PolyRatings or elsewhere) that I am a "hard" grader? Follow the directions I provide in my classes and on my syllabi and plan on spending at least two hours studying per unit taken with me per week. For a four-credit course taken with me, for example, students should plan on studying at least eight hours. Students are also advised to come to my office hours regularly--whether for extra help, to clarify concepts discussed in class, to review for assessments, and/or to interact outside class with me. I award grades following the Cal Poly catalog and will neither be pressured to inflate grades nor to provide "extra credit" for students. Grades of "superior" or "good" need to be earned. It is not uncommon for me, however, to grade on a curve. Nevertheless, I will continue to resist grade inflation.

Regarding the quizzes, tests, and exams that I typically design (and their scoring), students should also realize that I have worked extensively on assessments at both the national and international levels. They should keep in mind that I typically design assessments to distinguish between levels of ability. All students getting all the answers correct, for example, is not an optimal situation for measuring their skills. If no student gets an answer correct, there is likewise not optimal measurement of student skills. My assessments typically evaluate proficiency most accurately when approximately 40-60 % of my students are able to answer a question correctly. I also evaluate students holistically on oral exams as well as on short answers, compositions, and presentations. Students should feel free to meet with me during my office hours for more information on this.

I believe in academic freedom. But I do not believe it necessary to provide "trigger warnings"in order to avoid offending the sensibilities of my students. I very often introduce material that might challenge students' values and beliefs.


 

 

 

Spring 2017

FR 203: Intermediate French III (Tue & Thu, 2:10 - 4:00 & 4:10 - 6:00)

FR 350: French Literature in English Translation (Tue & Thu, 12:10 - 2:00)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Session II (tentative)

WLC 310: (Post-) Apartheid South Africa (Mon - Thu, 10:10 - noon)

 

Fall 2017 (tentative)

FR 201: Intermediate French I (Tue & Thu, 2:10 - 4:00 & 4:10 - 6:00)

FR 233: Critical Readings in French Literature (Tue & Thu, 12:10 - 2:00)

 

 

Cal Poly Syllabi

(please replace cla.calpoly.edu with cola.calpoly.edu for all outdated links below)

FR 121: Intermediate French I (Fall 06)

FR 233: Critical Readings in French Literature (Spring 07)

FR 350: French Literature in English Translation (Summer 07)

HUM 310: (Post-) Apartheid South Africa (Summer 07)

FR 302: Advanced French Conversation and Grammar (Fall 07)

FR 122: Intermediate French II (Winter 08)

HUM 310: (Post-) Apartheid South Africa (Summer 08)

FR 101: Elementary French I (Fall 08)

FR 122: Intermediate French II (Winter 09)

FR 233: Critical Readings in French Literature (Spring 09)

FR 101: Elementary French I (Fall 09)

FR 302: Advanced French Conversation and Grammar (Fall 09)

HUM S310: (Post-) Apartheid South Africa (Fall 09)

FR 102: Elementary French II (Winter 10)

HUM 310: Culture(/s) of France (Winter 10)

FR 103: Elementary French III (Spring 10)

FR 350: French Literature in English Translation (Spring 10)

HUM 310: (Post-) Apartheid South Africa (Summer 10)

FR 101: Elementary French I (Fall 10)

FR 302: Advanced French Conversation and Grammar (Fall 10)

FR 102: Elementary French II (Winter 11)

HUM 310: Culture/s of France (Winter 11)

FR 101: Elementary French I (Spring 11)

FR 350: French Literature in English Translation (Spring 11)

FR 101: Elementary French I (Fall 11)

FR 121: Intermediate French I (Fall 11)

FR 102: Elementary French II (Winter 12)

FR 305: Significant Writers in French (?): The Novel (Winter 12)

FR 103: Elementary French III (Spring 12)

FR 233: Critical Readings in French Literature (Spring 12)

FR 350: French Literature in English Translation (Spring 12)

FR 121: Intermediate French I (Fall 12)

FR 302: Advanced French Conversation and Grammar (Fall 12)

FR 102: Elementary French II (Winter 2013)

FR 305: Significant Writers in French (?): The Novel (Winter 2013)

HUM 310: Culture/s of France (Winter 2013)

FR 103: Elementary French III (Spring 2013)

FR 233: Critical Readings in French Literature (Spring 2013)

FR 350: French Literature in English Translation (Spring 2013)

FR 101: Elementary French I (Fall 2013)

FR 302: Advanced French Conversation and Grammar (Fall 2013)

FR 202: Intermediate French II (Winter 2014)

FR 305: Significant Writers in French (?) (Winter 2014)

FR 350: French Literature in English Translation (Winter 2014)

FR 103: Elementary French III (Spring 2014)

FR 233: Critical Readings in French Literature (Spring 2014)

HUM 310: Culture/s of France (Summer 2014)

FR 202 (Intermediate French II) (Winter 2015)

FR 350 (French Literature in English Translation) (Winter 2015)

FR 103: Elementary French III (Spring 2015)

HUM 310: Culture/s of France (Spring 2015)

FR 201: Intermediate French I (Fall 2015)

FR 233: Critical Readings in French Literature (Fall 2015)

FR 102: Elementary French II (Winter 2016)

FR 350: French Literature in English Translation (Winter 2016)

FR 203: Intermediate French III (Spring 2016)

FR 302: Advanced French Conversation and Grammar (Spring 2016)

ISLA 310: (Post-) Apartheid South Africa (Spring 2016)

FR 201: Intermediate French I (Fall 2016)

FR 233: Critical Readings in French Literature (Fall 2016)

FR 202: Intermediate French II (Winter 2017)

FR 305: Significant Writers in French (Winter 2017)

 

Courses taught at other institutions are listed on my CV.

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