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Laura Karst - French

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Château d'If, Marseille, France Château d'If:
(photo credit: D. Peterson)


I will not be on campus on Friday, March 4th, 2016.


If you wish to sign up for level 2 or higher of any language, and did NOT complete the prerequisite course at De Anza or Foothill College, you must complete a prerequisite clearance application AND an equivalency evaluation form. 
Instructions and applications can be found here:
Equivalency evaluation forms can be found here:
The World Languages evaluation process is a voluntary task, and faculty are RARELY able to evaluate applications immediately. Please plan to submit your application and transcripts at least THREE weeks PRIOR to your registration date for the quarter in which you wish to take the world language course. Otherwise, the prerequisite may not be cleared in time for you to register for the course.


My Winter Quarter 2016 Final Examination Schedule:

French 1 (9:30 class):
 Tuesday, March 22nd, 9:15-11:15 a.m.
French 1 (10:30 class): Thursday, March 24th, 9:15-11:15 a.m..
French 2 (12:30 class): Wednesday, March 23rd, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m..

My Winter Quarter 2016 Finals Week Office Hours:

Monday, March 21st: none (reach me by email)
Tuesday, March 22nd: 8:30-9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 23rd: 10:30 - 11:20 a.m.
Thursday, March 24th: 8:30-9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Friday, March 25th: Not on campus.

As of noon on Thursday, 3/24/16, I will be gone from campus until the start of the Spring 2016 Quarter

NOTE TO ALL OF MY STUDENTS: All Winter Quarter 2016 exams and assignments must be completed and submitted to my office (F41n) no later than NOON on Thursday, March 24th, 2016. I am leaving campus at noon and will be away until the start of the Spring Quarter 2016. Winter 2016 work that is submitted later than noon on March 24th will receive ZERO credit. No exceptions.


My exploits as a solo jazz vocalist can be found here: Feel free to click its "like" button. :-) 


EXCELLENT site for practicing your French! The University of Texas has produced a wonderful series of very useful video and audio clips, downloadable podcasts, and grammar explanations, on their web site called Français Intéractif. Beginning students ask me all the time where they can find French vocabulary and phrases pronounced for them on-line. This is the place: 

Tennessee Bob's Famous French Links: BOOKMARK THIS SITE! At the University of Tennessee at Martin, French professor Bob Peckham, PhD, has created an amazing web page that lists 10,000 links to sites related to the French language and to francophone culture, history, media and much more, all neatly organized by category. Allez-y! Check it out!

Radio broadcasts of French news, spoken in "français facile". Students who have completed a year of more of college-level French should be able to understand these broadcasts pretty well. In some cases you can click on "lire le script" and read what is being said. Go to the following link, and click to the left on "Journal en français facile".

TV5 Monde: This channel shows French language programming 24/7: movies, news, documentaries, talk shows, and more. Some programming is subtitled in English (movies, in particular), but most of it is not. This is great for intermediate and advanced students who want to work on their listening comprehension. TV5 is not available in all areas, so contact your cable company to see if you can get it. In most areas you will need either digital cable or a satellite dish. Comcast in San José charges me $10.99 per month to add TV5 to my basic cable subscription. Not too bad of an investment if you plan to watch it a lot. If you can read French, you might enjoy visiting the TV5 web site:

How to type accent marks using Windows: Follow the directions posted on this Penn State web page. (Merci Mattieu P., d'avoir trouvé ce lien!) 
How to type accent marks using a Mac:

Webcams in France and panoramic photos: 1) Select the French city of your choice from the list towards the top left of the screen, or click on the city's/region's button on the map of France. 2) Click on the "Valider" button. 3) Select "Webcams tourisme". 4) Click on any of the webcams listed.

email icon Email: Laura Karst
phone icon Phone: 408.864.8592



Last Updated: 4/21/16